Guacamole 61

Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–8 p.m.

Price: $-$$

Restaurant Details

Guacamole 61’s taco-truck mainstays are made with huge portions and carefully crafted meats. Inspired by owner Guillermo "Willy" Perez’s avocado-green ’61 Chevy Impala, Perez and chef Gustavo Orozco created a similarly masculine and flashy truck-style menu to match. The plates are hefty and there's an unusually large amount of zingy pineapple going on — it's in the al pastor, in the agua fresca, and in the Hawaiian-style torta with grilled ham. Flash? Check. There isn’t a meat option there that didn't seem doted on — the non-greasy carnitas were shredded into almost hair-like tangles that had deeply browned on the grill — but it's worth making a beeline for the al pastor, made fresh every day with pineapple and chilies. Get it on a street taco, made with a house-made tortilla, or on the Dia del Daryoush, an over-the-top quesadilla that manages to make its every ingredient, from Monterey jack cheese to guacamole, stand out. Guacamole 61 should do just fine in North Berkeley’s slightly precious Epicurious Garden, partly because every neighborhood could do with some good Mexican food.

Cynthia Salaysay

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Price: $-$$

Payment Type: Cash, all major credit cards

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