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PDX: best Margarita

Steve Jul 25, 2004 03:51 PM

I'm looking for opinions on the best Margarita in Portland.

As for style: I don't like margaritas that are overly sweetened with lots of sweet and sour or margarita mix, and much prefer the clean, fresh style of just tequila, triple sec and lime juice.

Any suggestions?

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    Nick RE: Steve Jul 26, 2004 12:14 AM

    I don't drink, but I'll try to help anyway. If I were going to make an educated guess, I would suggest Esparza's because they're known for their tequila selection and large portions of food.

    I've also attached a list from Citysearch. The editorial staff picked them as best, but the "people" picked Oba!, a Nuevo Latino place in the Pearl.

    Link: http://portland.citysearch.com/best/r...

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      Nick RE: Nick Jul 26, 2004 12:23 AM

      Here's another link:


      That's for 2003 on Citysearch.

      btw, if food is also important to you in this consideration, then I think your best choices would be Nuestra Cocina (midscale regional Mexican), Taqueria Nueve (midscale regional Mexican), or Esparza's (funky Tex-Mex).

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      trillium RE: Steve Jul 26, 2004 04:16 PM

      Taqueria Nueve makes a really nice, tart margarita. I don't remember the name of it, but it isn't their house one. Their house one is good, but has some fresh oj in it so it isn't as tart. It's the one listed underneath that one on the drinks menu.


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        rodney RE: trillium Jul 26, 2004 08:17 PM

        I believe the Taqueria Nueve one is the "tradicional". I like that one.
        I've had the margarita at Esparzas and its not very good. They use a sour mix instead of real lime juice.


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          trillium RE: rodney Jul 26, 2004 09:03 PM

          Yeah, that's the one. It's good.

          And as a bonus they have Tecate tallboys...but they bring you a glass to drink 'em out of which ruins the whole effect I think...the glass cracked up a couple of guys who were there when we were (that and the fact they were the only obvious Mexicans in a Mexican restaurant).


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            Burrito Lady RE: rodney Mar 27, 2009 01:36 PM

            Yeah, when I had a margarita at Esparzas it tasted like lemonade.

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          Kristi RE: Steve Jul 26, 2004 04:28 PM

          I've always been partial to the margarita at Hall Street in Beaverton. It is just how you described and they serve it up in a martini glass. They are also only $3 during happy hour. I haven't had one since my favorite bartender left there, but it seems to me that they have always been good.


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            melogranato RE: Steve Mar 27, 2009 11:03 AM

            I realize that this thread is now almost 5 years old BUT -- for anyone searching (as I was) and running across this -- hands down it's Por Que No on Mississippi. None of that sweet pre-mixed nonsense, strong, clean, well balanced -- and perfect on the sidewalk on a rare sunny spring afternoon. They've also opened up shop on Hawthorne.

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              bkeater RE: melogranato Mar 27, 2009 12:48 PM

              I agree Por Que NO is the way to go-

              Surprisingly- PF CHANGS has a decent one- was there on a gift card and it didnt sux

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                JillO RE: bkeater Mar 27, 2009 01:24 PM

                Tapalaya, the place that opened in Taqueria Nueve's old space on NE 28th, makes their margaritas according to TN's recipe. When in there last week with a group, one of the folks there told us that they inherited TN's bartender and when she left, she gave them the popular drink recipe to continue the tradition. It really excited one of my friends who was a huge fan of TN's margaritas.

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                  MichaelG RE: bkeater Mar 28, 2009 05:09 PM

                  Unbelievably, I was going to also mention PF Changs. They call it the organic margarita, and they use agave nectar and Tres Generacions 100% agave tequila. My wife said it was the best margarita she's ever had, and we've been all over the southwest and Mexico!

              2. SauceSupreme RE: Steve Mar 30, 2009 01:46 PM

                Best margarita for me came from the hands of Kevin Ludwig one early happy hour day at Clyde Common. I think he's officially left the bar so I'm patiently waiting for Beaker & Flask. I'd also trust the guys at Teardrop as they're big tequila fans as well as good bartenders.

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                  belizar RE: SauceSupreme Mar 31, 2009 02:32 PM

                  I'm a fan of the margaritas I've had at Trébol on Albina. I've tried a couple but my favorite has to be their tamarindo margarita with house infused chile tequila. Very tasty!

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