Making guacamole is a true art in Southern California. With the influence of Mexico right in our backyard, it seems every restaurant has its own special guacamole touch. Don’t wait until Cinco de Mayo to meet amigos for chips and guac. These five restaurants are ideal for happy hour, gourmet dining, take-away or a quick bite to eat.
La Sandia Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar
395 Santa Monica Place, 305 N.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Chef Richard Sandoval, otherwise known as the “father of modern Mexican cuisine,” dishes out a multi-dimensional spiced guacamole. Prepared tableside, restaurant guests experience La Sandia’s guacamole presentation from start to finish. This favorite guacamole is made with fresh avocados, plump vine ripened tomatoes, onion, cilantro and just the right dash of chile serrano. La Sandia’s skillet nachos and grilled quesadillas are excellent dishes to order along with the guacamole. Sit at the tequila bar and order the restaurant’s “Bottomless Guacamole” for only $5 per two guests.
Petty Cash Taqueria
7360 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
At Petty Cash, chef Walter Manzke makes guacamole to order, so it’s always fresh. At this newly-opened restaurant, Chef Manzke pulls together an array of over-the-border-inspired ingredients in his guacamole. Featuring the chef’s favorite heirloom variety of Fuerto avocados, this guacamole is made with red onions, Serrano chilies, cilantro, lime salt and garnished with pico de gallo and toasted pumpkin seeds.
7217 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Craving authentic Mexican food? Frida Tacos is the answer in Los Angeles. Open until 3 a.m. during the weekend and midnight during the week, Frida’s satisfies with its traditional Mexican snacks including guacamole ordered on the side. Made with traditional ingredients, Frida’s guacamole is a little chunkier – guests will find bigger pieces of roughly chopped avocado, tomato and onion. Order guacamole with a side of slightly salted tortilla chips and you’ll get exactly what you are looking for.
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Sol Y Luna
19601 Ventura Blvd.
Tarzana, CA 91336
It’s all about the guacamole when dining at Sol Y Luna in the Valley. The table-made condiment gives guests a true taste of Mexico. The beauty of tableside preparation is that this Sol Y Luna “guac man” customizes it exactly how his guests prefer. Like it hot? He will heat up the green delicacy just for the table. Sol Y Luna’s guacamole is fresh, tasty and chunky, and a real treat combined with the restaurant’s homemade salsa.
La Parrilla Wilshire
1300 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Thirty-three years says a lot about a restaurant, which is how long La Parrilla has been open for business. This Mexican kitchen offers a whole lot of tasty platos, but first and foremost, flag down the roaming guacamole cart. Made exclusively with Hass avocados, La Parrilla’s version of guacamole is simple in nature, but complex in taste made with jalapeno, onion, cilantro, salt and of course, avocado. The guacamole here complements the restaurant’s pescados (fish), carne asada azteca, fajitas, enchiladas and tostadas.
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