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Best Nachos?

yum4fun Mar 15, 2007 07:45 PM


I LOVE nachos. Where's the best place in L.A/Pasadena/SGV to feast on this?


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    Jwsel RE: yum4fun Mar 15, 2007 09:02 PM

    My favorite nachos are very nontraditional, but the Chili My Soul nachos are decadent. They are nothing more than chips covered with your choice of chili plus three of the side orders. I always top mine with sour cream, cheddar cheese and salsa. The chips are freshly made and delicious (with a seasoning on them). I also usually select a chili with some beans to add some texture. My personal favorite is the Gunslinger, which is an 8 on the 1-10 spiciness scale.

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      SauceSupreme RE: Jwsel Mar 30, 2007 09:09 AM

      I love the nachos at Chili My Soul also. I'm all about the Mindy Remix (half Poblano Turkey, half Habanero Mango Chicken).

    2. Xericx RE: yum4fun Mar 15, 2007 09:04 PM

      Sharkeez in Manhattan Beach. Wooooo so good.

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        Hershey Bomar RE: Xericx Mar 16, 2007 09:40 AM

        Didn't that meatmarket burn to the ground?

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          RoxyGrl RE: Hershey Bomar Mar 16, 2007 11:01 AM

          that was Hermosa

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            Swoshmn RE: RoxyGrl Mar 27, 2007 10:08 AM

            And just passed permits to make it even bigger once it's rebuilt, a second story with patio area over looking the pier.

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              Xericx RE: Swoshmn Mar 27, 2007 10:22 AM

              thanks for the update! Awesome.....

      2. marlyd RE: yum4fun Mar 15, 2007 09:12 PM

        Don't forget to try Loteria in the Farmer's Market by the Grove (Fairfax & 3rd). They have 2 versions: chicken and also shredded beef. Veeryyy good!

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          yum4fun RE: marlyd Mar 15, 2007 09:21 PM

          Thank you. Does this come with all the fixin's? Guac, sour cream, etc?

        2. ipsedixit RE: yum4fun Mar 15, 2007 09:16 PM


          Weird, I know ... something to do with high school memories and puberty I guess.

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            thebat RE: yum4fun Mar 15, 2007 09:27 PM

            I like the Nachos at The Great Onion in Duarte, on Huntington Dr.
            I'd like to know of more places that have great nachos in SGV too!

            Someone on chowhound recommended nachos from Los Chiles Locos in Monrovia. Worst suggestion ever! Not recommended at all!

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              yum4fun RE: thebat Mar 16, 2007 07:40 AM

              Good to know...thanks :)

            2. Das Ubergeek RE: yum4fun Mar 16, 2007 08:46 AM

              (Don't hit me!)

              Fuddrucker's. I mean, holy crap, the pile of truly tasty, tasty nachos you get for $5 or so is shocking... and you can add more cheese (either regular or what Midwesterners call "queso", with jalapenos) from heated bins at the self-serve condiment bar if you have some "dry" chips.

              Not the least what Ignacio Fulano created in Piedras Negras, but much, much tastier.

              I also need to try the nachos from Alerto's, or maybe it was Alberto's? On Brookhurst, whatever it was -- the place where ordering the half order gets you the same amount as the full order, but at a lower price). Have to wait, though.

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                yum4fun RE: Das Ubergeek Mar 16, 2007 10:55 AM

                Fuddrucker's?! Oh no.

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                  Das Ubergeek RE: yum4fun Mar 16, 2007 12:37 PM

                  I know, I know, but the nachos are so tasty!

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                  hch_nguyen RE: Das Ubergeek Mar 17, 2007 11:26 AM

                  Wow the number of times I've been to Fuddrucker's I never once thought to try the nachos. I have to admit I actually like their burgers, but it's been ages of course. Also, I had no idea that most people don't know what queso is. I've always known what you described as queso to be queso. Must be a Tex-mex thing because in Texas, I ate queso all the time in all manner of "Mexican" restaurants.

