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Best Guacamole In Charlotte

August 28, 2013 8:00 AM

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Guacamole is a fabulous food. Thanks to the rise in Charlotte’s Hispanic population and the overall trend towards Mexican and Tex-Mex foods, you’ve got a city ripe for great guacamole. Charlotte has a plethora of places where you can find the best guacamole, some made tableside and others brought to your table as a ready-made, perfect delight.</div?


Paco’s Tacos & Tequila
6401 Morrison Blvd. 8A
Charlotte, NC 28211
(704) 716-8226
www.pacostacosandtequila.com

This South Park spot is owned by the team behind the well-established and beloved Bad Daddy’s and Midwood Smokehouse here in Charlotte. Paco’s is a great place for not just tacos and tequila, but delicious, chunky, tableside unholy guacamole. Paco’s guacamole tends be on the mild side, but thanks to the beauty of tableside mashing, you have the ability to tailor the recipe to your taste. This spot serves up a big basket of warm tortilla chips with the guacamole. If you are looking for a child friendly place, Paco’s guacamole specialists have been known to let children assist in the preparation.

Cantina 1511
7708 Rea Road
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 752-9797
www.cantina15eleven.com

Cantina 1511′s two locations are among Charlotteans favorite places for Tex-Mex food. Among its offerings are three different types of fresh-made guacamole. All three options are made tableside where your server combines fresh ingredients before your eyes. The traditional guacamole combines avocados, pico de gallo, Serrano peppers and fresh lime juice. Guacamole Americano jazzes the concept up by adding orange juice, candied walnuts, dried cranberries and finishing up the avocado mixture with a raspberry coulis. The third option is goat cheese and lump crab, which is guacamole completed with Serrano chilies, lump crab meat, goat cheese and lime juice. Try all three options and choose your favorite.

Vida Cantina
210 E Trade St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 971-8432
www.vidacantina.com

If you find yourself Uptown and craving some green goodness, the place to stop is Vida Cantina right in the heart of the Epicentre. As you check out the cool colors and great vibe, ask for an order of guacamole. The staff will handcraft your guacamole, blending a select combination of avocados, onions, tomatoes, jalapenos, cilantro and lime juice right before your eyes. When your server is sure it is mixed up just right, the guac is served to you in a molcajete with a heaping serving of freshly made tortilla chips.
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Azteca Mexican Restaurant
116 E. Woodlawn Road
Charlotte, NC 28217
(704) 525-5110
www.aztecarestaurantcharlotte.com

You wouldn’t expect to find a reasonably priced, traditional Mexican restaurant annexed to a hotel, but Azteca Mexican is full of surprises. Supplement your meal with an appetizer of top-notch guacamole. It is make alongside your table, adding a delicious blend of spices to the avocado, tomato and onions. This dip is so good it’s usually consumed quicker than the time it took to create.

Pio Pio Ballantyne
15025 Lancaster Highway Suite D-1
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 542-2629
www.piopiorestaurantnc.com

This new outpost of the popular East Boulevard restaurant serves up fabulous Peruvian food in a suburban locale. Most people go for the near perfect rotisserie chicken, but insiders know the must order is the tostones and guacamole. Tostones are double-fried plantains you can use to dip into a perfectly spiced and flavorful guacamole. Tasting the combination of the cool, chunky green guacamole atop the hot crunchy tostones will make you flag down the waitress for a second order.

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Lauren J. Walter is a freelance writer covering all things Charlotte. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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