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Best Guacamole St. Louis 2008 - Agave Mexican Table & Tequileria

Agave, a beautiful new spot in the quickly gentrifying Grove, puts many delightful twists on standard Mexican fare. That's partly because Agave's menu is Mex-Mex, not Tex-Mex, so you won't have to go cheese-spelunking to unearth an enchilada, nor will you be faced with copious amounts of sour cream and pale shredded lettuce. Instead, you'll find gorgeous plates of well-executed food. Even the standards are elevated. Case in point: Agave's guacamole, which puts plenty of twists on the typical bowl o' guac. First and most important, the avocado is served in thick, verdant slices, not mashed into green pudding. The avocado slices are accompanied by roasted garlic and poblano peppers, and the whole plate is kissed by a spritz of lime juice. Carrots and radishes supplant traditional tortilla chips. At nine bucks, this isn't the cheapest guac in town, but it's the tops, and the portion size is enough for three people. Three lucky people.

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