Dipping into Portland's Best Guacamole

A blind tasting of two dozen avocado dips reveals that the city's best guacs are all about the details.

By Allison Jones July 20, 2015 Published in the August 2015 issue of Portland Monthly

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UNO MAS: Chef Oswaldo Bibiano’s teeny taqueria packs its house guac with big bursts of fried garlic and jalapeños, plus black pepper. 2329 NE Glisan St & 1914 W Burnside St

LA TAQ: A textbook chip dip, the guacamole at Podnah’s sister spot balances crunchy onion and ripe tomato with lots of lime and just enough cilantro. 1625 NE Killingsworth St

OBA: Chock-full of roasted sweet corn and jalapeño, the perfectly seasoned guac at this Pearl District Nuevo Latino mainstay is made fresh at the table. 555 NW 12th Ave

TAQUERIA NUEVE: More an avocado cream than a traditional chunky dip, T9’s offering is bright, smooth, and full of lime—and it stays bright green long after the others begin to fade. 727 SE Washington St

XICO: The avocado is the true star in this minimalist take, with a rustic texture and just a touch of lime—a perfect snapshot of chef Kelly Myers’s purist style. 3715 SE Division St

TAMALE BOY: Food cart star Jaime Soltero makes his guacamole tableside with smoky dried chile oil and roasted sunflower seeds for nutty crunch. 1764 NE Dekum St

Honorable mention for best chips goes to Por Qué No, which fries up just-greasy-enough tortilla chips, with an option of crunchy lime and chile-doused cucumber slices for health nuts.

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