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                    Xericx RE: Das Ubergeek Mar 27, 2007 01:37 AM

                    oh yeah.....Fuddruckers had great nachos when I grew up....crispy chips....lots of ground beef and sour cream...and that cheese...

                    oh so good.

                    oh yeah, i also like the nachos at El Cholo....its just cheddar and chips and really greasy but its awesome with their salsa and sliced jalepenos

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                    Wonginator RE: yum4fun Mar 16, 2007 09:41 AM

                    A bit out of your area, but in OC, I just had some of the best nachos at Los Sanchez in Garden Grove earlier this week. Their Super Nachos was a huge plate of wonderful goodness for $6, with lots of cheese beans, and salsa, and your choice of meat (I chose the shredded beef on my last visit). The portions were so huge that the sour cream and guacamole were served on a separate plate.

                    1. MeAndroo RE: yum4fun Mar 16, 2007 10:19 AM

                      I enjoy the nachos at Chano's, particularly the one by USC. Chips, beans, meat, tomatos, onions, cilantro, and if you want meat, you got it. You can ask for guac and sour cream if you feel so inclined, though I rarely do since most places put too much on. Pour some hot sauce and it's delicious. Perhaps the best part is that they use shredded cheese instead of that goopy nacho cheese syrup. All for 6 bucks.

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                        RaeRenee RE: MeAndroo Jan 25, 2008 06:40 PM

                        I have to second this. I've never had better. The location in the Koreatown area isn't bad either.

                      2. mollyomormon RE: yum4fun Mar 16, 2007 10:33 AM

                        This is pretty embarassing to admit, but I really like the nachos at both Cabo Cantina in Brentwood and from Baja Fresh.

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                          katkoupai RE: mollyomormon Mar 16, 2007 10:44 AM

                          I like the nachos at Baja Fresh too. :)

                          My fav nachos are the carne asada nachos at Taco Mesa in Costa Mesa. The plate is so huge. I love it. That's really far from LA/Pasadena/SGV, though. I haven't found a favorite nachos place here, and that's too bad, because I love nachos.

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                            aching RE: mollyomormon Mar 27, 2007 10:01 AM

                            I like the Baja Fresh nachos too! And I also like Wahoo's.

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                              katkoupai RE: aching Mar 29, 2007 09:55 PM

                              I've never tried the nachos at Wahoo's-- don't eat there much, but I will give them a try, per this rec. :)

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                              Emme RE: mollyomormon Mar 29, 2007 10:34 PM

                              Oh lord, another yea for Baja Fresh.

                              Good nachos and margaritas at La Cabana on Rose. (original, midori, and mango margaritas all rock!)

                            3. Silver Lake Guy RE: yum4fun Mar 16, 2007 10:54 AM

                              King Torta on Valley & Boca, not far from Soto. Not sure if it's considered El Sereno, but it's just so of SoPas. Amazing tortas (homemade bread) but surprisingly good nachos.

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                                roobnla RE: Silver Lake Guy Mar 29, 2007 10:12 PM

                                Totally agree with your take on King Torta, great torta's and the nachos are just as good with heaps of sour cream, guacamole, beans, cheese and your choice of meat.

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                                  katkoupai RE: roobnla Mar 29, 2007 10:16 PM

                                  I want to check this place out, especially if it's in El Sereno (not too far from Pas).

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                                  WildSwede RE: Silver Lake Guy Mar 30, 2007 11:36 AM

                                  Do they have Al Pastor? If so, is it any good?

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                                    phant0omx RE: Silver Lake Guy Jan 26, 2008 12:50 AM

                                    yes this is El Sereno.

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                                    Ernie RE: yum4fun Mar 16, 2007 10:57 AM

                                    I usually find nachos disgusting, especially the kind with the processed and melted orange cheese stuff, but the nachos at Pepe's in Alhambra are yummy. They add a little bit of chile verde pork to it which makes it great.

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                                      katkoupai RE: Ernie Mar 16, 2007 11:11 AM

                                      Yum. Sounds good. Luckily, some places make it with other kinds of cheese. At Taco Mesa, they put white Mexican cheese on their nachos (queso blanco, I think). It's really good.

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                                        kure RE: Ernie Jan 27, 2008 01:25 AM

                                        I had a large carne asada nachos from Pepe's for dinner last week. It was so good!

