1400 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80202
For an extreme guacamole experience, try Tamayo. The staff regularly visits Mexico looking for guacamole that pushes the bounds of traditional mashed avocado, lime and garlic. How would you feel about dried grasshoppers in your guacamole? It’s a crunchy, protein-packed addition during the restaurant’s annual guacamole festival (July 1 through Sept. 30). In Denver, dried grasshoppers are a novelty, but in Mexico, they are in everything including tacos, quesadillas and guacamole. Chef Richard Sandoval’s tableside version includes dried grasshoppers, green tomatillos, cotija cheese, onions, lime, sea salt, red chile cascabel powder and avocado. Other festival specials include the baja, with kiwi, strawberry, mango, mint, chile arbol, lime, sea salt and avocado; or the pacifico with grilled beets, roasted walnuts, queso freso cheese, minced orange, salt, lime and avocado. Tamayo also has crab guacamole, ahi tuna guacamole and bacon guacamole on the menu all the time.
19192 Highway 8
Morrison, CO 80465
The late Sam Arnold, founder of The Fort, loved guacamole. His recipe was simple and pure: one soft avocado, juiced lime, hefty pinch of salt, 1/4 minced onion, 1/2 tomato diced, one finely minced serrano chile and a hefty tablespoon of cilantro (recipe The Fort Cookbook, Harper Collins, 1997). But if you prefer to make reservations over a recipe, head to The Fort. Arnold’s daughter, Holly Arnold Kinney, serves up guacamole just like her father in a hefty molcajete, an Mexican bowl made of volcanic rock used for grinding spices and making guacamole.
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1575 Boulder St.
Denver, CO 80211
LoHi’s Lola’s is a perfect spot for a freshly made margarita, a four-salsa sampler and a bowl of guacamole, made tableside. Watch carefully as your server mashes up the buttery avocado to get a creamy texture. The four salsas are the perfect match with a roasted tomato chipotle; habanero and avocado; a smokey-hot poblano and bright tomatillo-green apple.
Indulge Bistro and Wine Bar
1601 Mayberry Drive
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Indulge isn’t a likely place for guacamole. It’s an elegant bistro, complete with a sizable wine list, great cocktails, an elegant menu and an amazing ahi-tuna guacamole. It’s a stack of flavor with diced sashimi-grade ahi tuna tartar and guacamole, garnished with toasted black sesame seeds and a ponzu sauce drizzle. Instead of chips, it’s served with baked wontons. For purists, Indulge also has a freshly made traditional guacamole with tortilla chips.
1514 York St.
Denver, CO 80206
There are very few places in Denver where you have to wait to get guacamole and a taco, except Pinche. The wait is worth it. The guacamole is fresh and the chips are even fresher. Just-made tortilla chips, dusted with fine salt, are the perfect dipper for the simple bowl of avocado goodness. For a double dose of avocado, order the queso a la plancha tacos with griddled cojita cheese and avocado with tomatillo salsa of the asada with citrus-marinated skirt steak and ditto on avocado and cojita cheese.
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Kimberly Lord Stewart is a food author and journalist for CBS Denver local, Organic Food Reporter for Examiner.com, and the Food, Wine and Spirits editor for Denver Life magazine. Her book, “Eating Between the Lines” tells readers about the truth and myths of food labeling. Stewart is the recipient of two Association of Food Journalist awards for food news reporting and the Jessie Neal Business Journalism award. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.