Carmen Rocha was a waitress in Texas who brought nachos to Hollywood when she started working at El Cholo restaurant in Los Angeles in 1959. According to, “Jack Nicholson remembers [Rocha] as a friendly outgoing lady that loved to make this special snack for special guests that was not even on the menu.” El Cholo restaurant is still there, at 1121 S. Western Avenue though, sadly, Carmen Rocha, the wonderful woman who brought nachos to the West, died in 2008.