Guacamole Bowl, Canby’s Newest Restaurant, Now Open

A version of this article originally appeared in the April 2020 edition of Canby Living Magazine.

Canby’s newest restaurant, Guacamole Bowl Cuisine, is now open, and it’s unique in offering its signature specialty to all guests — free of charge.

“Our concept is to make fresh guacamole, complimentary for each table,” said owner and manager Francisco Javier Barajas.

Barajas was a partner in the previous restaurant that occupied this space — another Mexican eatery known as Los Dorados.

When his partner left the business due to the economic impacts of Covid-19, Barajas decided to stay on as sole owner — reopening under a new name and a concept that reminded him of his childhood in the Mexican state of Michoacán.

“There were avocados everywhere,” he said with a laugh. “As far as the eye can see. All the land was covered with avocados. I even had a small avocado farm.”

He was also driven to feature the buttery Mexican fruit because of its health benefits, he said.

“It’s very healthy,” explained Barajas, who also owns a small chain of Mexican grocery stores with locations in Wilsonville, Portland and Beaverton.

Barajas’ guacamole is made in the traditional style, featuring a unique blend of avocado, onion, cilantro and salt. It’s made and served tableside with chips and salsa.

The restaurant’s menu includes a wide variety of traditional favorites and unique recipes, as well as a full complement of beer, margaritas and other bar drinks.

Guacamole Bowl Cuisine is located at 1011 S.W. 1st Ave. in the Canby Square shopping center, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Call the restaurant at 503-263-3940 or order online at

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