                                      2. PurpleTeeth RE: yum4fun Mar 16, 2007 11:38 AM

                                        The Carnitas nacho's @ Nacho's are crazy good. As is their Carnitas burrito, it's the best I hav ehad in Los Angeles.
                                        16835 Devonshire St
                                        Granada Hills, CA 91344
                                        (818) 368-8182

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                                          FoodaholicinLA RE: PurpleTeeth Mar 30, 2007 05:21 PM

                                          There is a "Hole in the wall"mexican restaurant on the corner of zelzah and devonshire that has the best chicken nachos. They pile all the fixins and enough for two people! I havn't been there in a while but the nachos are the bomb!

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                                            katkoupai RE: FoodaholicinLA Mar 30, 2007 05:27 PM

                                            I think you are talking about Socorro's, right next to Subway and CSUN. I've never had their nachos, but they had pretty good food.

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                                              FoodaholicinLA RE: katkoupai Apr 3, 2007 05:18 PM

                                              Yes, you hit the nail on the head! It's been a couple of years since I have been there and wasn't sure if they changed the name or not. The nachoes are great even if you do take out, thanks katoupai!

                                        2. tatertots RE: yum4fun Mar 16, 2007 12:50 PM

                                          Don Felix on Sawtelle Blvd. Palms Area, Take Out box full of Nacho Goodness - I've only gotten it with the Carne Asada which is so tender, sour cream, good amount of cheese, sour cream, chilis and your choice of salsa (red/green). "Great Taco Hunt Blog" has a good review about this place too: http://tacohunt.blogspot.com/2005/12/...

                                          1. brekkie_fan RE: yum4fun Mar 17, 2007 09:38 AM

                                            It's 9:30am, and now i want nachos. Thanks.
                                            Great recs . . .now i need to convince my latose guy we need to go!
                                            Los Sanchez and Taco Mesa, here i come.

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                                              lilygirl RE: yum4fun Mar 17, 2007 09:46 AM

                                              Okay now i need nachos ... i usually go to a local joint here in whittier ... El Buen Gusto off of Beverly/Norwalk in a small shopping Center ... They are best eaten-in rather than take out ... choice of ground/shredded beef or chicken ... guaco, pico de gallo, beans, real cheese not the liquid cheese ... they hit the spot.

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                                                bulavinaka RE: yum4fun Mar 17, 2007 09:50 AM

                                                I had a tostada for the first time at Taqueria Sanchez. I normally don't order this from TS as I'm more of a taco-burrito-sopes kind of eater. I was surprised that it didn't come assembled on top of the normal flat corn tortilla or in the fried flour tortilla bowl. It was basically made up of the traditional layers of frijoles, meat (I ordered the al pastor), lettuce, sliced tomatoes and avocados, then topped with some crema and cojita cheese, but on the bottom was a huge portion of tortilla chips! Because TS has a respectable salsa counter, I just ladled on the guacamole and salsas, and had a great meal. To me, it was like nachos, but with lettuce added in, and the portion of al pastor (with its nice pieces of pineapple mixed in) was very generous. I consider myself a big eater - I also ordered two tacos con pollo. I could barely finish one of the two tacos after working on the nachos disguised as a tostada...

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                                                  SRosie RE: yum4fun Mar 27, 2007 10:10 AM

                                                  please don't laugh until you've tried them, but I love the Nachos at Hard Rock.... I know, it's a sad sad thing to say, but I was a HRC waitress for several years, and the Nachos were really good - especially when the chips were fresh and hot BEFORE baking all the good stuff on top.
                                                  -they also used to have a really good Spinach/chicken dip, and now, i've got a craving!

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                                                    Liskypisky RE: SRosie Mar 30, 2007 10:56 AM

                                                    Ok, brace yourselves. I have tried nachos at many different restaurants and it always comes back to the same place for having the best ones...dun dun duuuun... The Cheesecake Factory. Don't knock it till you try it. I know there are a lot of cheescake factory hating people on chowhound, but trust me, their nachos are perfect!

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                                                    sallybean RE: yum4fun Mar 30, 2007 11:08 AM

                                                    Tangier in Los feliz.. get the steak nachos, they are great!

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                                                      LisaStitch RE: yum4fun Mar 30, 2007 11:25 AM

                                                      Definitely Sharkeez. Enormous and all the toppings you could possibly want.

