Guacamole

What makes a good guacamole?  Fresh ingredients are the key but there are a few surprising others.  We went to Texas to visit family and embarked on a guacamole find, in search of the best of the best.

So where did we go, what did we discover and the real question, can we duplicate that which we found?  Our target was traditional and old family restaurants well known for their Mexican Food that have been key to shaping Mexican Food in their city and in my opinion, in the United States.

In Houston, we chose to have lunch at Mama Ninfa’s and the Original Location downtown.  I had been to two other location, one in the suburbs of Houston and one in Lafayette, LA, now closed.  It was a treat to go to the original, to have a margarita in the middle of the business day and to enjoy food that truly has shaped what we know to be Tex-Mex in our country.  This is not a restaurant review but let me say that it was superior food, service and an environment that was simply wonderful.

Here is a bit about Ninfa’s.

http://ninfas.com/

Established in 1973, the Original location is located at 2704 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX 77003.

Guacamole is the first appetizer on their website menu and lists the ingredients as follows; avocados, jalapenos, onions, cilantro, tomatoes and fresh lime.  So, this dish is wonderful, fresh and simply fantastic.

In San Antonio, we went to a traditional restaurant called Boudro’s.

http://www.boudros.com/

Located on the Riverwalk, the atmosphere is spectacular.  It is larger than you would think from the appearance outside, food is fantastic and the guacamole is well known.

Ingredients: 

Juice of ½ of an orange

Juice of ½ of a lime

1 avocado seeded and scooped out of skin – cut and not smashed

Approximately, 1 Tablespoon of diced red onion

½ Tablespoon of chopped cilantro

2 Tablespoons of roasted and diced tomatoes

½ – 1 teaspoon of sea salt

Spicy?  They add 1 teaspoon of serrano pepper finely diced.

We didn’t order it spicy and the flavors were fantastic.

Boudro’s and Ninfa’s

Bottom line regarding Ninfa’s and Boudro’s, their guacamole is fantastic, styles are different and we now make it following Boudro’s recipe because we love the addition of the orange and have been able to duplicate it.  When we arrived at my sister’s home, we went to Boudro’s with a large party of family members.  And then, we made guacamole at her house that evening for dinner so the others who were not able to go could try it and we made it again the following evening for dinner.  Yes indeed, you will love it as well.

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