The Most Delectable Places To Celebrate National Guacamole Day

This Saturday September 16 is Mexican Independence Day and National Guacamole Day. If there ever was a time to enjoy Mexican food, it’s then! Wondering where we go when we’re in the mood for tortilla chips, guacamole, margaritas, and more? Here are our favorite Mexican restaurants in the Bay Area.



Downtown, you can’t beat the delicious Mexican platters at Tropisueno. The guacamole is classic with tomatoes, fresh lime, and cilantro. It’s hearty Mexican fare at it’s finest. Burritos, tacos, tostadas, and combo platters with enchiladas, chile rellenos, quesadillas, tamales, and more!



Flores is a relatively new restaurant to the Union Street scene from the group behind beloved Italian eateries Delarosa and Beretta. It’s a lively and happening spot with superb cuisine. The tortillas are made in house and the recipes are old family secrets from chef Alejandro Morgan. The guacamole is topped with salty cotija cheese. Other must orders: the pan de elote—a tasty bread with baked corn custard and spicy crema, the halibut ceviche, and the Dungeness crab tostadas.



In Sausalito at Joanne Weir’s fantastic Mexican hot spot, the team is serving a special guacamole flight with three different types of gucamole! They are also launching a brand new brunch menu with a fresh juice bar. Enjoy scrambled egg fried tacos with black bean sauce and house made chorizo or chilaquiles with mole sauce and housemade tortilla chips.



Over in the Mission at Lolo, upscale Mexican food is served in an eclectic atmosphere. Order a serving of the guacamole and the inventive panic avocado taco. Other favorites? The Portobello mushroom and poblano chile empanadas and the calamari and octopus gorditas. Note that the cocktails are excellent, so don’t skip a mezcal margarita!



The guacamole at Tacolicious is made to order and it’s downright addictive. Pair it with their traditional Texas style quest and you’ve got an appetizer spread that’s a match made in Mexican food heaven. Tacos are the name of the game here, so sample a variety, from the housemade chorizo to the gujillo-braised beef.


Mi Almita

Ok, so there is no guacamole on the menu at the latest concept from Michael Mina’s Test Kitchen, Mi Almita. However, it’s authentic and creative Mexican food and should be on your list of restaurants to dine at. Chef Hugo Ortega of Houston has partnered with the Mina team and the five-course tasting menu is sensational. The charbroiled oysters with chipotle butter and parmesan cheese are finger-licking good. The grilled octopus that comes with blue corn tortillas is also a crowd-pleaser.