Where to find the best nachos in Vancouver

Can you imagine a world without nachos? When Ignacio Anaya decided to melt cheese on top of tortilla chips for a group of American army wives stationed in Mexico during the Second World War, he truly changed our snacking lives forever. Nowadays, you'll spot a plate of tortillas and melted cheddar on almost any restaurant menu. And even though it’s difficult to be disappointed by nachos, some are undeniably better than others.

Tacofino Gastown

15 Cordova St W, Vancouver, BC V6B 1C8

Known mostly for its tacos, Tacofino also does a super fine plate of nachos topped with chopped tomato salsa, green onions, chorizo (optional), and chipotle sour cream. Here’s the kicker: these nachos use feta instead of cheddar or mozzarella and, surprisingly, it works.

La Tortilleria

145-1689 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9

Hidden away in Granville Island’s famous public market, La Tortilleria can be easy to miss, but “miss out” is something you do not want to do when it comes to their nachos. A relatively small and humble dish compared to others on this list, these nachos are authentically similar to nachos you might come across in Mexico. And they’re cheap too! Chopped tomato salsa, fat black beans, guacamole and sour cream all melt together over two layers of tortillas to create that classic flavour combo you’re going for when you try to make nachos at home in your pyjamas.

St Augustine's Crafts Brew House

2360 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5N 4B7

Carnivores should be excited to try the nachos at St. Augustine’s on Commercial Drive. Piled high with pulled pork, salsa, sour cream, and green peppers, you could basically dig into a plate of these with a knife and fork. Your tortilla chips will be snapping under the weight of all the meat, but that’s hardly a bad thing because – yum!

La Casita Restaurants

101 Cordova St W, Vancouver, BC V6B 1E1

This Gastown favourite offers an ingenious twist on traditional nachos: a gigantic plate of tortilla chips arrives with a bowl of melted cheese and toppings in the centre, so that you must dip the chips in the cheese. Confused? Think of it this way: you don’t have to worry about unequal coverage! No chip can be left without toppings when you get to individually top each one yourself.

Patron Tacos & Cantina

265 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6B 0E7

If you’re looking for nachos made with traditional Mexican ingredients, then look no further than Patron Tacos & Cantina whose plate of nachos is like a taste fiesta in your mouth. Yellow corn tortilla chips are layered with sour cream, pico de gallo, jalapeños, tart salsa, and your choice of meat: Mexican chorizo, beef tinga or chicken tinga.

LOCAL Public Eatery Kitsilano

2210 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver, BC V6K 1B5

A favourite dish among Kits residents, Local’s nachos are served with chunks of avocados, lots of gooey Monterey Jack cheese, refried beans, pulled chicken and barbecue sauce. Sour cream is drizzled on top and guacamole is served on the side. You won’t want to share!

Bandidas Taqueria

2781 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N 4C5

For the veggie inclined, this popular taqueria lets you “veganize” your nachos with vegan cheese and vegan sour cream. Bandidas offers four different kinds of nachos to choose from: the Pascale Mark (sweet peppers, corn and jalapeños), Pete and Bits (feta, goat and mozzarella cheese with pinto beans), Hampton (chipotle tofu and pinto beans) and G.L.D. (roasted pineapple, black beans, spicy Mexican corn mix and fresh jalapeños).

Salsa & Agave Mexican Grill

1205 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2R6

You can’t go wrong ordering nachos at a restaurant that specializes in Mexican food. The guacamole gets rave reviews at this casual Yaletown spot, and those who don’t care for much heat can rest easy knowing that salsa and toppings are famously mild.

TAPshack Eatery

1199 West Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 0A1

This Coal Harbour restaurant overlooking the Burrard Inlet may be known for its expansive patio and stunning views, but it also boasts a killer plate of nachos. Fully loaded and served with ample salsa and sour cream, amp up this already impressive platter with pulled pork or chicken and don’t deny the guacamole. Bring a group to tackle the mound or make it your final stop after a city-wide seawall bike trip and dig into it with a friend. You’ll be hungry.

Sometimes you just need a bite of something delicious to get you from point A to point B, without the hassle of sitting down to dine on a full meal. The next time you happen to find yourself strapped for cash or time or both, let’s hope you’re near East Vancouver’s Hastings-Sunrise neighbourhood – a veritable paradise of snacks and tasty munchies for under $5.
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