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My favorite nachos in Los Angeles are at (wait for it) ... Tinga! And yours?

ipsedixit May 24, 2011 10:38 AM

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.

The particulars:

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?

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    ns1 May 24, 2011 10:49 AM

    Chanos half order carne asada nachos, no beans + XL orange bang. Dinner of champions.

    I'm curious about Salsa & Beer's nachos.

    3000 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90007

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    1. re: ns1
      Jelly71 May 25, 2011 10:38 AM

      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

      1. re: Jelly71
        ns1 May 25, 2011 12:31 PM

        thanks for the report!

    2. Servorg May 24, 2011 11:03 AM

      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).

      Loteria Grill
      6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

      142 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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      1. re: Servorg
        Discokill May 24, 2011 11:21 AM

        Yeah, was gonna reply Loteria but Servorg beat me to it so seconded.

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          Servorg May 24, 2011 11:23 AM

          The good thing is; first or second to reply - those nachos are still killer good! ;-D>

        2. re: Servorg
          ipsedixit May 24, 2011 08:16 PM

          Have you tried the 7-Eleven ones recently? I think their chili sauce formula changed, and the chips are now more salty than before.

          1. re: ipsedixit
            Servorg May 25, 2011 05:19 AM

            So, that would be a "downhill alert" on 7-11 nachos then? ;-D>

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          rmb123 May 24, 2011 11:28 AM

          Casa Garcia in Pico Rivera - legendary nachos.

          Casa Garcia
          8838 Whittier Blvd, Pico Rivera, CA 90660

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            Ernie May 24, 2011 05:53 PM

            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.

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              granadafan May 24, 2011 09:05 PM

              Melted cheese on the chips is a must. That plastic "nacho cheese" with that day-glo yellow is nasty.

              1. DrBruin May 24, 2011 10:18 PM

                I'm having a nacho craving right now... Where's Exilekiss's "Nacho Battle" Report when you need one???

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                1. re: DrBruin
                  Miri1 May 25, 2011 11:40 AM

                  I have two.

                  1) Pizza World on Fairfax just S of third near the Grove (kosher) has Nachos Delux that are so good! Drippy with cheese and beans... yum!

                  And I love Real Food Daily's "Not'chos" I think they're called. Vegan, amazingly delicious with cashew cheese and beans and guac. And if you order, as an extra, the tco mix? Watch out! I will eat the WHOLE thing. And they give you a huge portion so you might want to share...

                  Real Food Daily
                  414 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048

                  Pizza World
                  365 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                  1. re: Miri1
                    Servorg May 25, 2011 11:44 AM

                    "And they give you a huge portion so you might want to share..."

                    But not with you! ;-D>

                2. hyacinthgirl May 25, 2011 01:53 PM

                  To be fair, I don't often order nachos when I'm at Mexican restaurants because I'm focused on the other food.
                  That said, I'm still a little hesitant to admit that the best nachos I have had in LA were at... Backstage Bar and Grill.
                  Thick homemade chips, not too heavy toppings. Pretty damn delicious.

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                  1. re: hyacinthgirl
                    ipsedixit May 25, 2011 08:16 PM

                    That really is the key, isn't it?

                    Good, hearty, thick nachos and a judicious hand with toppings (as long as they are quality toppings).

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                      hyacinthgirl May 26, 2011 12:44 PM

                      And I think that's where so many nachos fail, the chips are often too thin to hold up to the toppings.

                      1. re: hyacinthgirl
                        ipsedixit May 26, 2011 08:31 PM

                        The 7-Eleven nachos, even in their halcyon days, were always a fork and spoon endeavor.

                  2. Arthur May 26, 2011 11:45 AM

                    FYI: Apropos of this thread, www.blackboardeats.com is offering a free 30% discount passcode for Tinga. The passcode must be acquired by 11 AM PST tomorrow and redeemed by July 23, 2011.

                    142 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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                      Wonginator May 26, 2011 04:08 PM

                      Any OC recs for favorite nachos? My favorite is at Los Sanchez in Garden Grove. What makes their nachos so good, besides the generous portions of meat and the extra plate for the sour cream and guacamole, is the mix of enchilada sauce with the cheese.

                      I've tried other recommendations, like the Albertos/Alertos/Alejandros clones, but it doesn't even come close.

                      I'd really like to find another good nachos place in OC. I'd love to hear where others think have the best nachos.

                      Los Sanchez Restaurant
                      11906 Garden Grove Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92843

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                      1. re: Wonginator
                        reality check May 26, 2011 11:29 PM

                        Los Sanchez is great for everything. Always packed, no matter what time of day. Glad they moved from Harbor Blvd to this new location.

                        Los Sanchez Restaurant
                        11906 Garden Grove Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92843

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                        sydvischus May 27, 2011 08:25 AM

                        Believe it or not, Poquito Mas has delicious nachos - and huuge portions.

                        1. orythedog Jan 28, 2013 01:49 PM

                          list of Best LA Nachos:

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                          1. re: orythedog
                            ns1 Jan 28, 2013 01:56 PM

                            HAHA #5 is my first response to this thread.

                            El Cholo @ #4 = WTF? Looking at them I wouldn't put that in top 5000!

                            I'm shocked and appalled by the omission of Mexicali Taco Co

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                              ipsedixit Jan 28, 2013 02:28 PM

                              It took LA Weekly nearly 2 years to figure this out?

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                              ns1 Jan 29, 2013 11:21 AM

                              heh, SGLA's article on MT&C's nachos, incl. recipe:


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