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05-13-2006, 09:30 PM
Is it generally served raw in Mexican restaurants?
I asked the waiter last night if it was raw and he said yes, but I'm not sure about the quality of that xommunication. I had lettuce, tomato, avacado, and lemon. It was the first time I have ever left a mexican restaurant and not felt just awful. I was completely satisfied and not at all envious of everyone elses dishes.
Lady Green Jeans
05-14-2006, 12:08 AM
As in every ethnic cuisine, there are levels of quality in restaurants. I would suggest doing what you did and ask. In Souther CA, most definately, the rest. I go to have made it in-house and it is raw (the jalepeno's are debatable in my opinion as I believe most used canned/jarred). I won't quibble that, but I do enjoy quite often.
05-14-2006, 12:42 AM
In many Mexican restaurants, especially small ones (as opposed to chains), I'm sure that they make the guacamole fresh in-house. As such, most of the ingredients should be fresh and raw, though as Lady Green Jeans pointed out, the jalapeno may be in question.
05-14-2006, 10:02 AM
I agree that guac is raw in most Mex restaurants. It's my staple when eating Mexican! I get a salad: lettuce, tomato, onion and guacamole and pico de gallo, and honestly most of the jalapeno around here is raw...and hot! LOL It was so funny when I ordered "my taco salad" with "no beef, no chicken,no cheese, no beans" "can I just have guacamole instead?" The waiter repeated that a few times, couldn't get over it! So funny. But he brought exactly what I asked for..and with a smile. :)
Ususally I bring my own flax crackers or tortilla chips...and everyone wants to taste them and loves them.
I too love the feeling of leaving the restaurant and feeling satisfied and comfortable. I ate out at a Mexican restaurant last night with my family, and I didn't rub it in...but everyone was complaining about how full and uncomfortable they were after dinner! LOL But they all still wanted to go for ice cream afterwards!
My 15 yr old son asked me how I felt after dinner and I told him how good I felt and he began to talk about yucky he felt and what he thought made him feel that way. So we went down the list: flour tortillas, cheese, steak....and then a chocolate milk shake. LOL I told him, all you need to do is pay attention to how certain foods make you feel and you will naturally find yourself making different choices. I see that he is already responding to what he is learning and what he is observing in me. I'm so glad to be a good example with food...for a change! LOL
05-14-2006, 10:49 AM
You have to ask to make sure that they don't put any sour cream in it. ALthough sour cream is not traditionally an ingredient in guacamole, I've found that several of the mexican restaurants in my city add it (probably to stretch it out more since avocados are expensive).
05-14-2006, 11:14 AM
Be sure to ask. Many are raw, but I ran into a few places when I visited San Antonio that had COTTAGE CHEESE in their guac! :eek:
05-14-2006, 01:22 PM
Alot of them will put table salt in it or maybe a cooked juice. Others are also right about the cooked jalapeno. I usually stay away from guacamole at restauraunts due to the fact that there is usually something cooked in it. I even had a restauraunt that said there was no salt added and when I ate it I tasted something salty. Went on there website and found they do put salt in it. So be careful. Maybe they can make some up for you that doesn't have cooked food in it. I would call in advance and see if they would do it for you. Most places would.
05-14-2006, 02:19 PM
We live NEAR a couple of big cities, and each restaurant is different, the ones owned by Mexian people use fresh ingredients, the onces that are chains, buy their quac in huge buckets, as we also can buy from these restaurant outlets and high volume food places, we see alot of this stuff being sold to restaurants, so we have re-thought how and what we eat out.
I don't care for guack anyway, so it is no big deal to me, but Dragggon loves the way I make it, and so he doesn't eat it much anywhere else.
We used to do alot of Mexican foods, now I just make them raw at home, sooooo much better tasting.
05-14-2006, 04:23 PM
Avocados become very bitter when cooked, so the avocados would be raw. They may add heated lemon juice or garlic or something like that. One time when I went to a Mexican restaurant, they had a deal where the server came out to the table wtih all the ingredients and asked me what I wanted in my guacamole. Then he made it right there. It was so good!
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