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Sep 7, 2009 04:45 PM

Best Nachos in San Diego??

We are looking for the perfect plate of nachos in San Diego. Any suggestions??


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  1. 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.

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    1. re: Josh

      Nothing like nachos from El Cholo on Western or Wilshire..
      I really like the large nachos at Alfonso's in La Jolla..classic with guac and sour cream with lots of melted cheese that is done under a broiler..feeds two people easy.

    2. I LOVE the nachos at The Roxy in Encinitas. They are to die for :)

      1. So, don't hate me for this,....but....

        7-11 stores have a cheese machine that dispenses super el cheapo cheezy cheese. You can put as much cheese as your heart desires on the chips. I likey.

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        1. re: Dagney

          Oh Dagney, such desparation!

          1. re: cstr

            Ha! My husband just read this and said, " I cannot believe I have been married to you for two years and I didn't know that."

            1. re: Dagney

              Surprise! it only gets better as the years go by, trust me I have a lot more
              time-in-grade than you guys.

        2. 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.

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          1. re: cookieshoes

            Agreed - I think the nachos at Sombreo's are very good and, of course, a great bargain. My local Sombrero's is in Mission Valley. I'll have to try a nacho plate from Roberto's for comparison.

            1. re: Divamac

              Fred's on Garnet in Pacific Beach makes a mean plate of nachos.

              Question: What do you call stolen cheese?

              Notchyo cheese.

          2. 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.