The Tri-Cities Nacho Tour: Original Joe’s in Coquitlam


Nacho Tour Original Joe's Austin Station Coquitlam

It was time to get the band back together and hit the road. The quest to eat every nacho in the Tri-Cities must continue, and continue we did. This time it’s Original Joe’s at Austin Station in Coquitlam.

It’s a nice sized room when you walk in the place. Plenty of TVs to watch the Canucks beat the Carolina Hurricanes that Friday evening. Official Nacho Taster® Mike was on hand as always. The staff was friendly and the service was prompt. But here’s what really stood out. You know you have confidence in your nachos when you hang this large picture on your wall.

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That’s a throwdown. That’s a “all the other nachos need to step off, we’ve got a tractor!” line in the sand. These are nachos to be taken seriously. So let’s get to it.

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They are called the Red Tractor Nachos. The plate is $18.50, which puts it on the high end of the local nacho scale. Along with the chips and cheese we’ve got roma tomatoes, red and green onions, black olives, and jalapenos. I like how they come out in a basket all spread out. Makes them easier to share, also you don’t end up with spots with lots of cheese and spots with none. Even cheese is always important, and the Red Tractor Nachos score very well in that regard. A fairly good amount of vegetables. Not the most I have seen but overall a fairly good balance. The chips were fairly standard, but did the job. Where the Red Tractor Nachos score well is in volume. You get a lot of nachos for your $18.50.

So the verdict. Good cheese coverage, solid vegetable content, salsa and sour cream were plentiful. Nothing fancy or out of the ordinary, but this is a solid plate of nachos. Extra marks for the nonsensical “Red Tractor” branding with the even stranger “since 1910” claim.

Tri-Cities Nacho Tour Score: 4 out of 5 nachos.

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