Avocados are a delicious, versatile food that can be transformed into a meal, appetizer, dessert, and more. With their creamy, buttery texture, avocados can be used in many ways: from guacamole to salads to sushi and beyond. What’s more, avocados provide a host of health benefits — from healthy fats to vitamins C, E, K, and B6. And, believe it or not, they’re actually considered a berry. To celebrate the many forms the mighty avocado can come in, we’ve rounded up some fun and creative avocado dishes in the Essex County + North Jersey area. Read on to find some of our area’s most creative avocado dishes.
Bitol Mexican Handcrafted Cantina I 1061 Bloomfield Avenue, Clifton
This is the place to go for guacamole made any which way. Catina creates some really unusual and unexpected mix-ins. Opt for Sikil-P, which is made with pumpkin seeds, cilantro hummus, and pomegranate seeds. Seafood lovers with an adventurous streak can try Atun, which features tuna tartare, habanero-LME, and cucumber mango relish.
Boho Cafe I 113 Watchung Avenue, Montclair
This beautiful and bright cafe is known for its healthy bites and calming atmosphere. Avocado enthusiasts will enjoy the Walk the Lime smoothie, made with lime, mango, pineapple, spinach, almond milk, and maple syrup; or the esquites toast, made with vegan mayo, Mexican street corn, lime juice, and cotija cheese served on sourdough.
Casa d’Paco I 73 Warwick Street, Newark
Newark’s Ironbound section is known for its bounty of restaurants offering authentic Spanish tapas. You can find Aguacate Relleno at this bustling hangout, a half avocado shell stuffed with crabmeat, shrimp, minced onion, egg whites, and in-house-made mayonnaise. Keep an eye on its rotating tapas menu for other delights featuring this versatile fruit.
Il laboratorio del gelato I Multiple locations
If you ever wondered if something could be made into gelato, chances are you’ll find it here. The avocado used in its namesake gelato flavor is sourced from California and picked for its buttery texture and flavor. Add to your fun and mix this flavor with lime, Thai chili chocolate, grapefruit, lemon, olive oil, white and black peppercorn, or sour cream gelato.
Le Salbuen I 97 Walnut Street, Montclair
This European-inspired cafe is within walking distance of the Walnut Street Station in Montclair, providing a welcoming space for weary commuters to unwind after a long day. It also serves breakfast Monday through Saturday and brunch on Sunday. If you love avocado, check out The Forest: two organic poached eggs, venison cherry sausage, organic avocado, and toast.
Marcel’s Bakery and Kitchen I 631 1/2 Valley Rd, Montclair
This cue cafe has great coffee, excellent baked goods, and inventive Mediterranean food. You can find avocado in the herbed falafel bowl, served with cabbage, pickles, and tahini; and in the El Guapo pita sammie, which also boasts scrambled eggs, salsa verde, cheddar cheese, and mushrooms, nestled in a pita.
Miti Miti I 10 Sloan Street, South Orange
This restaurant has a sister location in Brooklyn, and both places serve dishes from all over South America. At breakfast time, try the avocado toast with two fried eggs, pico de gallo, Queso Blanco, and pumpkin seeds, or the Colombian pericos taco: scrambled eggs with scallion, tomato, and avocado.
Olivia’s I 1038 Garden Street, Hoboken
This restaurant is known for its unique dishes, drinks, and Instagram-worthy decor. Avocado is the star of its namesake guacamole, served with red onions, jalapeño pico de gallo, and queso fresco. You can also find it on the breakfast menu in the Venezuelan benedictine, crispy corn arepa, smoked salmon, and poached eggs served with hollandaise sauce.
Orale Mexican Kitchen I Multiple locations
If guacamole is the highlight of your visit to a Mexican restaurant, this Kitchen has you covered with inspired renditions. You can sample as many combinations as you like, including Blue Demon, made with blue cheese and toasted pepitas; Fresa, made with seasonal fresh fruit; and Pulpo Picante, with spicy braised octopus. There are locations in both Hoboken and Jersey City.
Tio Taco + Tequila I Multiple locations
In addition to traditional guacamole, the menu at this lively spot includes ranchero guacamole with crispy pork belly, pepita seeds, diced jalapeños, and queso fresco; and truffle guacamole with fire-roasted corn salsa, lime, and cotija cheese that is infused with truffle oil. The vegetarians in your group will seek out the Taco-cado, a mix of sliced and fried avocado, red cabbage, avocado crema, and mango habanero sauce.