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Best Nachos?

It's national nachos day....

Who makes the best nachos?

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  1. call me crazy dirty, but i like the basic nachos with electric yellow nacho cheese and pickled jalapenos only ie at dodger stadium and staples...extra cheese sauce please.

    for meatier and fancy nachos, im all ears hounds...nice post...i want to know!

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    1. I like 'em at Don Antonio's on Pico and (when I was a lot younger and thought I was indestructible and would live forever) I liked 'em at Pancho's Tacos in Santa Monica.

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      1. re: Servorg

        One other thought (if you would like a place that has what seems like a "healthier" version) Loteria Grill http://loteriagrill.com/

        1. re: Servorg

          Good to know, those are close by, thanks.

          1. re: Servorg

            damn. We were at Don Antonios a couple of weeks ago. Didn't have nachos, but maybe we should've. Our main courses were so salty

            1. re: fgrade

              I've taken to getting an all meat burrito with their "stewed pork" that they normally pair with their salsa verde and I have avocado added. Sometimes I get it topped with sauce and cheese and sometimes I don't. I'm not very salt sensitive, so I don't find their food overly salty. That salt thing is really so incredibly variable.

              1. re: Servorg

                I've not found their food to be overly salty either, and I am sensitive to overly salted food......

                1. re: Servorg

                  We didn't have that burrito. It was a chimichanga and a burrito, both carne asada, and both way too salty. We also over heard another table mention the high blood pressure coming on due to the salty food. Must've been having an off night. And i agree with you on the salt variable. I have friends who add salt to their food as if were going out of style.

            2. mexicali taco co. no contest (for me)

               
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              1. re: ns1

                those look awesome -- is that chorizo with the nacho cheese and jalapeno?

                1. re: jessejames

                  it's whatever meat you want.

                  IIRC fresh chips, meat of choice, 2 kinds of cheese (melted nacho cheese + shredded cheddar IIRC), jalapenos, pico de gallo

                  you get pickled onions + salsa from their salsa bar to make it even more godly. When you get a good cook, they will stack the chips vertically (like my picture) so that the cheese runs through everything more evenly, and the chips don't get as soggy either.

                  1. re: ns1

                    Sounds great. I like a carnitas quesadillo this looks even better and I can do up carnitas and nacho sauce. Just cuz conversation w a hound is better than google where is Mexicali?

                    1. re: jessejames

                      It's downtown. Not convenient for me, anyway.

                    2. re: ns1

                      I agree with your vertical theory. Works good w round nachos at games too.

                      1. re: jessejames

                        man, i don't get the vertical thing at all. or the liquid cheese thing, either.
                        maybe i'm an old fart -- well, i am an old fart -- but i like the chips horizontal with cheese melted on them. i like the variations in texture of the cheese and the chips when they've been shoved under a salamander or broiler.

                        however, those do look tasty, so what do i really know?

                        1. re: linus

                          I don't like it when a few chips on top serve as a roof and get all the cheese while rest get none. Vertical allows the golden goodness to reach more surface area....anyway I gotta hit up that Mexicali spot. Photo such a tease!

                          1. re: jessejames

                            I love going into this thread just to see the picture up top.

                              1. re: ns1

                                Yes, you're killing me that I can't go there soon to try them....

                              2. re: jessejames

                                i don't understand how that works unless you're using the liquid cheese.

                                1. re: linus

                                  re: mexicali
                                  they use both hot melted nacho cheese and shredded cheese

                                    1. re: ns1

                                      I know... that is why I love it. The Nacho cheese is essential for the comfort factor...

                                      1. re: Dommy

                                        do you get the whiz on your boos' steaks dommy? i feel same way with that!

                                        1. re: jessejames

                                          Provolone! I had one on Tuesday.

                                          1. re: jessejames

                                            Absolutely! No other way!!

                                            --Dommy!

                                            1. re: Dommy

                                              i like the whiz, but maybe mexicali style with whiz and provolone??

