There are few things in life at Mexican restaurants better than fresh guacamole prepared at your tableside, so when Gothamist spied a bowlful of avocados ready for smashin', we headed into Park Slope's inviting La Taqueria, a long, narrow joint smattered with paintings by local artist Jeramy Turner. Margaritas are a must-have, though nearly a dozen bottled beers appear on the menu including Tecate and Pacifico along with fresh fruit juices and the house sangria. Hot, crispy tortilla chips still dripping in oil arrived at the table for starters, accompanied by a mild, but smoky salsa. Soon afterwards, a cart quietly rolled up to the table where cilantro, lemon, and tomatoes were smashed into ripened avocados with a mortar and pestle and left to devour with another basket of chips.

While famous for their monstrous burritos (and by monstrous we mean INSANELY HUGE) available both at La Taqueria's take-out joint next door and inside at the restaurant, the sit-down menu lends itself to perennial favorites like steak fajitas: juicy hunks of steak, red and yellow bell peppers and onions which arrived sizzling hot on a cast-iron plate. Gothamist's chicken mole enchiladas, two generously filled corn tortillas slathered in spicy, but rich mole sauce came with a heaping side plate of fresh guacamole, rice, beans, salsa, and sour cream as most entrees do. Enchiladas, burritos, fajitas, and tacos come with a vegetable, pork, chicken, or steak filling option, and sour cream can be substituted with non-fat yogurt, beans either red or black. Soups and salads are also options for those preferring lighter fare. The mango salad mixes a bed of mixed greens, tomatoes, fruit, and a light vinaigrette; black bean soup is warming for those not quite ready for summer.

Whether stopping for take-out, or sitting down to indulge in the art of guacamole-preparation, the meat is equally juicy, food piping hot, and servings more than generous. Perfect after soaking up sun in Prospect Park or if a San Franciscan craving the closest thing to Mission-style burritos, La Taqueria offers fresh and filling Mexican in a casual, no-frills atmosphere.

La Taqueria is located at 72 Seventh Ave (between Lincoln & Berkeley) in Park Slope. 718.398.4300.