Notable Dishes

Chicago's Best for Guacamole

From the authentic, traditional variety to interesting concoctions (green apple and mango, anyone?), here are Chicago's best guacamoles.

Topolobampo

MexicanRiver North
4.8
Food
4.5
Decor
4.6
Service

At lunchtime, try the bacon guacamole with bacon, spicy morita, grilled onion, smoked tomato, and añejo cheese.

Frontera Grill

MexicanRiver North
4.7
Food
4.3
Decor
4.5
Service

Rick Bayless serves up two guacamoles with just-made tortilla chips: the Frontera Guacamole with cilantro, lime, green chile, and tomato, and the Tropical Guacamole with Manila mango, crunchy cucumber, spicy morita chile, and smoky onion. Order them with the two salsa varieties (three-chile with garlic and roasted tomatillo with serrano and cilantro).

Mercadito Chicago

MexicanRiver North
4.4
Food
4.0
Decor
3.9
Service

This River North Mexican showcases six different types of guacamole on its menu: Traditional, Piña (with pickled pineapple), Tocino (with bacon and corn), Nopal (with grilled cactus), Toreado (with sauteed chile serrano), and Mango.

Masa Azul

MexicanLogan Square
4.4
Food
4.1
Decor
4.3
Service

The guacamole at this Modern Mexican comes with serrano chile, cilantro, lime, and red onion, and is served with chicharonnes tossed with salt and crushed arbol chili powder.

Takito Kitchen

MexicanUkrainian Village
4.3
Food
4.1
Decor
4.2
Service

For an upscale option, try the avocado pine nut purée with pickled garlic, jalapeño, and cilantro.

Taco Joint

Lincoln Park
4.2
Food
3.9
Decor
3.9
Service

Choose from Traditional, Rojo (with roasted tomato and roasted red jalapeno salsa), Fruita (green apple, mango, and habanero-guava salsa), and a daily special.

Taco joint

MexicanRiver North
4.2
Food
3.9
Decor
3.9
Service

Choose from Traditional, Rojo (with roasted tomato and roasted red jalapeno salsa), Fruita (green apple, mango, and habanero-guava salsa), and a daily special.

Nacional 27

Nuevo LatinoRiver North
4.1
Food
4.2
Decor
4.0
Service

Go for either the traditional variety or the shrimp and guacamole, served with lime-marinated Gulf shrimp, at this Nuevo Latino in River North.

Patrons Hacienda

MexicanRiver North
-
Food
-
Decor
-
Service

The fruit-influenced guacamole options here include Piña with fresh pineapple, red onion, and serrano, and the Pomegranate with fresh pomegranate berries, jicama, and cotija cheese.

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