California has come of the best Mexican cuisine in the United States, and guacamole is one of the most important components when it comes to great Mexican food. The guacamole sets the bar, so when you want a filling meal to comfort all of your Mexican food cravings, try one of these restaurants.

Price: Guacamole Chilango $8
Hours: Mon to Sun – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Chilango serves up bowls of spicy, fresh guacamole with just enough bite served in an old fashioned casual setting. The freshness comes through in the organic ingredients where health comes first. Wherever possible, food is cooked lard and butter free as well, and it’s made to order to ensure the best possible taste.

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Price: Chips and Guacamole $6
Hours: Mon – Closed; Tues to Sun – 5:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.; Sat to Sun Brunch – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Don Pisto’s is located in North Beach in a setting that is the perfect mix of modern and old rustic charm. Try the guacamole, which tastes as fresh as fresh can get. Either sit down in the casual setting or opt for the to-go option. This restaurant provides a warm, late-night option with meaty tacos, house specials and seafood bites.

Price: Guacamole con Tortillas $6.50
Hours: Mon to Sun – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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Gracias Madre serves basic guacamole made from organic and vegan ingredients, making it delicious. In fact, all ingredients used at Gracias Madre are organic and vegan, so eat away, guilt-free. The setting is relaxed and family-style, so expect noise and fantastic chaos as live music plays. Seating can be found indoors as well as outdoors.

Price: Homemade Guacamole $8.50
Hours: Mon to Fri – 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sat to Sun – 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

All the food at Papito is made from organic ingredients with a French twist, including the homemade guacamole which mixes avocado, cilantro, lime and queso fresco. Taste quality ingredients in a fun atmosphere where you can also enjoy outdoor seating during the warmer months.

Hours: Mon to Thurs – 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri to Sat – 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sun – 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Price: Guacamole $8

Tortilla Heights is a fun, loud restaurant where the food is a good as the experience you will have. The guacamole is traditional and topped with just enough pico de gallo to combine flavors perfectly. When you cannot get to Mexico visit Tortilla Heights in San Francisco for tasty Mexican fare in an authentic atmosphere.

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