If you exist in America and have ever set foot in a sports bar, chances are you’ve wasted stomach space on some pretty shitty nachos. Erase those foul memories by indulging in a plate of some of the best fixings-topped tortilla chips L.A. has to offer. You’re supposed to share, but you probably won’t want to.
A favorite of Jonathan Gold, the barbacoa nachos at this sunny Highland Park stripmall spot stand the test of time. Don’t be intimidated by their size—you’ll devour every bite. 6300 York Blvd., Highland Park.
Tender beef mingles with molten yellow cheese atop a pile of chips at the charming Chinatown standby. 702 N. Figueroa St., Chinatown.
Does a Frito pie qualify as nachos? Honestly, why argue when you should be fork deep in brisket chili? Various locations.
Nachos Supreme at El Compadre
A plate of special-sauce-topped nachos at El Compadre pairs perfectly with a flaming margarita. Locations in Hollywood and Echo Park.
We never knew we needed nachos with cheese sauce and shredded cheese till we tried these. Located at Angel City Brewery, 216 Alameda St., downtown.
Give your nachos a modern spin with this version, topped with roasted rainbow cauliflower, crispy kale, poblano crema, pepitas, and jack cheese. 7360 Beverly Blvd, Beverly Grove
Nachos at El Tepeyac Cafe
The nacho plate here is as classic as the cafe itself, which dates back to 1942. Expect a pile of chips smothered with melted cheese, guac, beans, and sour cream. 812 N. Evergreen Ave., Boyle Heights
The legendary Valley spot tops theirs with beef chorizo. Their as classic as the neon sign outside. 13301 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks
Nachos at Dodger Stadium
Are you even an Angeleno if you haven’t eaten nachos out of a small, heavy helmet? 1000 Vin Sculley Ave., Elysian Park.
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