In Tampa, we have the best Cuban places on earth, but we´re not exactly blessed with great Mexican food. Sometimes refried beans trump black beans, and a chicken burrito smothered in ranchero sauce cures cravings so much better than a roast pork sandwich (especially for hangovers). But what Cuban cuisine really lacks is the quintessential avocado concoction, guacamole. We searched high and low, wide and far to find the best, most garlicky, chunky, homemade guac around — and the winner was Al Gusto. It started as a tiny hole-in-the wall place a year or so ago and has expanded to the space next to it already. The downtown crowd creates a wait at lunchtime, but the friendly Al Gusto owners give you love while you wait. The flawless guacamole is worth waiting for — creamy and chunky, the perfect blend of cilantro, lime and garlic. The cost might scare you, but it´s a large amount. They offer it to go as well.
Al Gusto, 912 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, 813-250-3500.