                                                      Also - Dodger Stadium has great nachos if you know where to go to get the really good ones, with the ground beef and all the toppings. I think it's Camacho's, or maybe they're at regular Dodger stands and just called Macho Nachos or something? It's been a while... so glad baseball season is starting up in the few days!!!

                                                      1. WildSwede RE: yum4fun Mar 30, 2007 11:39 AM

                                                        My favorite - favorite nachos are the ones from Las Fuentes in Reseda. Okay, I know someone is going to order them and say "What the HELL??". All they are are chips, a light-red almost enchilada sauce and cheese. I swear, there is just something about them that I can't refuse. They have to be eaten there or in the car. These buggers get soggy FAST!!

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                                                          jenndoe RE: yum4fun Jan 25, 2008 06:21 PM

                                                          Casa Garcia - 8838 Whittier Blvd
                                                          Pico Rivera, CA 90660
                                                          (562) 948-3776

                                                          Get the chili verde!

                                                          1. Moose RE: yum4fun Jan 26, 2008 02:02 PM

                                                            The best nachos I've had are at El Abajeno in Culver City (On Inglewood just S. of Culver)

                                                            On the menu it's called a super tostada, but it's really nachos. Basically, it's a crispy flat corn tortilla surrounded by chips. On top of that, they pile refried beans, carnitas, avocado, cheese, then smothered with red chile sauce. It pretty much feeds two. Major YUM.

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                                                              augustus gloob RE: Moose Jan 26, 2008 03:00 PM

                                                              Baja Cantina in Venice. Chicken nachos are amazing

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                                                                waxfondler RE: augustus gloob Jan 26, 2008 06:51 PM

                                                                I might get some heat for this but I still like the Nachos Bell Grande at Taco Bell. =(

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                                                                  Hollis Greene RE: waxfondler Jan 31, 2008 08:43 AM

                                                                  Not mad at the Nachos Bell Grande. I'm personally a big fan of the nachos from Baja Fresh in Los Feliz (next to Costco/Best Buy). And Sharky's in Pasadena.

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                                                              emilymm RE: yum4fun Jan 27, 2008 08:03 PM

                                                              El Carmen (Tequila bar on 3rd and Crescent Heights) expanded their menu not too long ago. They have the best nachos with all of the fixin's-- guacamole, cheese, sour cream, etc. with your choice of meat. All that for about $6 for a huge portion.
                                                              El Carmen has really good bar food as it is and the nachos are the best!

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                                                                jeremypb RE: yum4fun Jan 28, 2008 08:36 AM

                                                                i love the nachos at el tapatio #2 in glendale (on glendale just north of los feliz). get the asada. theyve got the best beans in la too. they make the nachos.

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                                                                  nrique RE: yum4fun Jan 28, 2008 02:03 PM

                                                                  Taco Village in Montebello has a very good Nachos, Pollo or Asada.
                                                                  Crispy torilla chips, REAL cheese, good Frijoles (beans) Wet or re-freid, Sour Cream and guacamole.

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                                                                    Oh Robin RE: yum4fun Jan 29, 2008 12:36 PM

                                                                    The grilled chicken nachos at Yard House are huge and excellent.

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                                                                      Xericx RE: Oh Robin Feb 2, 2008 10:16 PM

                                                                      I had these last weekend, didn't dig them that much. Not enough cheese.

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                                                                      fatty1923 RE: yum4fun Jan 29, 2008 04:13 PM

                                                                      I second Casa Garcia in Pico Rivera. The Chile Verde and Carne Asada are both great and they really pile on the toppings.

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                                                                        PimpinDG RE: yum4fun Jan 30, 2008 01:57 PM

                                                                        Don Antonio's and Marix get my vote.

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                                                                          oohenrioo RE: yum4fun Feb 2, 2008 10:14 PM

                                                                          Carnitas Michoacan on Broadway near the 5 freeway has the awesomest nachos ever! If you want strictly carne asada and gooey cheese, then this is it. Just ask for the nachos "especial" and you'll have a styrofoam box full of nacho delights, no extras like guacamole, tomatoes and whatnot, just strictly meat and cheese. I drive an hour from the OC just to get some of those nachos!

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