Best Nachos in San Diego??
We are looking for the perfect plate of nachos in San Diego. Any suggestions??
Funny, but I am a sucker for a good plate of nachos. Which to me means good chips, real cheese melted on top under a broiler, and possibly other toppings as well.
We don't have anything like LA's El Cholo here, which to me is the standard by which any nacho must be measured, but O'Brien's Pub in Kearny Mesa actually makes a pretty decent plate of nachos, IMO. They use good chips, real cheese, and no microwaving or cheese sauce is involved. They are generous with the jalapenos, black beans, and home-made salsa. It also doesn't hurt that they have one of the best craft beer selections in town.
When it comes to nachos, I go with the typical SD Mexican fast food style. I can't get down with any nachos that are made using pre-packaged Tostitos or Mission chips. Give me some good old deep fried tortilla chips and some carne asada and fixin's on top.
Some do it better than others. In general, Alberto's, Alejandro's, and the like are predictably bad. The chips are too greasy, the cheese is bad, the guacamole is terrible, and the meat and beans are the typical low quality.
However, at places like Sombrero's on 30th in South Park, and at the Roberto's in Mission Valley near Hazard Center (which is excellent all around), you get much better quality ingredients. Harvest Taco on Clairemont and Ruffin is excellent as well. As is Jose's Taco Shop off of College in Oceanside, in the Home Depot shopping center.
I haven't been back in a while...but Long boards had excellent Chicken Nacho's and they were massive...and half price if you got there before happy hour.
I believe there is nothing better than to have the Chorizo Nachos and a pitcher of Margaritas while sitting on the patio at Alphonsos in La Jolla. I believe that it is thecombination of beign outside that makes it great. They have other things than Chorizo for the nachos. They can be a complete meal.