Notable Dishes

San Diego's Best for Guacamole

Experience standout takes on a crowd favorite at these San Diego Mexican spots.

El Indio Mexican Restaurant and Catering

MexicanMission Hills
4.5
Food
3.3
Decor
4.0
Service

The guacamole served at this no-frills Mission Hills landmark is a solid complement to its authentic Mexican cuisine (the cafeteria-style outfit claims itself as the birthplace of the word “taquito”). Try it with seasoned tortilla chips that are made daily in-house and shipped throughout the world.

Puesto at The Headquarters

MexicanMarina District
4.4
Food
4.4
Decor
4.1
Service

Its digs in the Seaport District may be loftier than the La Jolla original, but this Mexican eatery serves up the same well-crafted, organic guacamole as its predecessor. Choose the traditional ($9) or upgrade with crab ($13).

Puesto Mexican Street Food

MexicanLa Jolla
4.4
Food
4.4
Decor
4.1
Service

Like the rest of its cut-above casual fare, this La Jolla taqueria uses organic ingredients in its housemade guacamole ($9), including freshly-squeezed citrus juice and habañero pepper. For a few dollars more, add sustainably-sourced lump crab ($13).

Casa De Pico

MexicanLa Mesa
4.3
Food
4.3
Decor
4.1
Service

This La Mesa Mexican dishes out fresh guacamole with a playful note. Orders come served in a fried tortilla “concha” dressed like a tropical bird: red pepper for a beak, black olives for eyes ($8.25). Flair aside, the recipe has more than more than 40 years of restaurant history to back it up.

Don Chido

MexicanGaslamp Quarter
4.1
Food
4.4
Decor
4.1
Service

This Gaslamp Quarter Mexican makes their own tortillas right in front of your eyes.  Pair some fried up with their housemade guacamole, a mix of traditional ingredients plus fresno chili and creamy queso fresco ($8).  

Tio Chino Restaurant and Bar

EclecticMidway District

While the rest of its Pacific-meets-Mexican menu leans toward the unconventional, the guacamole at this Point Loma spot doesn’t mess with success. Its crowd-pleasingly creamy blend is made from scratch daily ($5.95).

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