Chips: so good. Cover them with cheese: even better. Put more delicious things on top of those chips covered in cheese: give me this forever. Here are the 12 best nachos in LA.
What you’re getting: Green Dragon Wachos
Because the dudes who run the Lobos Truck love you, they invented Wachos, aka waffle-fry nachos. Same nacho goodness, but on a bed of delectable waffle fries. Try the Green Dragon Wachos, with Green Dragon sauce-tossed waffle fries, guacamole, scallions, and ranch.
What you’re getting: Carne asada nachos
The precious angels at El Flamin’ Taco know exactly when you want nachos the most, so they’re kind enough to be found posting up outside of bars at closing time (especially Bigfoot Lodge). Long story short: your 3am can now come complete with carne asada nachos with refried beans, cheddar, avocado, jalapeños, and sour cream.
What you’re getting: Pork belly nachos
Any jabroni can get nachos WITHOUT braised pork belly. But only the jabronies who go to TLT Food can get nachos WITH braised pork belly, courtesy of Chef Daniel Shemtob who’s turned the Lime Truck into one of LA’s best ‘cho spots.
What you’re getting: Chilaquiles
This little family-owned joint has been ordained by Anthony Bourdain (Bourdained?), and he wasn’t wrong to do so; you can’t go wrong with anything on the entire menu. Grab the chilaquiles (breakfast nachos) and prepare for something special. Also, there's a chilaquiles burrito. Also also, cash only. Also also also, it closes at 2pm. SO HURRY UP!
What you’re getting: Frito pie in a bag
Fritos are chips too, bro, something HomeState realized right before it whipped up the magic that is the Frito pie in a bag; Fritos topped with chile con carne or black beans, cheddar cheese, lettuce, sour cream, tomatoes, pickled jalapeños, and pickled red onions. Y’all thought Fritos were a thing of the past? Not in Texas they ain’t. Not. In. Texas.
What you’re getting: Jimmy nachos
Just because artisan nachos exist, doesn’t mean you can’t stuff your face with the classics. Plancha does some of LA’s best with old-school ground beef, nacho cheese, sour cream, salsa, and pickled jalapeños.
What you’re getting: Lamb nachitos
Like nachos? Well then you’re gonna LOVE lamb nachitos with BBQ braised lamb, black bean puree, yellow corn/olive tapenade, sweet pickled jalapeños, and two cheeses. We’re not worthy, Upper West. We’re not worthy.
What you’re getting: Carmen’s original nachos
Carmen Rocha has long been credited with bringing nachos to Los Angeles, so like, it’d be disrespectful to not go and order some, ya know? It’s what Carmen would have wanted.
What you’re getting: Cochinita pibil nachos
Orange- and achiote-marinated pork with habanero salsa. Pico de gallo. Pickled red onions. Queso fresco. Jack cheese. There’s a reason these bad boys are repeatedly named LA’s best nachos. (The reason is that they’re LA’s best nachos.)
What you’re getting: Pulled pork nachos
House-made tortilla chips topped with BBQ pulled pork, four-cheese sauce, BBQ baked beans, smoked mozzarella, Jack cheese, tomato, red onion, guacamole, pickled jalapeño, and BBQ drizzle = your new favorite food/snack/afternoon tea.
What you’re getting: Sky’s nachos
Tired of super-basic nacho toppings? Well feast your eyes... and mouth on what Sky’s has to offer: beef, chicken, turkey, shrimp, filet mignon (!), crawfish (!!), salmon (!!!), tilapia (!!!!), mahi (!!!!!), and lobster (!!!!!!). Pick one (or all) of them, and then think to yourself... what a wonderful world.
Mid-City and Arts District
What you’re getting: Pig ear nachos
PCT has a shiny new location in the Arts District, and the pig ear nachos are dripping with excellence (not to mention crema poblana and a soft runny egg). Get over the whole pig ear thing and try them. #Trust.
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1. Tacos Villa Corona3185 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles
2. HomeState4624 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles
3. Plancha Tacos8250 W 3rd St #108, Los Angeles
4. Upper West3321 W Pico, Santa Monica
5. El Cholo Restaurant1121 Western Ave, Los Angeles
6. Tinga142 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles
7. Gus's BBQ808 Fair Oaks Ave, Los Angeles
8. Sky's Gourmet Tacos5408 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles
9. Petty Cash Arts District712 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles
10. Petty Cash Taqueria7360 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles
This tiny Mexican joint has got some of the best breakfast burritos in all of LA -- and that's aside from their pappas and delicious guac.
This taco place is thriving on seven different, amazing breakfast tacos, as well as some delicious brisket-filled numbers.
If you're going to do something, so it right — that's Plancha's attitude about seemingly ever single item on their menu. Their creative spins on classic Mexican dishes will prove satisfactory whenever you eat them, but especially late night after bar close when their Jimmy Nachos are literally heaven on Earth.
Upper West's a loft-like, open kitchened bistro w/ a huge patio, serving up dolled-up versions of American classics and helmed by a team that's been in charge of restaurants the world over, from Miami, to Tel Aviv, to, yes, even Fort Worth, Texas.
Home of the original LA nachos, this spot has been serving up Mexican favorites and margaritas since the 1920s.
This La Brea taqueria is brightly colored and is serving up hand-pressed tacos filled with deliciousness like bitter orange, 72 hour pork, and habanero salsa. They've also got chipotle corn dogs (!), fried chicken, and super refreshing drinks like horchata, the stuff those dudes in Vampire Weekend seem to love.
And oldie and a goodie, this family-friendly BBQ joint ha been serving up delicious hot meals since the '40s. Get your fix of slow cooked staples and even Mexican dishes here.
The sky's the limit here for how outlandish you want to get with your fixin's. From crawfish to lobster to filet minion, you might want to reconsider those basic chicken nachos in favor of something wilder.
This acclaimed taco shop serves up classics like pig ear nachos and adobe-chili pork leg with pineapple and avocado.