Food & Drink

Best Guacamole In Tampa Bay

August 29, 2013 8:00 AM

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(Photo credit: OMAR TORRES/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit: OMAR TORRES/AFP/Getty Images)

The dip we now know as guacamole dates all the way back to the time of the Aztecs. The avocado, the primary ingredient in guacamole, was considered a very important fruit in the Aztecs’ diet as it contains plentiful nutrients including vitamins A, B, D and E. Hundreds of years later, avocados and guacamole are still a well-loved dietary staple in North America and beyond. Celebrate guacamole by sampling some of the best that Tampa Bay has to offer.

Flamestone Grill
4009 Tampa Road
Oldsmar, FL 34677
(813) 814-7778
www.flamestonegrill.com

Flamestone is known for its unique “tableside guacamole experience.” When you order guacamole from Flamestone, you’ll know you’re getting the freshest, highest-quality ingredients because it’s made right in front of your eyes. The main ingredient is, of course, fresh Haas avocados, but you can also include other ingredients like onions, Serrano chilies, tomatoes, salt, cilantro and lime juice. All of the ingredients are carefully mixed using a molcajete, a traditional tool made out of volcanic rock that’s like a Mexican version of the mortar and pestle. Enjoy your guacamole with aged angus steaks, market-fresh seafood or fire-grilled chicken.

Catrinas Cocina Galeria
2402 S. Macdill Ave.
Tampa, FL 33629
(813) 251-4604
www.catrinascocinaygaleria.com

Catrinas serves authentic, upscale Mexican cuisine — and that includes guacamole. Boasting “the best guacamole in town,” it is made fresh to order and is served in the bowl-like portion of the molcajete. Catrinas’ guacamole stands out among the rest because it is topped with succulent lobster meat, juicy shrimp, fresh cheese and crunchy corn chips. You can enjoy your guacamole with authentic Mexican favorites like tacos, carne asada, quesadillas, fajitas and more.

Elsa’s Mexican Sports Bar
18450 N. US 41
Lutz, FL 33549
(813) 948-3572
www.elsas.net

Don’t drive too fast or you might just miss Elsa’s, tucked away in a plaza right off of US 41. Elsa’s makes a different version of this dip: guacamole salad. In guacamole salad, the avocados are not mashed. They are sliced or cubed and folded into a mix of other fresh vegetable ingredients, such as chopped onions, diced tomatoes, corn and black beans. The salad is then drizzled with lime juice, olive oil and a blend of spices. This delicious dip can be eaten as an appetizer with chips or as a meal all its own. Don’t forget to order a “Bad Juan” margarita to wash it down.

Related: Best Mexican Cuisine In Tampa

Casita Taqueria
2706 4th St. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33703
(727) 820-4365
www.asitatacos.com

Casita Taqueria has been praised over and over for its fresh, hand-made guacamole. Guacamole can be ordered as an appetizer with chips or with chips and salsa, and can also be used as a topping for tacos. The tacos come with as many fillings as you can imagine, including blackened fish, roasted pork, chorizo (Mexican sausage), wild-caught shrimp and more. Casita Taqueria packs in an explosion of delicious flavors for low prices.

TacoSon
2510 22nd Ave. N.
St Petersburg, FL 33713
(727) 851-9800
www.tacosonmexicangrill.com

TacoSon isn’t just tacos. This Mexican grill is serving up all kinds of traditional favorites, including burritos, quesadillas, tortas, tostadas, salads and more — including guacamole. The thick, flavorful dip can either be ordered with chips or used as a topping for any of the delicious entrees. Save room for dessert, and try a Mexican treat like flan or pastel tres leches.

Related: Best Taco Shops In Pinellas

Amanda Mole has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil and cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove. She believes that food provides more than just vital nutrients: it is an irreplaceable part of countless cultural and social activities. As a Tampa Bay resident for the past 21 years, she is well acquainted with the incredibly diverse range of restaurants, bars, and food festivals that the area has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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