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Boston's Best for Guacamole

Mouthwatering guacamole is the main attraction at these south-of-the-border spots in Boston.

  • Casa Romero
    • Mexican
    • Back Bay
    Food
    24
    Decor
    24
    Service
    23
    Cost
    $35

    The $8.50 guacamole is the best way to start a meal at this hidden Back Bay eatery, where the inventive menu includes everything from roasted pepper quesadillas to chicken breast stuffed with cactus and cheese.

    • Mexican
    • Back Bay
    Food
    24
    Decor
    21
    Service
    22
    Cost
    $25

    The Guacamole en Molcajete ($11) is a house favorite at this Back Bay eatery. Made fresh to order and served with warm, crispy chips, it’s extra satisfying when paired with a crafty sangria or margarita.

  • Temazcal Tequila Cantina
    • Mexican
    • Seaport District
    Food
    24
    Decor
    24
    Service
    20
    Cost
    $41

    This Seaport District Mexican blends New England classics with south-of-the-border cuisine. The proof’s in the guacamole: choose the traditional option with serrano chiles ($12) or go for the lobster guac ($16), which brings chunks of lobster into the mix.

  • Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar
    • Latin American
    • Back Bay
    Food
    24
    Decor
    25
    Service
    23
    Cost
    $35

    Guacamole has its own section on the menu at this Back Bay tequila den. Traditional and spicy orders aside, guac fare comes with diced smoked bacon ($10) or with jumbo lump crab and Atlantic lobster ($15). If you can’t decide, say “I want it all” for a sample of the two, plus the spicy variety ($14).

  • Olé Mexican Grill
    • Mexican
    • Cambridge
    Food
    24
    Decor
    19
    Service
    20
    Cost
    $21

    The tableside guac at this Mexican grill is a staple starter on the brunch and dinner menus. Served with corn tortilla chips and house salsa, it comes in servings for two ($7.95) or four ($9.95) at brunch, or as a more substantial side at dinner ($12).

  • El Centro
    • Mexican
    • Brookline
    Food
    23
    Decor
    23
    Service
    21
    Cost
    $26

    At this small South End Mexican spot, you can order a standard guac for $8 or choose a more adventurous, chorizo-topped version for $9.

  • Papagayo
    • Mexican
    • South Boston
    Food
    23
    Decor
    22
    Service
    23
    Cost
    $26

    Tacos, enchiladas, fajitas and other classic Mexican fare taste best when they follow a starter of housemade guacamole, prepared tableside with the option of adding carrots and celery for an extra crunch ($10.95, extra $1 for veggies).

  • The Painted Burro
    • Mexican
    • Somerville
    Food
    20
    Decor
    22
    Service
    19
    Cost
    $31

    Guacamole is a mainstay on the seasonal menu at this Somerville spot, which offers a classic version for $9 and one topped with pork belly and roasted grape tomato for $13.

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