The rich creaminess of guacamole is something Washingtonians crave. From made-in-front-of-your-very-eyes tableside guac to the more adventurous, off-the-beaten-path tastes, here are the top five places in DC to dip your chip.
3241 M St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
Celebrity chef Mike Isabella’s Mexican restaurant, Bandolero, is a popular Georgetown place to get guacamole that is taken to the next level. Its freshly made guacamole features jalapeno peppers for a kick, aside the usual suspects of onion, cilantro and lime. The guac is scooped up with a side of the house-made masa crisps, which are a type of corn tortilla chips that are freshly fried in house. In addition to the masa crisps–and in keeping with Mike’s passion for pig–fresh fried chicharrones are mixed in the basket to scoop up the green goodness. The guacamole can be ordered straight up on its own or there’s La Muestra, which adds three fresh, house-made salsas next to it for a delicious way to start a fabulous Mexican meal.
3313 11th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20010
El Chucho’s freshly made guacamole is an extremely popular menu item in this hip, cozy Columbia Heights restaurant. It’s tangy and thick and served with house-made chips that are perfectly suited for handling the heavy load. Served with a side of salsa as well, the refreshing tomatoes are a perfect complement to the richness of the guacamole. Don’t be surprised to find a pit in the middle. El Chucho makes its guacamole fresh every morning and the pit keeps it from turning brown. Enjoy some chips and guac on the inviting rooftop.
1819 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
El Centro is a popular Mexican restaurant on 14th Street that serves elevated traditional Mexican cuisine. Its guacamole is made fresh, tableside in a molcajete and served with a side of salsa. It starts with ripe avocados and then adds the chunky tomatoes and onions along with shredded cilantro and Serrano chilies for a slightly thicker guacamole. El Centro’s guacamole is perfect for those looking for a kick to the traditional guacamole. Scoop it up with light and crispy tortilla chips made in house.
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401 7th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
Oyamel’s South American-themed menu is a great place to get crafted guacamole made tableside in the stone molcajete. Famed DC chef Jose Andres take traditional guacamole and kicks it up a notch with ingredients that differ from your usual guac. The red tomatoes are replaced with green tomatillo, which add a more citrus flavor to the guacamole. Then Serrano chilies replace the traditional jalapeno for a robust, flavorful kick. The guac is topped with crumbled queso fresco, adding a light cheesy flavor, and served with a basket of fresh, house-made tortilla chips that are very light and crispy.
575 7th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
Rosa Mexicano is an upscale Mexican restaurant located in Gallery Place next to the Verizon Center. The guacamole is the most popular item on the menu. It’s no wonder why when you experience the tableside guacamole. Starting with handcrafted, Mexican molcajetes that are each unique with a pig’s face on the front, the guacamole is carefully crafted to your specifications. If you want it spicy, your server can add more chilies. If you want more cilantro, let your server know. The delicious guacamole has been a staple at Rosa Mexicano since 1984. Served up with a side of chips and some aromatic sauces, the restaurant also provides you with mini tortillas that you can turn into a guac taco.
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