Posted by: mikeeatsdetroit | June 29, 2008

The Holy Grail (of Nachos)

For many years the middle nacho has been thought to be a myth.

Middle nacho (Noun Mm-iid-ILL Naa-tchoh)-The nacho in the middle of the nacho platter where all the toppings accumulate.

Problem is by the time you dig away all those other nachos, the perfectly congealed mix of cheese, refried beans, guacamole etc. has been pulled in so many different directions that the middle nacho is a shell of its former self.

Friday, I was passed half a plate of fully loaded nachos at the Rochester Mills Beer Company. Having given up the quest for the middle nacho years ago I began eating what was left, just happy with the fact that I was eating free nachos. Then it happened, mindlessly I picked up one of the last remaining nachos.

It was even more beautiful in person, I almost didn’t want to eat it but…………

temptation took over.

Rochester Hills Beer Company is located on the corner of 3rd and Water St. in downtown Rochester. Its built in an old textile factory to house it’s giant brewing tanks. The bar is split up into two sections, on one side giving the casual dining feel and the other side feels more like a bar with pool tables, cigar room and a dance floor crawling with cougars (probably it’s dark in there). On weekends they have a rotating roster of pretty decent cover bands and a patio which opens in the summer.

Oh yeah they brew their own beer.



  1. IMO, the whole “middle nacho” idea results from a fundamental misunderstanding as to what a nacho is. Nachos should not be a plate of tortilla chips buried under layers of assorted glop! Each nacho should be a distinct chip with its own toppings centered on it and enough untopped edge to allow the consumer to pick up the nachos one at a time without getting your fingers greasy. If you want corn chips buried under layers of goo, you want Frito pie!

  2. I think you’re right, each nacho leading up to the middle nacho can be exactly how you described but the occasional middle nacho is a nice added bonus. I believe up north we refer to frito pies as a walking taco, which I am definatly going to have to try this week and comerica cityfest in Detroit.

    Either way Texan by Chance I can tell you are a man whose passionate about food, the way you describe nachos is pure poetry, I’m damn glad you read my blog and would like for you to show me where to get some good BBQ if i ever find myself in Texas.

  3. Thanks for the kind words. If you ever make it to Austin, I’ll be glad to take you on a BBQ tour.

  4. where is this place at? i have not had good nachos in a long time.

  5. q :vivan´los´restaurantes´mexicanos: en´detroit :!!!

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