The Tri-Cities Nacho Tour: Roo’s Pub & Grill Coquitlam

There are few foods as wonderful and flexible as nachos. Whether it’s melting some cheese over taco chips in the microwave, or a full beef and guacamole pyramid, nachos hit the spot every time.

While my love of nachos is well known, my friend Mike is a connoisseur. Plus, between him being a vegetarian and my gluten-free diet, a big plate of nachos are the perfect capper to a busy week.

Since we found ourselves sampling nachos around town, and since I am the publisher of a popular local blog, it seems like a match made in heaven. So I introduce to you The Tri-Cities Nacho Tour. Our mission is to sample all the local nachos we can find and report back here.

Our first installment takes us to Roo’s Pub and Grill in Coquitlam. Tucked away behind the Superstore and Coquitlam Chrysler, Roo’s has one of the nicer rooms in the Tri-Cities, with great vaulted ceilings and friendly staff. But enough about the place, let’s get to the nachos.

The plate arrived quickly and clearly fresh out of the oven. As the cheese cooled a little the first thing I noticed were the chips. A little different than you usually see, these multicoloured chips had an interesting texture, but a very nice level of salt. Not too little, not too much. Always a hard balance to get right.

The vegetables came out a little heavy on the green onion. Having that first bite though, the amount of vegetables were a good balanced, and cut very small so you could easily dip in the salsa.

I was a little disappointed with the amount of cheese. As you can see from the pictures it seems to have pooled a little in the bottom of the plate, so the chips weren’t as cheesy as they could have been. My preference is the more cheese the better. This cheese was more creamy than gooey, but the nachos had a very nice texture overall.

So final verdict, needed a little more cheese but good chips, nicely sized vegetables, and definitely hit the spot when paired with a Smirnoff Ice. Yeah that’s right, Smirnoff Ice. Don’t judge.

If you would like to weigh in with your favourite Tri-City Nachos, or if you would like to host Mike and I for an installment of the Tri-Cities Nacho Tour, leave a comment below or email me at

Tri-City Nacho Tour Score: 3 out of 5 nachos.

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