Get out those tortilla chips, people. Sept. 16 is National Guacamole Day–and we think that is certainly worth celebrating. Take a “dip” at these Valley restaurants.
Though it’ll cost you a pretty penny ($12, actually), the guacamole at The Mission in Old Town has long been a favorite. But you get what you pay for with this tomato-less wonder–just resist the urge to lick the bowl. And be sure to order up a margarita to wash it down. www.themissionaz.com.
Phoenix’s Gallo Blanco dishes up divine made-to-order guacamole that is crafted with citrus, spices and cotija. Slap it on Gallo Blanco’s fresh tortillas. www.galloblancocafe.com.
Barrio Cafe’s award-winning guacamole is tasty enough to simply scoop with a spoon. The dip is crafted tableside so you can see the high-quality ingredients for yourself. www.barriocafe.com.
At La Hacienda at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, pretty much every day is National Guacamole Day. The resort restaurant dishes up guacamole fest that includes three unique varieties (you can even request a sampling of all three). Guacamole del Yucatan, made with citrus-marinated shrimp, salsa habanero, pico de gallo and orange onion escabeche, is a refreshing favorite. www.scottsdaleprincess.com.
SOL Cocina at Scottsdale Quarter dishes up four different and delicious varieties of guacamole: Naked Guacamole boasts just the basics; Guacamole SOL is kicked up a notch with mango and tequila; Guacamole Verano is especially unique with raspberries, chile con limon, serranos, almonds and cotija; and Corn Goddess Guacamole is full of grilled, crunchy corn. www.solcocina.com.
At America’s Taco Shop, they do simple guacamole at its best. Fresh avocados, a touch of lime juice, diced tomatoes, onions and jalapenos make up this traditional dish. Order up some horchata and chips and call it a meal. www.americastacoshop.com.
Mesa’s TQLA uses only the freshest ingredients in its delicious guacamole. The hand-hacked guac is made with diced onions, tomatoes, cilantro, peppers, pumpkin seeds (adding the perfect amount of crunch) and lime juice. www.tqla.com.
At its five Valley locations, Z’tejas dishes up its tasty Tableside Guac. Created right before your eyes, the guacamole includes avocado, tomatoes, red onions, cilantro, jalapenos, pepitas and Cojita cheese. Try Z’Tejas’ appetizer trio to pair the guac with the restaurant’s addictive queso dip and salsa. www.ztejas.com.