Most chefs will tell you that the key to making the best guacamole is to keep it simple and use the freshest ingredients possible. That’s just what you’ll find at these Detroit spots that serve some of the best guac you’ll find north of the Rio Grande. Not surprisingly, Mexicantown is the place to go in Detroit, making the Motor City one of the best places in the Midwest to find authentic guacamole.

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El Barzon
3710 Junction St.
Detroit, MI 48210
(313) 894-2070

Lunch Hours: Mon -Closed, Tues to Fri – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Dinner Hours: Tues to Thurs – 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Fri – 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sat – 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sun – 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

El Barzon opened in 2007 and is run by owner and chef Norberto, a former top dog in an upscale, four diamond Italian restaurant. Norberto specializes in both Mexican and Italian cuisine, and many foodies say his place has the best guacamole in the city. It’s a chunky, delectable combination of avocados, lime juice, salt, cilantro and tomatoes. This guac is a testament to the beauty of simplicity. Check out the mole sauce, too; it’s house-made and features over 20 ingredients.

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Tacqueria Lupita’s 
3443 Bagley St.
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 843-1105

Hours: Mon to Thurs – 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri to Sun – 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Located in Mexicantown, Tacqueria Lupita’s is an authentic alternative to the standard Mexican chain restaurants, and that authenticity carries over to the homemade guacamole. The house-made guac is filled with chunks of Mexican avocados, tangy lime juice and savory salt. Tacqueria has some of the best tacos and enchiladas you’ll find in the city, too. The restaurant doesn’t serve alcohol, so if you’re looking for a beer to wash down your delicious guacamole, you’ll have to look elsewhere.

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Los Galanes
3362 Bagley St.
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 554-4444

Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri – 9 a.m. to Midnight, Sat – 9 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sun – 9 a.m. to Midnight

Los Galanes is a cantina located in Mexicantown. The festive atmosphere features live Latin, Tex-Mex and Mexican tunes playing on weekends. The restaurant specializes in fresh fish dishes, and you can order the tasty guacamole as an appetizer or as a side to accompany your tacos, fajitas, burritos or enchiladas. The guac has fresh jalapeños, so if you’re not a spicy food person, ask for it without the hot peppers. If you enjoy a little heat, the jalapeños add a great element of flavor. The outdoor patio is a great place to enjoy a drink in the spring or summertime with a plate of freshly-prepared guacamole.

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El Zocalo
3400 Bagley St
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 841-3700

Hours: Sun to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri to Sat – 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

A quaint, charming interior and heaping plates of authentic Mexican food is what you can expect at El Zocalo, whose name stands for “center of life.” The guacamole is served fresh with chips and you can get it with or without cilantro, depending on your palate preferences. You’ll also find the guacamole in a number of dishes on the menu, including the Baja Burger, a simple yet delicious sandwich consisting of guacamole, shredded lettuce, sour cream and tomatoes.

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Honey Bee La Colmena
2433 Bagley St.
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 237-0295

Hours: Mon to Sat – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun –  8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Honey Bee La Colmena is a store that sells a wide selection of fresh fruits and veggies, meat, seafood and deli items, and a large variety of authentic Central American ingredients. It’s famous, however, for two things: guacamole and chorizo. The store makes and sells 30,000 pounds of chorizo, the delectable and spicy Mexican sausage, each year. And the bestselling salsa, chips and guacamole are made from a secret family recipe. You’ll often find folks lined up to get it, but it’s well worth the short wait.

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