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Here’s Where to Indulge in a Plate of Nachos Around Atlanta

Beef, bean, and even tater tot and wonton nachos topped with cheese, guacamole, and salsa

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Nachos and their many iterations — overflowing with crunchy chips, gooey cheese, and a myriad of toppings from spicy ground beef to three bean chili — are all over Atlanta. But they’re not all created equal. It’s only fitting that Eater Atlanta takes some time to focus on some of the greatest takes the city has to offer. This list spans classic versions to those made with waffle cut fries and tater tots, representing the best places to dig in.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Taqueria Tsunami

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The Latin-Asian restaurant stays true to its culinary theme, even with the nachos. Tortilla chips are swapped out for crispy wontons and topped with queso, pico de gallo, corn salsa, and a choice of ground beef or kogi BBQ short rib. Off menu hack: substitute beef for ahi tuna sushi.

Asian nachos at Taqueria Tsunami Taqueria Tsunami

El Taco Veloz

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Perfect for people in a hurry, order Taco Veloz’s nachos from the comfort of the car at the Buford Highway location’s drive-thru. The Super Nachos are packed with a choice of meat (the chorizo is excellent,) refried beans, cheese, jalapeños, onions, and sour cream. 

El Taco Veloz

Taqueria Taquito Express

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Don’t overlook this gas station taqueria in Chamblee at the BP. The nachos here come loaded with shredded chicken, queso dip, cheese, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and jalapeños. 

Taco Cantina

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Taco Cantina serves nachos with black beans, grilled corn, pico de gallo, guacamole, and onions and a hearty drizzle of queso.

Taco Cantina nachos Taco Cantina

Taqueria San Pancho

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Located just west of the Home Depot on Lawrenceville Highway in Tucker, this counter-serve Mexican spot offers several a variety of great taco options from carne asada to chicken to tripe to grilled shrimp. But, don’t skip the nachos here. Order the fully-loaded super nachos topped with meat, queso, refried beans, salsa, and guacamole. For just under $9, it’s a hearty meal.

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Industry Tavern

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The glossy sports bar in Buckhead flies under the radar, but don’t sleep on the lobster nachos here. Lobster knuckles and claws mingle atop crispy chips with pico, queso, and black beans for a fancy-fied version of nachos.

Lobster nachos at Industry Tavern Industry Tavern

Cafe Sunflower Buckhead

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Vegans and vegetarians with a hankering for nachos should head to Sunflower Cafe in Buckhead or Sandy Springs. Order the Supreme Nachos stacked with three bean chili, Daiya cheese, tomatoes, jalapeños, and guacamole. 

Three bean supreme nachos at Cafe Sunflower Cafe Sunflower

R. Thomas' Deluxe Grill

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The fun and funky Buckhead institution on Peachtree Street puts a healthy twist on their nachos, labeled as “Chips Deluxe” on the menu. Multi-colored chips are topped with spicy, shaved vegetables and white cheddar. Hummus, red bean dip, salsa, and sour cream are served on the side. R. Thomas is open 24/7.

R. Thomas’ Deluxe Grill R. Thomas Deluxe Grill [Official]

D.B.A. Barbecue

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Barbecue lovers should head over to D.B.A in Virginia-Highland for the restaurant’s pulled pork, pulled chicken, or brisket nachos topped with the usual fixings.

Barbecue nachos at DBA Barbecue D.B.A. Barbecue

The Original El Taco

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This Virginia-Highland Mexican restaurant is so serious about nachos, they dedicate Thursday evenings to the dish. DIY nachos include add-ons like pickled jalapeños, corn, lime slaw, and a fried egg. 

build-your-own nachos at Original El Taco Original El Taco

The Nook on Piedmont Park

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Switch out tortilla chips for tater tots at the the Nook in Midtown just off Piedmont Park, and order their trademarked Totchos. There are eight varieties, including the buffalo chicken Totchos with grilled chicken, spicy buffalo sauce, blue cheese dressing, and blue cheese crumbles as well as the loaded PoTotchos with cheese sauce, sour cream, bacon bits, shredded cheese, and scallions.

the Macho Totcho tater tot nachos at the Nook The Nook

Willy's Mexicana Grill

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This Atlanta-based, quick service chain keeps its nachos traditional and affordable. Here the nachos are DIY style. Don’t skip the queso and grilled peppers on those nachos.

Nachos at Willy’s Willy’s

The Vortex Bar & Grill

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The Midtown and Little Five Points restaurants cater to those with gluttonous palates — triple bypass burger — and the nachos are no exception. Start with a base of tortilla chips, “Cheesy-Cheese Goo”, and red salsa. Then, customize at will. Available toppings include: sour cream, fried chicken, burger patties, pineapple salsa, guacamole, and atomic death sauce.

