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Birdie’s Holy Guacamole: A taste of Mexico in downtown Listowel

Birdie Chavarria, owner of Birdie’s Holy Guacamole in downtown Listowel, says that the response to her new Mexican cuisine restaurant has been overwhelming after only a couple weeks in business. Birdie’s Holy Guacamole is located at 145 Main St. W.

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LISTOWEL – Listowel’s restaurant scene just got spicier, with Birdie’s Holy Guacamole now open for business downtown much to the delight of local Mexican cuisine lovers.

And owner Birdie Chavarria anticipated things were going to be hectic after officially opening her doors at 145 Main St. W. on Sept. 4. But ‘hectic’ might be a slight understatement.

“I knew it would be busy, but this is crazy. It’s wild,” she said. “The first day I had to close for an hour just to prep for dinner. And I had prepped a lot. But I love it.”

Restaurant frequenters of the Kitchener-Waterloo area will likely recognize Holy Guacamole, as Chavarria’s parents initially launched their string of family-owned Mexican restaurants in 2012. Chavarria established her own Holy Guacamole in New Hamburg two years ago, and after moving to Listowel last summer with her wife and co-owner Hollie, and their daughter, they also decided to move the restaurant to town as well.

“My mom always made a really good salsa,” explained Chavarria, whose family is of Chilean background. “We kind of just started the business going a Mexican route. She was always such a good cook; so we said let’s try this. My stepdad made all the meats, and we just took a dive at it. We honestly didn’t think it would be as crazy as it was, they grew so fast.”

Birdie’s Holy Guacamole specializes in burritos, tacos and quesadillas, filled out with a wide variety of sauces and fresh toppings including, of course, the restaurant’s famous guacamole recipe. Carnivores can select from such mouth-watering meat options as ancho ground beef, Mexican pulled pork, chorizo sausage, lime marinated chicken and Baja shrimp. Vegetarians can indulge in roasted veggie options, and a kid’s menu is also available.

In addition to the standard dine-in and takeout options, Chavarria and her crew are also able to provide taco bar setups for catered events.

“You basically pick your meat or your veggie, and you just top it the way that you like it,” she said. “If you don’t like beans and rice, you don’t have to have beans and rice. A lot of people are like, ‘I don’t like guacamole’ – well you don’t have to have guacamole. There’s so many other options. Some people just get meat and cheese.”

Chavarria’s love of the business is evident just speaking with her for a few minutes, and her passion for customer service and interacting with Holy Guacamole’s patrons is as invigorating as that first bite into a custom quesadilla.

“We’re making it fresh every day,” she said. “I think that’s what makes it different from other burrito places, is the taste in the freshness. That’s what we strive to do.”

Birdie’s Holy Guacamole can be found on Facebook and Instagram via @birdiesholyguac. Its website is forthcoming, and the restaurant can be contacted directly at 519-291-1919.