Battle of the Dishes

The Mission vs. Barrio Queen: Table-Side Guacamole Tumble

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In This Corner: The Mission

The Setting: The Mission is adjacent to a stunning white mission (hence the name) in Old Town Scottsdale. Walk into the restaurant and you're met with Spanish décor, beige stucco walls and wood floors. Mini chandeliers add to the trendy ambiance of the restaurant. On our visit, the service was quick and welcoming, and our server did not hesitate to offer the tableside guacamole.

The Good: This guacamole is made with two fresh, plump avocados, jalapeño (guests are asked for their preference of mild, medium or hot), red onion, fresh garlic, sea salt, lime juice, tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, chipotle puree, cilantro, cotija and roasted pepitas. Added pumpkin seeds are also an option at the end. It's mesmerizing to watch the process of the guacamole being made, and puts to shame any other guac you've tried to make at home. We were like puppies waiting for our meal to be placed in front of us, ready to devour it.

The textures inside the dip were addicting. Crunch onion, fresh jalapeño with a nice crisp to it, and the pumpkin seeds added a nice touch next to the creamy avocado.

The Bad: The textures were spot on, but the flavor fell flat in our guacamole dish. Lime could hardly be detected, and where was our chipotle puree? The few splashes of lime juice wasn't enough to do the trick, and for guacamole supposedly prepared at medium spiciness, we were left disappointed as there was hardly a kick.

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Natalie Miranda