50 States, 50 Guacamoles You Must Dip and Redip In
If chants of "guac, guac, guac, guac!" can often be heard from you, then no trip you take this year will be complete without a visit to the best local joint. For all those emergency pit stops across the US — we don't want you to start going through avocado withdrawal — there's this ultimate guide to guacamole. Scroll through the top 50 best dips in all 50 states; thank us later.
Where: Babalu Tacos & Tapas in Birmingham, AL
Why It's the Best: Their fresh, tableside guac includes sun-dried tomatoes.
Where: The Bear Tooth Grill in Anchorage, AK
Why It's the Best: You won't find too many places in Alaska serving up delicious, fresh guacamole — but this is one of them.
Where: Taco Guild in Phoenix, AZ
Why It's the Best: This guac has a unique spin: pineapple and mint.
Where: Rolando's Nuevo Latino Restaurante in Fort Smith, AR
Why It's the Best: The guac here is a local favorite, served with oversize chips perfect for dipping.
Where: El Cholo in Los Angeles
Why It's the Best: While this one will be heavily debated — California is a huge state, after all, and known for their delicious Mexican food! — we stuck to the Los Angeles area, where El Cholo has been serving up tableside-made guac with fresh-out-of-the-fryer tortilla chips since 1923.
Where: Lola Mexican Fish House in Denver
Why It's the Best: Their recipe includes a spicy mix of serrano peppers and chile powder.
Where: Besito in West Hartford, CT
Why It's the Best: This is authentic, classic-style guacamole at its best.
Where: Santa Fe Mexican Grill in Wilmington, DE
Why It's the Best: It's fresh, tangy, and creamy.
Where: OH Mexico Restaurant in Miami Beach, FL
Why It's the Best: Locals will tell you: the guac here is spicy and chock-full of avocado chunks that will leave you wanting more.
Where: Nuevo Laredo Cantina in Atlanta
Why It's the Best: This tasty but no-frills guac is served with a side of shredded cheese and tomatoes, so you can mix to your liking.
Where: Mexico Restaurant in Honolulu
Why It's the Best: According to locals, this is the best, freshest guac you'll find on all the islands.
Where: Barbacoa Grill in Boise, ID
Why It's the Best: Their guac is made right in front of you, using only the freshest ingredients.
Where: Tortas Frontera in Chicago
Why It's the Best: Surprisingly, some of Chi-Town's best guac can be found at O'Hare airport, at the eatery by chef Rick Bayless. Delicious guac is served up with Cuban, chipotle, milanesa, and more kinds of tortas.
Where: La Parada Restaurant in Indianapolis
Why It's the Best: Visitors can't rave enough about the fresh guac at this spot.
Where: Taco Mariana's in Des Moines, IA
Why It's the Best: You could easily drive by this University Boulevard hole in the wall but it's worth the stop for the creamy guac topped with cheese.
Where: Sabor Y Sol Restaurant in Kansas City, KS
Why It's the Best: Homestyle guac is served up in an old-school molcajete — and sprinkled with delicious, crumbled cotija cheese.
Where: Guaca Mole in Louisville, KY
Why It's the Best: As if the name doesn't say enough, just check out this photo. Need we say more?
Where: El Gato Negro in New Orleans
Why It's the Best: Chunks of peppers mingling with ripe green avocado? Perfection.
Where: Zapoteca in Portland, ME
Why It's the Best: Go for the lobster guacamole . . . stay for the lobster guacamole.
Where: Blue Agave in Baltimore
Why It's the Best: The atmosphere is just as fun as the food and guac — which gets an especially green makeover for St. Patrick's Day!
Where: Ole Mexican Grill in Boston
Why It's the Best: The already-delicius guac at this Beantown favorite is sometimes spiced up with — wait for it — pomegranate seeds.
Where: El Asador Steakhouse in Detroit
Why It's the Best: This guacamole is complete with all the fixings — tomato, cilantro — served in a bowl of homemade tortillas. Yes, please!
Where: Cocina Del Barrio Restaurant in Minneapolis, MN
Why It's the Best: We don't know about you, but this photo alone had us ready to dive into a bowl of Del Barrio's homemade, chile-topped guac.
