Guacamole serves up tasty Mexican food near Humphreys in Korea

Photo by ChiHon Kim
Photo by ChiHon Kim

Guacamole serves up tasty Mexican food near Humphreys in Korea

by ChiHon Kim
Stripes Korea

Tucked away down Anjeong Rodeo Street, a bright green building may have caught your eye.

Resembling a staple food found on nearly every Mexican restaurant’s table, this green building is home to Guacamole, a Mexican restaurant. This is Guacamole’s second location, which recently opened outside of Camp Humphreys Dongchang-ri gate.

Compared to the location near Angejong-ri gate, this one has a spacious parking lot, making it a convenient stop to grab a good bite to eat. Both restaurants serve up familiar favorites like tacos, quesadillas, and burritos.

As I entered, a polite server greeted me and offered me some suggestions for lunch as this was my first time at the restaurant. At first glance, the restaurant has a casual ambiance with its Mexican-inspired décor, but I could see it also being a good place to bring a date for a nice dinner.

Their menu offers many options to explore and different variations of your favorites, like fajita quesadillas or a fajita burrito. Just pick the chicken, pork or beef filling and Guacamole fix you up tacos, enchiladas or burritos and more. They also have a side menu with nachos, Mexican-style pizza and other tasty delights. For families, the kid’s menu has chicken tenders, pepperoni pizza and plain rice and beans.

With my server’s assistance, I chose the beef chimichanga (14,900 won about $13) and a refreshing horchata drink (4,000 won). Horchata is a traditional Mexican drink made of rice milk and water sweetened with cinnamon. The creamy drink was so refreshing! If you’ve never had it, I recommend you give it a try.

While I was enjoying the horchata, my enormous chimichanga topped with cheddar cheese, sour cream, salsa and cilantro arrived! All of its delicious ingredients were wrapped perfectly into a yummy, fluffy and warm flour tortilla.

The tangy tomato and light bean sauce stimulated all of my taste buds. The melted cheese and other fillings melted in my mouth like butter. It was so good and probably the most filling meal I’ve had all year.

I don’t frequently order dessert, but I am so glad I took Guacamole chef Julio Guzmán’s suggestion to try the Mousse de Mole, a new addition to the menu. This mousse was served in a small portion perfect for one person. It had a light, nutty flavor and the consistency was smooth.

Another patron there when I visited also tried the delicious dessert and was glad he did “Though this is my first time at this restaurant, I’m happy with my choice. The food was a superb and the soft dessert, Mousse de Mole, was delightful!” said Maj. Fernando Benedetti.

Benedetti said he’d be back to try other items from the menu.

Guacamole also offers a vast selection of margaritas, beer, Aguas de sabor (fruit-flavored waters) and soft drinks. Grab your friends and gulp down the stockpiles of refreshing drinks with a Mexican twist.

Guzmán, the chef at Guacamole when I visited, said what separates the restaurant from other Mexican joints around the area is the cooking staff.

“We know how to cook [Mexican dishes] and we know what [Mexican food] should really taste like,” Guzmán said. “We’re trying to focus on preserving the authentic flavor of Mexican food and also preparing various traditional dishes like mole.”

This will definitely not be the last time I visit Guacamole. The quality of the food, the vast menu, and the friendly staff inside this bright green building are worth taking a second look. I’m sure glad I did!

Photo courtesy of Guacamole

Address: 99, Paengseong daegyo-gil, Paengseong-eup, Pyeongtaek-si
Hours: 11 a.m to 10 p.m. (Last order 9:30 p.m.)
Contact info: 031-657-9998 

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