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Where to find the BEST Nachos in SF bay area.... then best in east bay area?

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dianemaple Feb 10, 2013 10:25 AM

Hi,

Okay where can one find the BEST Nachos in the entire SF bay area.

Then the Follow up question of where in is the best place in the East Bay.

Lets just say driving there isn't an issue if they are good...

Last question.... which place has the spiciest Nachos :-)

Thank you!

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  1. Robert Lauriston Feb 10, 2013 10:53 AM

    I like the nachos at Triple Rock in Berkeley.

    I've never been served spicy nachos. I think you'd have to make them spicy yourself by adding hot sauce.

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      sambamaster Feb 10, 2013 11:31 AM

      I suggest you make them at home. I'll wager there are few restaurants that make nachos properly. Drizzling something like Cheez Whiz (or the Slow Food equivalent!) over tortilla chips does not constitute a plate of nachos. Each individual tortilla base should be spread with lardy refritos, topped with some grated cheese, then topped with a jalapeño slice or two, or three! Then placed under a broiler of some sort. Done. How hard is that? Funny, I would never dream of ordering nachos in a restaurant because it is so easy to do at home, and restaurant versions are usually pathetic. Straighten me out, there are some gems out there??? But really, to make them "spicy", meaning hotter, you add slices of chiles, normally jalapeño.

      1. BernalKC Feb 10, 2013 12:01 PM

        Puerto Allegre serves my favorite nachos. I always get the veggie ones. Theirs is not spicy, so I end up adding some of their salsa to it when it arrives at the table.

        That said, I agree with sambamaster that nachos are such a simple dish, it will be hard to argue that one place serves the "best." Any place that mixes good fresh ingredients and manages to get the nachos to the table with some crispness left in the chips is going to serve a winner.

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          jaiko Feb 10, 2013 01:20 PM

          "best" is such a personal thing that I can't imagine how any one place could ever be judged as having the ultimate dish (of anything).

          For example, my spouse and I don't mind soggy chips - well, a little soggy, not falling-apart-soggy. And actually, I don't like the usual leaden, overweighted-with-greasy-cheap-cheese versions.

          I like La Calaca Loca/Oakland, using the carne asada, because I like my nachos with meat. Whole beans and real queso fresco - their version satisfies completely without being heavy or greasy. Eat it in-house and they bring you three big squeeze bottles of medium, hot, and super-hot sauce; you can put on as much or little as you like.

          Otherwise, the NY Times' recipe for Short Ribs Chili Nachos was judged a winner at our recent Super Bowl party: http://www.nytimes.com/recipes/101451.... I used a chuck roast, but it comes out pretty much the same. The way it's assembled makes for a lighter dip – with no change in the quantities, it made two big casserole pans. Much better than the usual ground beef nachos.

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            absc Feb 10, 2013 04:16 PM

            I like the nachos at Papalote.

            1. escargot3 Feb 10, 2013 10:39 PM

              I recently enjoyed a plate of nachos at Fonda's late nite happy hour: melted cheese, guac, salsa fresca, jalapenos, plus al pastor w/ reduced price on nachos and drinks.

              1. The Dive Feb 11, 2013 03:43 PM

                I like Triple Rock's nachos (although they can soggy pretty fast). Also, of all places, McGee's in Alameda has really great nachos, made with freshly fried chips. Really the only thing I would recommend there other than the beer.

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                  foodeye Feb 11, 2013 04:34 PM

                  For nachos with a view, Mijita in the Ferry Building does a tasty but not spicy version.

                  1. Robert Lauriston Feb 11, 2013 04:36 PM

                    Does anybody do nachos with chips fried in lard?

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                      chefj Feb 11, 2013 05:13 PM

                      I hear Juan's Place in Berkeley fries their chips in lard and makes Nachos, but do not know for sure.

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                        drewskiSF Feb 12, 2013 09:20 PM

                        La Borinqueña does lardy chips and has nachos. Haven't tried them.

                      2. Scott M Feb 11, 2013 05:24 PM

                        Smoked pork nachos from Lagunitas Taproom in Petaluma. Along with a good selection of beers.

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                          slipson Feb 12, 2013 04:11 PM

                          I would recommend the Carnitas nachos from El Jarro in Lafayette.

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                            ernie in berkeley Feb 13, 2013 11:19 AM

                            I saw a great looking plate of nachos at Sol y Luna (Shattuck in Berkeley on the same block as Triple Rock). I'd already eaten so didn't try them, but this place has some of the best chips around, and the carnitas are pretty good.

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                              lmnopm Feb 13, 2013 09:01 PM

                              Is Picoso Taqueria in Epicurious Garden still around? I haven't been in many months (and don't go more than a couple times a year), but their chips are the best for nachos - delicious delicious chips, and they hold up for quite awhile. But then, I like my nachos not too goopy. Another place I rarely make it to is Taqueria Maria at Hilltop. The super nachos al pastor are delicious.

                              As far as spicy goes, I don't like pickled jalapeños, so it is all about the salsas for me.

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