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Where to Get the Best Nachos in LA

Published On 09/08/2015 Published On 09/08/2015
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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.

The Lobos Truck

The Lobos Truck

Food truck
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.
 

El Flamin’ Taco

Food truck
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.

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TLT Food

Various locations
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.
 

Tacos Villa Corona

Atwater Village
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!

HomeState

HomeState

East Hollywood
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.

Plancha Tacos

Plancha Tacos

Beverly Grove
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.

Upper West

Upper West

Santa Monica
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.

El Cholo

El Cholo Restaurant

Harvard Heights
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.

Tinga

Tinga

Hancock Park
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.)

Gus's BBQ

Gus’s BBQ

South Pasadena
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.

Sky's Gourmet Tacos

Sky’s Gourmet Tacos

Mid-City
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.

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Petty Cash Taqueria

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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Wilder Shaw is a regular Thrillist contributor who has no problem saying his favorite chip on Earth is the tortilla chip. Argue with him on Twitter at @WilderShaw_ and Instagram at @wildershaw.

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1. Tacos Villa Corona 3185 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039 (Atwater Village)

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.

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2. HomeState 4624 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027 (Hollywood)

This taco place is thriving on seven different, amazing breakfast tacos, as well as some delicious brisket-filled numbers.

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3. Plancha Tacos 8250 W 3rd St #108, Los Angeles, 90048

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.

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4. Upper West 3321 W Pico, Santa Monica, CA 90019 (Santa Monica)

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.

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5. El Cholo Restaurant 1121 Western Ave, Los Angeles, 90006

Home of the original LA nachos, this spot has been serving up Mexican favorites and margaritas since the 1920s.

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6. Tinga 142 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90021 (Mid Wilshire)

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.

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7. Gus's BBQ 808 Fair Oaks Ave, Los Angeles, 91030

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.

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8. Sky's Gourmet Tacos 5408 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, 90019

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.

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9. Petty Cash Arts District 712 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90021 (Downtown)

This acclaimed taco shop serves up classics like pig ear nachos and adobe-chili pork leg with pineapple and avocado.

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