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.

  • Frontera Grill
    • Mexican
    • River North
    Food
    28
    Decor
    25
    Service
    25
    Cost
    $45

    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).

  • Topolobampo
    • Mexican
    • River North
    Food
    27
    Decor
    25
    Service
    26
    Cost
    $85

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

  • Mercadito Chicago
    • Mexican
    • River North
    Food
    24
    Decor
    23
    Service
    20
    Cost
    $43

    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
    • Mexican
    • Logan Square
    Food
    24
    Decor
    20
    Service
    23
    Cost
    $32

    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.

  • Taco Joint
    • Mexican
    • Lincoln Park
    Food
    23
    Decor
    19
    Service
    20
    Cost
    $19

    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
    • Mexican
    • River North
    Food
    23
    Decor
    19
    Service
    20
    Cost
    $19

    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 Latino
    • River North
    Food
    23
    Decor
    22
    Service
    22
    Cost
    $44

    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
    • Mexican
    • River North
    Food
    22
    Decor
    20
    Service
    21
    Cost
    $29

    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.

  • Takito Kitchen
    • Mexican
    • Ukrainian Village
    Food
    22
    Decor
    21
    Service
    23
    Cost
    $29

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

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