Monday is National Guacamole Day, another seemingly superfluous yet ever popular lesser holiday, which is really just an excuse to eat bowls full of guacamole.
Guacamole isn’t typically thought of as a fall food since avocados mostly grow in summer. But September is the very end of avocado growing season, in California at least, which means this is a perfect time to guac it out before prices go up.
There are plenty of restaurants across the county where you can enjoy guacamole in many forms and flavors. But here are a few restaurants in the county that practically make guacamole a main course.
While some of these restaurants serve guacamole with a typical side of chips, each one is unique in their presentation and recipe of the avocado-licious side.
Chipotle’s guacamole is legendary. So legendary that Chipotle, in its infinite wisdom, decided to bless the world with guacamole by publishing their recipe online. Now anyone can revel in their deliciously simple guacamole without paying the extra couple bucks.
Chipotle’s guacamole is traditionally served with a side of chips, but it can also be added to anything on the menu, for an extra fee. Trust me, pay the extra fee.
Location: 715 E. University Parkway, Orem; 3601 N. Digital Drive, Lehi
Joe Bandido’s Mexican Fiestaurant
Who doesn’t want to go to a fiestaurant? Partying is literally in its name.
Joe Bandido’s in Springville offers many of the typical Mexican fare, like burritos, quesadillas and the like. Each entrée also comes with a side of chips and salsa, but for an extra few bucks, upgrade to the housemade guacamole. Plus, many of their other dishes, including the signature El Bandido, come topped with guacamole, as if you couldn’t get enough of it.
Location: 1435 N. Main St., Springville
El Gallo Giro
El Gallo Giro is a common stop for Mexican food in Provo, and has been since its founding in 2001. While you wait for your Monterrey Chicken or Enchilada Platter, order a side of guacamole and chips for the table to start the meal. Your server will make the guacamole fresh right at the table, providing you with dinner and a show.
Location: 346 N. University Ave., Provo
Street Tacos Don Joaquin
What's a street taco without a dollop of guacamole? While you pile on carne asada or al pastor, don't forget to ask for a generous helping of Don Joaquin's amazing guacamole. It's life-changing, and you can thank us later for it.
Location: 150 W. Bulldog Blvd., Provo; 74 N. West State St., American Fork
Technically, this is Joe Bandido’s big brother, but the two restaurants only serve one common menu item, the El Bandido, which is really their staple entrée. But Joe Vera’s is unique from other restaurants in that most of its items come with guacamole. You read that right. Forget paying that extra couple bucks, the creamy cool topping comes built into nearly ever entrée so you don’t have to shell out more for the green goodness.
Location: 201 W. Center St., Provo
Milagros means miracles in English, and to be honest, it will be a miracle if you aren’t rolled out of the restaurant. Portion sizes are generous here and that goes for the guacamole as well.
One of their staple items is the Nachos Milagros.
Dubbed the “Hall of Fame nachos,” the heaping plate of nachos is topped with meat, cheese, tomatoes, sour cream, and a generous heap of guacamole. Guacamole is also available as a side for most menu items, in case you’re not in the mood for nachos.
Location: 970 W. 800 North, Orem
Eat it as a side or eat it as a meal, it's that good. Mi Ranchito offers guacamole in full or half-size portions.
Location: 1109 S. State St., Orem; 396 E. State St., American Fork
Sometimes, the best food is made right at home, and guacamole is no exception. Whether you’ve never made guac in your own home or you’re an expert with avocados, there are countless recipes to up your guacamole game.