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Cypress Street Pint & Plate

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Cypress Street in Midtown uses waffle-cut sweet potato fries as the base for their nachos. Topped with blue cheese, cheddar, Sriracha, and Sriracha ranch dressing, it’s a sweet and spicy package on a platter. There’s also chicken nachos made the classic way for the nacho purist. 

 waffle cut sweet potato fries nachos at Cypress Street Cypress Street Pint & Plate

The Righteous Room

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Head to the dive bar in Poncey-Highland or in Brookhaven for a plate of Righteous Room’s Mega Chips. Add salsa, guacamole, sour cream, and then a choice of protein — the veggie chili is especially delicious.

The outdoor seating at the Righteous Room in Poncey-Highland Atlanta with two hanging flower baskets and neon sign lit up yelp/dave n.

Sweet Auburn BBQ

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The Mexican treat gets a barbecue twist at Sweet Auburn BBQ in Poncey-Highland. Chips are piled high with pulled pork, charred corn pico, and queso fresco. 

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Manuel's Tavern

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The historic neighborhood bar is known for politics-watching and satisfying pub grub. It’s also known for their nachos. Order a half or full plate of nachos at Manuel’s. The chips are smothered in a jalapeño cheese dip, diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and jalapeños. Customize with pulled pork, chicken, chili, or black beans. Guac is extra, and sour cream is by request. 

Superica

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Not the usual pile of chips, the nachos at Superica (and suburban sister The El Felix at the Battery and Avalon) are prepared individually. The plate comes with each chip stacked with refried beans and melted cheese, along with healthy scoops of sour cream and guacamole in the center. Topping them off with grilled steak is recommended, but there’s also grilled shrimp.

Shrimp nachos at Superica Superica

Taqueria Tsunami

Asian nachos at Taqueria Tsunami Taqueria Tsunami

The Latin-Asian restaurant stays true to its culinary theme, even with the nachos. Tortilla chips are swapped out for crispy wontons and topped with queso, pico de gallo, corn salsa, and a choice of ground beef or kogi BBQ short rib. Off menu hack: substitute beef for ahi tuna sushi.

Asian nachos at Taqueria Tsunami Taqueria Tsunami

El Taco Veloz

El Taco Veloz

Perfect for people in a hurry, order Taco Veloz’s nachos from the comfort of the car at the Buford Highway location’s drive-thru. The Super Nachos are packed with a choice of meat (the chorizo is excellent,) refried beans, cheese, jalapeños, onions, and sour cream. 

El Taco Veloz

Taqueria Taquito Express

Don’t overlook this gas station taqueria in Chamblee at the BP. The nachos here come loaded with shredded chicken, queso dip, cheese, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and jalapeños. 

Taco Cantina

Taco Cantina nachos Taco Cantina

Taco Cantina serves nachos with black beans, grilled corn, pico de gallo, guacamole, and onions and a hearty drizzle of queso.

Taco Cantina nachos Taco Cantina

Taqueria San Pancho

Robert A/Yelp

Located just west of the Home Depot on Lawrenceville Highway in Tucker, this counter-serve Mexican spot offers several a variety of great taco options from carne asada to chicken to tripe to grilled shrimp. But, don’t skip the nachos here. Order the fully-loaded super nachos topped with meat, queso, refried beans, salsa, and guacamole. For just under $9, it’s a hearty meal.

Robert A/Yelp

Industry Tavern

Lobster nachos at Industry Tavern Industry Tavern

The glossy sports bar in Buckhead flies under the radar, but don’t sleep on the lobster nachos here. Lobster knuckles and claws mingle atop crispy chips with pico, queso, and black beans for a fancy-fied version of nachos.

Lobster nachos at Industry Tavern Industry Tavern

Cafe Sunflower Buckhead

Three bean supreme nachos at Cafe Sunflower Cafe Sunflower

Vegans and vegetarians with a hankering for nachos should head to Sunflower Cafe in Buckhead or Sandy Springs. Order the Supreme Nachos stacked with three bean chili, Daiya cheese, tomatoes, jalapeños, and guacamole. 

Three bean supreme nachos at Cafe Sunflower Cafe Sunflower

R. Thomas' Deluxe Grill

R. Thomas’ Deluxe Grill R. Thomas Deluxe Grill [Official]

The fun and funky Buckhead institution on Peachtree Street puts a healthy twist on their nachos, labeled as “Chips Deluxe” on the menu. Multi-colored chips are topped with spicy, shaved vegetables and white cheddar. Hummus, red bean dip, salsa, and sour cream are served on the side. R. Thomas is open 24/7.

R. Thomas’ Deluxe Grill R. Thomas Deluxe Grill [Official]

D.B.A. Barbecue

Barbecue nachos at DBA Barbecue D.B.A. Barbecue

Barbecue lovers should head over to D.B.A in Virginia-Highland for the restaurant’s pulled pork, pulled chicken, or brisket nachos topped with the usual fixings.

Barbecue nachos at DBA Barbecue D.B.A. Barbecue

The Original El Taco