My favorite nachos in Los Angeles are at (wait for it) ... Tinga! And yours?
Yeah, Tinga is not exactly super-authentic Mexican cusine; heck, it's probably not even "regular-authentic" Mexican.
But I think Tinga makes a great nacho. Tinga? You say. Why, yes.
The nachos here are out-of-this-world good.
Thick, housemade tortilla chips
Chunky fresh gaucamole
Good, smoky flavored chicken (not the bland shredded chicken haystacks you generally find)
Tangy sour cream
Not fancy, not overlarded with toppings, but just good wholesome ingredients that all taste just fine on their own, but really shine when eaten together in one bite.
Downside? Portions are small, and it's a bit pricey. But heck, the eye candy is good, and for that I suppose a few bucks extra is kinda of ... ok.
So, that's my favorite place right now for nachos.
Where do you go for your nacho fix?
I LOVE Salsa & Beer's nachos. I get it to go and they fill that box up. They use their usual, awesome chips and all the toppings are good. And they use real cheese, not the glowing neon cheez goop. It's one of my fave comfort food dinners.
Salsa & Beer
6740 White Oak Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406
So Tinga pushed 7-11 http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3815... down into second place for you, Ipster? lol
I have had some very good nachos at Loteria Grill (shredded beef ones in lieu of chicken - and they offer both).
6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036
142 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Casa Garcia in Pico Rivera - legendary nachos.
8838 Whittier Blvd, Pico Rivera, CA 90660
Pepe's in Alhambra has some of my favorite nachos. Total junk food and I normally can't stand nacho cheese, but they make it with shredded cheese, beans, guacamole, and a bit of their chile verde sauce.
Melted cheese on the chips is a must. That plastic "nacho cheese" with that day-glo yellow is nasty.