Notable Dishes

San Diego's Best for Guacamole

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

  • El Indio Catering
    • Mexican
    • Mission Hills
    Food
    25
    Decor
    13
    Service
    20
    Cost
    $12

    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 Mexican Street Food
    • Mexican
    • La Jolla
    Food
    24
    Decor
    24
    Service
    21
    Cost
    $26

    Like the rest of its cut-above casual fare, this La Jolla taqueria uses organic ingredients in its housemade guacamole ($8), including freshly-squeezed citrus juice and habañero pepper. For a few dollars more, add sustainably-sourced lump crab ($11).

  • Puesto at The Headquarters
    • Mexican
    • Marina District
    Food
    24
    Decor
    24
    Service
    21
    Cost
    $26

    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 ($8) or upgrade with crab ($11).

  • Casa De Pico
    • Mexican
    • La Mesa
    Food
    23
    Decor
    23
    Service
    21
    Cost
    $21

    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.

  • Tio Chino Restaurant and Bar
    • Eclectic
    • Midway District
    Food
    -
    Decor
    -
    Service
    -
    Cost
    I

    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 ($6.95).

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