Smokey Bones BBQ Mag Nacho

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I don’t know what “Mag” means, but these are some decent nachos.

I ordered them without cheese sauce. I’ve ordered them once — on Friday, 27 May 2022, over lunch in Clearwater, Florida.

Update: I ordered these a second time, in July 2022. Same location. Same excellent lunch company. Same excellent nachos.

First of all, they’re pretty. Just gorgeous. But how do they eat?

There’s nothing even remotely greasy about their chips. There was enough cheese. Ample pulled pork and chicken. I was concerned that they come with BBQ sauce on them, but it worked.

I shared these with an old friend, plus one beer apiece, and it was a filling lunch. Really good for the $17.99 spent (plus beers, tax, and tip).

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We didn’t have any left, so I can’t comment on how they are the next day (cold or reheated). Sorry about that, but running out because they’re good (and with no complaints about portion size) is more plus than minus.

The Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill menu describes them as:


Freshly fried tortilla chips topped with BBQ pulled chicken, hickory smoked, hand pulled pork, cheese sauce, cheddar jack cheese, tomatoes, sliced jalapeños, sour cream, sweet BBQ glaze and cilantro.

They also offer a version “Minus the Meat” for $11.99 with 1,470 purported calories. I didn’t try those.

Nacho Evaluation Criteria

By what measure, nachos? Seems the criteria should be:

  • What kind of cheese? Just the petroleum-based movie-dispenser nacho cheese “sauce“? Exclusively real cheese? A combination?
  • Is the cheese melted? It should be.
  • Taste
  • Freshness of ingredients
  • Abundance of various ingredients
  • Chips: Are many of them stuck together? Are they soaked in oil (yuck)? Are they crispy? Do they cut the roof of your mouth?
  • Ingredient distribution: Are the toppings sprinkled on top, or are they layered throughout the pile of chips?
  • Greasiness of chips
  • How you feel after the meal
  • How are they the next day (refrigerator-cold)?
  • How are they the next day (microwaved)?
  • Price


Carmelita’s Nachos

It’s probably not a good long-term strategy to start at the top, but here I go anyway. The best nachos I can remember can be had (consistently!) at Carmelita’s Mexican Grill & Cantina in Dunedin, Florida. The cheese is real and abundant. The chips aren’t greasy. They taste and feel great.

The quantity of everything is unbelievable. The chicken is fresh, seasoned, white and abundant. As with any seasoning, it is a very personal preference, but you soon stop thinking about things like that when you put chip to mouth at Carmelita’s.

Their mild salsa is also top-shelf. I’ve ordered nachos (and nothing else) and had chips and salsa (free for the table, I believe) as a side dish. So good.

I don’t have any photos of Carmelita’s nachos today, but I’ll come back and add a photo someday.

Recommendation: Buy. Eat. Rejoice!

Location Details:
Carmelita’s Mexican Cafe
1280 Main Street
Dunedin, Florida 34698


Nacho Ingredients

At their most basic, nachos are corn chips and cheese. But what a food design playground nachos can be!

Here are some common ingredients in nachos:

  • Corn chips (required)
  • Cheese (required)
  • Meat — chicken, ground beef, steak
  • Tomato
  • Jalapeño pepper slices
  • Lettuce
  • Salt (usually just cooked into other ingredients)

Here are some common toppings for nachos, all of which can also be dips: