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Love guacamole? Here's where to have it made tableside

September 16th is both Mexican Independence Day and National Guacamole Day.

In the spirit of all things cultural and delicious, we recommend celebrating with some of these guacs made table-side in molcajetes, the traditional volcanic rock bowl that results in a much better dip than anything scooped out of an industrial container.

Mexico's fight for independence from Spain may be over, but the battle for the best guac is still very real. Root for your favorite competitor below:

Dos Caminos

The chain Dos Caminos usually offers three varieties
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The chain Dos Caminos usually offers three varieties of tableside guacamole: the traditional kind ($14.50 for a small); one with a seasonal fruit, toasted pepitas and cucumbers ($16); and another with Oaxacan grasshoppers and passila Oaxaca chilies ($16). It's adding a special chorizo and shrimp guac (pictured, $20) to the mix for the holiday. Order some warm corn tortilla chips or some crispy vegetables for dipping materials. Five locations around Manhattan

Toloache

Chef Julian Medina is known for his Mexican
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Chef Julian Medina is known for his Mexican restaurants around New York City, and Toloache's tableside guacamole does not disappoint. Traditional, spicy rojo and fruit (pomegranate, mango, apple and Thai basil) are your three options ($14 each) -- unless you order the chef's recommended trio to try them all ($27). Three locations in Manhattan

Rosa Mexicano

Perhaps known as the champion of tableside guacamole,
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Perhaps known as the champion of tableside guacamole, Rosa Mexicano is a must-visit for guac. Their molcajete recipe hasn't changed since 1984, and the restaurant proudly shares it online so you can make your own at home. Four Manhattan locations

Jolie Cantina

This French-Mexican bistro in Cobble Hill serves some
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This French-Mexican bistro in Cobble Hill serves some of Brooklyn's best guacamole. Jolie Cantina's "Gonzaga Guacamole" is made to order and pairs nicely with their nachos made with creme fraîche and grilled rib-eye. 241 Smith St.

Diego's Mexican Grill

Visit this Hell's Kitchen Mexican spot for $5
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Visit this Hell's Kitchen Mexican spot for $5 frozen margaritas all day, every day. Or stop at Diego's for their freshly made guacamole. Fresh garlic, onion, chiles and cilantro give the avocado dip a tasty zing, perfectly chased down with your frozen tequila cocktail. 714 9th Ave.

Tio Pepe

Serving Mexican and Spanish cuisine since 1970, Tio
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Serving Mexican and Spanish cuisine since 1970, Tio Pepe is a tableside guacamole hot spot. Jalapeños ensure that this guac is spicy. 168 W. 4th St.

A.G. Kitchen

For a free show along with your order
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For a free show along with your order of guac, head to the Upper West Side's A.G. Kitchen. The tableside guacamole can be made mild, medium or spicy. Get the classic kind for $10, or add some tropical flare with pineapple and pomegranate ($11), or papaya and mint ($11). 263 Columbus Ave.

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