Is there anything better than the creamy, smooth flavor of a good guacamole on a crispy tortilla chip? For some, guac is more than just something they like to eat, it’s a passion, a quest to find the very best guac on the face of the earth. For others, guac is gross. This is not for those people. The Greater Springfield area has tons of great Mexican food and plenty more that nod to the cuisine from south of the border. We took a look at some of the best places to find a scrumptious guac in the Ozarks.
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Although they’re known for their tasty little street tacos with unique flavors and ingredients, Tinga makes one heck of a guacamole too! It’s a perfect compliment to a few Crushers or Udder Delights! The guac has just the right amount of chunkiness and a smooth texture. What really helps set this guac apart is the vehicle used to get it in your mouth. Tinga uses authentic tortillas to make their chips and they’re coated in a slightly spicy rub that would be good even without the guac, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t order it. You totally should.
Leslie’s is a favorite spot for downtowners for its authentic Mexican/El Salvadorian flavors. Another reason is their philosophy that everyday is Taco Tuesday. With that winning mentality, nothing can stop them! In addition to having some seriously good guac, they’re also a bakery and a grocery store! So you can get a lot done in one place.
Whether you’re looking for some high end Mexican cuisine or just some simple tacos and burritos, Jose Locos is a great spot. They finished in the top 3 in 417 Magazine’s 2018 Best Of issue, which is determined by the readers of the magazine. They also do tableside guac and it is awesome. That’s not the only tableside dish they do, though. They also do tableside flaming cheese!
Cantina Laredo got locally famous for its location in Branson, but the Springfield location is catching up. They do genuine cuisine rooted in Mexico City, but they add a modern flair to everything they do. When you think of tableside guac, you probably think of them first. They made it really popular in Branson and brought the technique to Springfield. So good!
While Great American Taco is known for its Southwestern take on its namesake, sauces and dips are a big part of their brand. They make a variety of salsas in house that go great with their food and are for sale to take home for use in your own cooking too. When it comes to Guac, nobody in town has more options than Great American Taco. They have a whole section of the menu devoted to it. They offer 5 different guacamoles from different subcultures near the border. Styles from New Mexico, Arizona, Southern California, Texas and a traditional Mexican option are all present, giving you a different flavor choice every time you come in.
Tortilleria Perches is located in the Elfindale Center off of west Sunshine. Locally owned and operated, fresh tortillas and chips are made everyday from their giant tortilla machine and are sold to other stores and restaurants. Tortilleria Perches is also part store, so they sell Mexican candies, spices, pinatas and sodas as well. They have Taco Tuesdays, where you can get a homemade taco for 99 cents with your choice of meat. Some things you should definitely try include the barbacoa burrito, fish tacos and the guacamole, which is made in house!
One of the newest Mexican restaurants in town, Frida has one big factor that sets it apart from the rest: a 40-dish fine dining buffet. They also have a wide selection of spirits and mixed drinks that make it a great spot for a weekend date night. It also means the guac is in heavy supply!