Where: Taqueria El Milagro in Oxford, MS
Why It's the Best: There aren't a ton of authentic Mexican restaurants in the area, but this one serves up classic guacamole just the way you like it.
Where: Tortillaria in St. Louis
Why It's the Best: You can get your delicious guac served up solo or on top of the only tacos you'll find for miles.
Where: Alberto's Authentic Mexican Cuisine in Big Sky, MT
Why It's the Best: If you like your guacamole with a side of loaded fries — we're talking cheese, chili, sour cream, and more — this is the spot for you.
Where: Roja Mexican Grill in Omaha, NE
Why It's the Best: The guac here is so good that, as you can tell by this photo, it doesn't last long.
Where: El Segundo Sol in Las Vegas
Why It's the Best: It's the perfect lunch, dinner, or late-night snack for your Las Vegas antics. Plus, you can get your guac with a trio of salsas — perfect for mixing.
Where: El Colima in Nashua, NH
Why It's the Best: This is straight-up, simple-yet-delicious guac at its best.
Where: Casa Maya in Gillette, NJ
Why it's the Best: Guacamole topped with jalapeños, olives, and tomatoes? Cue the gasps!
Where: Lindo Mexico in Albuquerque, NM
Why It's the Best: Guac is served up with everything here. We love a place that knows our favorite side dish isn't just an appetizer.
Where: Dos Caminos in New York
Why It's the Best: Of course there are tons of tiny restaurants in Manhattan — but many Manhattanites agree that the fresh, chunky guac at the city's Dos Caminos locations just can't be beat.
Where: Cosmic Cantina in Chapel Hill, NC
Why It's the Best: This college-town locale is known as much for its graffiti art and its bursting burritos as it is for its delicious guacamole.
Where: Vinyl Taco in Fargo, ND
Why It's the Best: This is the kind of light, creamy guacamole that's made for happy hour with margaritas.
Where: Nada in Columbus, OH
Why It's the Best: Guac gets a refreshing spin, with a little help from radishes and cucumbers.
Where: 1492 New World Latin Cuisine in Oklahoma City, OK
Why It's the Best: This isn't the place for tiny portions of guac: come hungry for a big, delicious serving.
Where: El Azteca Taco Shop in Portland, OR
Why It's the Best: Guac is not a standalone at this local go-to spot; come hungry for plates full of dishes topped with dollops and dollops.
Where: El Vez Restaurant in Philadelphia
Why It's the Best: There are multiple varities of guac here — including one with goat cheese and another with pineapple!
Where: Chilangos in Providence, RI
Why It's the Best: Ask anyone in the area where to get the best guacamole, and this place will be their answer.
Where: Taco Boy in Charleston, SC
Why It's the Best: Locals call this guac the best they've ever had, epic, and more. That's all we need to hear.
Where: Mama's Ladas in Sioux Falls, SD
Why It's the Best: While the guac is great by itself, the enchiladas, chili, and other delicious offerings make for a perfect guacamole pairing.
Where: Little Donkey in Nashville
Why It's the Best: This colorful guacamole is topped with bright, fresh ingredients — including radishes, which offer a crunchy kick.
Where: Takoba in Austin, TX
Why It's the Best: Texas folks know their Mexican food — so we trust them when they say guac at this Austin joint is some of the best around.
Where: Alamexo in Salt Lake City
Why It's the Best: Maybe you didn't think you could find authentic, classic-style guacamole in Utah, but this place rivals some of the best around the country.
Where: El Cortijo in Burlington, VT
Why It's the Best: Residents love this cozy local spot, which is famous for its thick and chunky guac.
Where: Guapo's Restaurant in Arlington, VA
Why It's the Best: The huge portions of delicious guac are only rivaled by the huge margaritas. Sounds good to us!
Where: Señor Moose Cafe in Seattle
Why It's the Best: The guac is as colorful and fun as the decor — and is served all day, even with breakfast.
Where: Black Sheep Burrito in Huntington, WV
Why It's the Best: This is Chipotle-like guacamole, but fresher — served up with a trio of salsas.
Where: Habanero's Mexican Kitchen in Milwaukee, WI
Why It's the Best: The guacamole is so legendarily good, you'll be scraping the bottom of the bowl.
Where: The Merry Piglets Mexican Grill in Jackson, WY
Why It's the Best: The guac is as delicious as the drinks are tall.