4 guacamole dips to try
Published on June 23rd, 2014 | by Laura Billingsley
4 guacamole dips to try
Summer is guacamole season, when the creamy (or chunky) green stuff is most prized for its ability to liven up everything from chips to hamburgers. And the main ingredient—avocado—is packed with monounsaturated fats, which some studies have shown can reduce bad cholesterol levels. Here are four local places where guacamole shines.
Dos Rios: Any rundown of local guacamole spots has to include Dos Rios. The restaurant has made an art of the dish, which servers prepare tableside to diners’ specifications. Choose from full or half portions and indicate your preference for level of spiciness and whether you like it creamy or chunky. Then the guacamole artist goes to work, smashing together the ingredients with a molcajete, or mortar and pestle. In addition to avocado, the dish features flavors from red onion to cilantro to tomato. Find it: $10 (full) and $5 (half), 316 Court Ave., 11 a.m.–close Monday through Sunday, 515-282-2995, dosriosrestaurant.com.
Malo: The recently opened Malo, located in the historic former fire station that houses the Des Moines Social Club, is a stylish spot to enjoy dinner or drinks on the patio. The guacamole is good-looking as well, arriving in a square white dish topped with cheddar cheese and white onion. The portion size of this guac is substantial — enough to satisfy three or four people as an appetizer. It’s creamy, but with a few chunks, and plenty of cilantro. Adventurous eaters can choose to add bacon or crab. Find it: $5.99, 900 Mulberry St., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, 515-244-5000, malodesmoines.com.
Bandit Burrito: For an avocado fix along with your burrito, head to this Johnston spot for homemade guacamole. Served in a small dish (this is a single-serve portion) the guac features big chunks of avocado along with bits of tomato and red onion. It’s served with sturdy tortilla chips perfect for scooping up the hefty pieces. Find it: $2.72, 5340 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily, 515-254-9999, banditburrito.com.
Tacos Mariana’s: A small, nondescript building houses a restaurant serving a distinctive guacamole. At Tacos Mariana’s, the avocado is mixed with a hefty dose of other ingredients to create a chunky dip. There’s lots of onion and cucumber in the large portion, which is topped with cilantro and a sprinkling of Cotija cheese. Watch out for the tiny but extremely spicy peppers that also top this guac. The chips are especially good here — thin and crispy without being greasy. Find it: $7, 1305 University Ave., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday through Monday, 515-288-1499.