by George Froehlich
At last a great restaurant that serves authentic Mexican food .
It’s a small taqueria, Don Guacamole’s, in Vancouver’s West End on Robson.
The owner is from Morelia a United Nations protected heritage site and a lot of the food reflects the regional flavours from his home state of Michoacan.
Taqueria stands for taco shop and while Don Guacamole’s serves tacos its food goes way beyond that.
Prices are reasonable, dinner for two with a few drinks costs around $70 or less.
Complimentary plate of various salsas and chips are brought to you as soon as you sit down.
And they are excellent ranging from the super crisp chips, the fresh Pico de gallo, a fairly hot green salsa and a red one that is almost creamy in texture but has that wonderful taste of smoked chipotle peppers.
Our tacos, four of them, are pork and beef.
They are superb, the grilled beef and marinated pork, cut up in small cube-like pieces beautifully seasoned, with onions and cilantro sprinkled on them.
Adding a dash or two of the chipotle tasting salsa gives added substance and flavour to the little devils.
Chile Con Queso is two large Poblano chiles with melted Asadero cheese over them. The chiles have a bit of a nut-like, a bit bitter taste to them, and the creamy-like cheese is nice and light.
The chicken quesadillas, a wonderful blend of flavour -the chicken with great spices and the almost bland cheese add up to amazing flavours..
Their margarita’s are wicked and authentic.
Don Guacamole’s is popular so expect lineups. They don’t take reservations and there is no website.
1333 Robson Street
George Froehlich has more than 35 years media experience abroad and in Canada. He is an avid cook, art collector and world-wide traveler. New York still is his favourite city. For more than two years he has been producing the Savvy Insider, a funky, eclectic newsletter that’s all Metro Vancouver and what makes it one of the great cities of the world. Check out his site, and stay bookmarked to Poivre Media for weekly “edible” anecdotes from George.