Guacamole dates back to the Aztecs. These days, it can be found in variations with fruit -- like at Mercadito in Midtown -- bacon as at El Scorpion (bacon) -- and at Talavera (pork rinds). Short Order took the guacamole at Talavera and at New York-based chain Rosa Mexicano - known for its tableside guacamole service - and put them to the test.
Guacamole - Talavera ($11)
Pros: The guacamole at Talavera is made to order and arrives to the table looking beautiful in a ceramic blue-and-white molcajete. While we prefer a more basic guacamole preparation, the pork rinds and queso fresco that top the guacamole add and interesting texture and flavor to the creamy green dip.
Cons: When Talavera first opened, the guacamole was served with baked chips that were somewhat dry and cracker-like and made us long for just good old tortilla chips. The restaurant now serves a combination of those chips and blue corn tortilla chips which helps.
Guacamole en Molcajete - Rosa Mexicano ($12)
Pros: Freshly prepared tableside on a rolling cart, Rosa's guacamole is prepared with avocado, tomato, onions, jalapeños (quantity depends on the heat level you choose), salt and cilantro. Its chunkier consistency was a plus for us who favor it over creamier versions.
Cons: While tableside preparation may be a nice touch, the end result is never quite the same. Minor variations are understandable, of course, since different people prepare it every time, but on a given visit the variation may be so great that you'll quickly fall out of love with this guacamole.
Verdict: While Talavera's guacamole is a flavorful starter and one Short Order would have no qualms ordering it, the chunkier, more brightly flavored version at Rosa Mexicano was more satisfying.
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