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Hunter's Ale House, Charlottetown, PE

On July 27, 2005 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Hunter's Ale House opened its doors, and for years, has been showing tourists and islanders a good time. Hunter's ensures that you leave fully entertained by their live music and satisfied with their delicious food. One of their specialties is their nachos, with 6 different plates of nachos to choose from:

1. Classic Nachos
2. Bacon Cheeseburger
3. Mexican Style
4. Pulled Pork
5. BBQ Chicken
6. Chicken Curry

We went again in 2023 and there was no question as to whether or not we were going to have some nachos.

Hunter's Ale House Classic Nachos Party for One: December 2023

Hunter's Size Mexican Nachos - December 2022

Hunter's Ale House Mexican Plate Hunter's Size- December 2019

Hunter's Size Mexican Nachos-December 2018

Hunter's Size Mexican Nachos-December 2018

Distribution of Toppings

In the past, the chip to cheese ratio was a problem at Hunter's Ale House. In December 2022, there was an option for extra cheese so there was no issue this time around. However, the beef was mostly in the centre and not all around the chips. Thus, the overall distribution of toppings was not perfect, but I was happy with the cheese distribution. 

The Classic Nachos had a great distribution of toppings and we ordered extra cheese again in 2023. I think I would always pay extra for some extra cheese because it really is the make or break of the nachos. 

Quality

The chips were tasty and had a spice sprinkled on them. The vegetables, though they were a bit sparse, tasted fresh. The beef was moist yet could have used a bit more seasoning. They do use a nice cheese blend which is a key component in all great nachos. 

When you order extra cheese, they really give you plenty of cheese. However, the cheese was tasty but had no spice added to it. The Classic Nachos are veggie nachos that feature green onions, jalapeño, and tomatoes. The jalapeños were very spicy and the veggies were very flavorful. 

Value

The Mexican Nachos come in two sizes: Party for one ($19.99) and Hunter's Size ($24.99). The Classic Nachos come in two sizes: Party for one ($16.99) and Hunter's Size ($19.99).You receive two salsas and two sour creams with the "Hunter's size" plate of nachos. For extra toppings it is $.79 extra. For extra salsa and sour cream it is $1.49 extra. For extra cheese it is $3.99 extra. It is slightly higher than average, but the Hunter's Ale House is located in the heart of downtown Charlottetown and you receive great service and entertainment while you enjoy the delicious nachos. When you consider that some places charge $5.00 for extra cheese, $4.00 for extra dips, $5 for meat, this is a pretty fair price.

Quantity

This plate is not as large as the Snooty Fox nachos or Sneaky Dee's, but I was pretty full after sharing this plate for a late night snack. It could be shared between two people for a meal, especially with meat and extra cheese added.

The Classic Nachos Party for one are good to share for a late night snack, and could easily be a lunch for one person.

Service

The waitress was very attentive as usual. On previous visits, our server even went above and beyond to make sure the cook  distributed the cheese and toppings on our nachos. She had a good sense of humor and talked to us about the hockey game, even though it was very busy there. We always find our server checks up on us regularly and offers a refill as soon as my drink drops below half full. During our last visit during Christmas holidays 2022, the live music was so loud that I could only point to the menu and use improvised sign language, nonetheless the service was friendly and efficient. We are three for three in 2023 with the service. 

Conclusion

I always look forward to visiting Hunter's Ale House when I am in Charlottetown. It's a vibrant atmosphere and they consistently serve a solid plate of nachos. Although we ordered their smallest, simplest plate of nachos on our latest visit, I thought they did a great job with the distribution of toppings and provided a lot of cheese cooked to perfection. The only thing I would change with their nachos is to add some seasonings. That would make them an excellent nacho. 

Nacho Blog Rating: A-