Best Calgary places to gorge on guacamole

Kathe Lemon from Avenue Magazine joins Global Calgary to chat about the annual issue on the best restaurants in Calgary.

There were a few things about my wedding in Las Vegas in 2007 that were a bit odd – even for Sin City.

#1 My 16-month-old son was at the wedding.

#2 I got married in a black satin dress. Almost everything in my closet is black. I couldn’t imagine wearing a white dress – even for one day. (And, no, my dress colour had nothing to with #1.)

Sarah's fashion tip: A black wedding dress hides guacamole spills better than a white gown!

Sarah's fashion tip: A black wedding dress hides guacamole spills better than a white gown!

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#3 My wedding dinner absolutely had to include nacho chips and guacamole; no guacamole, no dinner at the hotel’s famous buffet restaurant!

With my toddler son next to me in his high chair, I gorged myself on the guac at the Spice Market Buffet in Planet Hollywood – and didn’t drop a single chunk of avocado on my black dress.

“From Mexican and Italian to Asian and American, pile your plates high and go back for seconds – possibly thirds. This Vegas buffet also features an extensive Middle Eastern/Mediterranean section.”

Good guacamole is very important to me; it can make or break a fajita, taco or nacho platter. Heck, it can make or break a wedding!

Recently, Avenue Magazine (which I also love to gobble up) released its annual 25 Best Restaurants in Calgary list. Along with the crème of the crème, they also do some other Best Ofs, including Best Mexican. They listed three: Anjeo, Los Chilitos and Native Tongues Taqueria.

Native Tongues is one of my favourite Calgary restaurants. If I ate nothing else the rest of my life except their heavenly chilaquiles, I would die a carb-loaded happy girl.

The restaurant is like a small club without a dance floor. There’s a spark and energy there. Everyone is happy. It’s bustling and, at times, frenetic. It’s fun sitting at the family-style tables, gabbing with strangers about the dependably damn-delicious tacos.

Native Tongues has some family-style seating that inspires you to mingle with the other diners.

Native Tongues has some family-style seating that inspires you to mingle with the other diners.

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There’s a sizzle to Native Tongues that’s undeniable, but my family has also discovered another Mexican gem that’s great when you want a reservation and a private table where you can sit a little longer and enjoy just the comfort of the food a little more: La Casa Latina – Mexican and Latin Grill.

My family of three – including my 11-year-old son – has been here twice. My son loves getting the chicken fajitas and making his own wraps with sour cream, cheese and the juicy chicken. We’ve also had the burritos.

Sweet, sweet juicy chicken fajitas from La Casa Latina.

Sweet, sweet juicy chicken fajitas from La Casa Latina.

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Just as delicious: beef fajitas from La Casa Latina.

Just as delicious: beef fajitas from La Casa Latina.

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And, of course, both times, we started with the nachos – and guacamole.

La Casa Latina's fresh guacamole is a must.

La Casa Latina's fresh guacamole is a must.

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My guilty pleasure isn’t shoes or purses or jewelry – it’s food. I always want to hear about your great restaurant experiences whether it’s a fine-dining restaurant or a burger joint with just four stools.

Even guacamole in the morning is great. My hubby and I just had brunch at Diner Deluxe in Aspen Landing in the southwest. Check out his delicious Huevos Rancheros – with the good green stuff! – Sarah

My hubby is always on the hunt for huevos rancheros. This Diner Deluxe breakfast dish, topped with guacamole, gets two thumbs up.

My hubby is always on the hunt for huevos rancheros. This Diner Deluxe breakfast dish, topped with guacamole, gets two thumbs up.

Sarah Crosbie/Corus Radio

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