DC Refined: Where to chow down on guacamole for Cinco de Mayo
“It’s not like we need a reason to dive into a fresh bowl of guacamole, but Cinco de Mayo is as good an excuse as any! The creation of this green gold is credited to the Aztecs, who mashed avocados using a mortar and pestle hundreds of years ago. The original name was ahuacamolli, which morphed into guacamole after the Spanish discovered the delicacy.
So, on America’s favorite Mexican holiday, here are 10 spots to indulge in the Aztec original.
Naturally, Cuba Libre offers a Cuban version of the fiesta fare. Their Pineapple Guacamole Cubano is made with avocado, grilled golden pineapple, roasted jalapeños, fresh lime juice, and EVOO. The dipping implement of choice is crispy plantain chips. ($6.75/$10.75)
With a name like Guacamole Supremo, it makes sense that El Centro is pulling out all the stops for their shareable guac. It’s loaded with avocados, roasted corn, queso fresco, toasted pumpkin seeds, crispy bacon, and the usual suspects—tomato, yellow onion, cilantro, and lime. ($14.75)
It may be simple—just avocado, jalapeño, onion, and cilantro—but the guacamole at Espita Mezcaleria is downright addictive. That could be because of perfectly crisp and flavorful tortilla chips made with fresh masa flour ground daily at the restaurant. ($10)
At this Bethesda spot specializing in Mexican street food, the guacamole is customizable. Diners can add grilled pineapple or crispy bacon to jazz things up. ($10, $2 per addition)
The new Mexico City-style taqueria from the team behind El Sol has a mean guacamole with a nice price tag. Their recipe consists of avocado, onion, cilantro, serrano peppers, tomato, and lime. ($7)
Todd English’s take on Mexican cuisine includes an upscale guacamole, featuring lobster and corn, as well as smoked chiles, red onion, and queso fresco. ($15)”
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Featured photo by Jai Williams, courtesy of Taqueria del Barrio.