                                                1. re: JAB

                                                  ok, one of each? fletch style, i'll have a steak sandwich and...a steach sandwich

                                        2. re: ns1

                                          doesn't the shredded cheese just fall down onto the plate or into the carboard basket?
                                          how can you put shredded cheese on a vertical chip?

                                          1. re: linus

                                            They use the hot melted cheese as a sort of glue that catches and holds onto the other ingredients, along with partially melting the shredded cheese onto the surface of the hot, melted cheese.

                                            1. re: Servorg

                                              thank you for the explanation. i think i can picture it.

                                              1. re: linus

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                                2. re: ns1

                                  Carne Asada nachos....something has been unlocked!

                                  1. re: jessejames

                                    Carne Asada nachos....something has been unlocked!
                                    ---------------

                                    Deliciousness. level 50. Mexicali is just north of DTLA, south east of Dodger stadium I think on Figueroa.

                              3. re: ns1

                                YESH!!!!!!!!!!!! I like them with the Al Pastor the best!

                                --Dommy!

                                1. re: Dommy

                                  I STILL have not had their al pastor. how is it compared to the heavy hitters?

                                  1. re: ns1

                                    Honestly... only Tacos Leo is better... but I find myself more likely to go Mexicali because I love their tortillas and they can do me up one Ranchero Style...

                                    --Dommy!

                                    1. re: Dommy

                                      Nachos at Carnitas Michaocan (No. Broadway at 19th above Chinatown) -- chips, tons of cheese, jalapenos, and choice of meat on top -- their al pastor comes sliced from a rotisserie spit, and if you manage to be there when freshly carved, heaven. But what sets these apart is the hot sauce -- best I've found in SoCal. Huge order, quite inexpensive. Better still -- same thing with fries instead of tortilla chips.

                                      1. re: nosh

                                        Have heard those fries are legendary... really need to get there to try them when I feel like having a heart attack!

                                        They use a white cheese right?

                                        1. re: Stravinsky

                                          On Carnitas Michaocan's fries, they use a yellow melted cheese sauce over the fries. If I ordered the dish again I would ask for the fries welldone to better standup to the cheese sauce. I might also try the carne asada in place of the al pastor, which is my regular choice there. The order is HUGE, easily shared. I'm a big eater and after lunch there, I took more than half home and still didn't finish all of the fries or cheese. Be sure to ask for as many of the thimbles of hot sauce as they will give you.

                                            1. re: nosh

                                              Is this not them?

                                              http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=h...

                                              Maybe the lighting is just playing tricks on me; why does the cheese sauce look white to me?

                                    1. re: ns1

                                      Wow, I just may have to stop for that!

                                      OTOH, the other food review site has high marks for Tacos Villa Corona's "Papas Nachos" … Potato Nachos. since the place opened I have bought the Papas Breakfast Burrito w Bacon but just heard about a nacho version.

                                      I'll let you know.

                                          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                            Thank you, Servorg.

                                            I am actually now Atwater Village Girl after buying my new home over a year ago. The restaurant is around the corner from my home:

                                            3185 Glendale Blvd
                                            Los Angeles, CA 90039

                                            It was always popular but, after appearing on Bourdain's No Reservations, it is VERY popular, especially since only one person can go inside at one time. So, a lot of people hang out on the street.

                                            1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                                              Great, thanks for that, Atwater village girl..... What do you mean, only one person can go in at a time, is it extremely tiny? A stand? Or they have a bouncer at the door?

                                              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                Just tiny inside.

                                                Here's a short snip of Bourdain's trip to Tacos Villa Corona

                                                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KAtLw...

                                                And it comes in #1 on LA Weekly's Best Breakfast Burrito

                                                http://blogs.laweekly.com/squidink/20...

                                                I still wanna check out Lucky Boy … never been.

                                                1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                                                  Ah, yes I see! Well, will have to keep them in mind when I'm passing through the area.....love breakfast burritos.....

                                      1. National Nachos Day - good to know! Was gonna make tacos tonight, but will see if the SO is agreeable to transitioning to nachos instead. Thanks for the info.

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                                        1. Love the nachos at Mission Cantina in Hollywood. Order one with a $20 pitcher of margarita and it's a good night.

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