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Best margaritas in Toronto?

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pigtowner May 17, 2007 05:17 PM

I'm a Baltimore chowhound who will be in Toronto all next week for a conference. I'm wondering if you all have a good place to get margaritas? Maybe a place with decent food as well, although we have lots of ideas for dinners (you guys have some great threads on here for tourists, thanks!). We'll be staying at the Drake and at the convention center a lot, so anywhere in between or on public transportation would be fine!

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  1. Rabbit RE: pigtowner May 17, 2007 06:46 PM

    - Milagro has an entire tequila menu, which would seem promising.
    - And it's right near the convention centre, so it's easy access.
    - I haven't actually tried this place yet, but I just read about the aforementioned tequila menu, so Milagro just moved up on my summer cocktailing list.
    - (apps/bar snackies look interesting too).

    www.milagrorestaurant.com

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      thebutcher RE: Rabbit May 17, 2007 07:44 PM

      Johnny Banana at Queen/Bathurst has great margaritas - fresh lime not fake bar lime mix. The food here is good too.
      Jalapenos at King/Tecumseth usually good - although last time I was there they seemed light on the tequila.
      Margaritas on Baldwin are good too.

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        abigllama RE: thebutcher May 18, 2007 06:22 PM

        I second Johnny Banana - The bar is a bit slow but margarita was amazing. So fresh and just the right amount of booze. The mojito was killer too.

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      alisonb RE: pigtowner May 18, 2007 08:01 AM

      Though i haven't been for a year or so now, La Hacienda at Queen and Tecumseh (about a 15 minute walk east of the Drake) had awesome super fresh margs, and they have a covered patio out back which is nice when its warm. Soon you'll be able to plan a little bit of a marg-crawl if you work it right! good luck

      1. Googs RE: pigtowner May 19, 2007 05:45 AM

        Personal fav is Hernando's Hideaway on Yonge just south of Wellesly. Perhaps not high end marg's, but boy they sure are tasty. Friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Nice staff.

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          crawfish RE: pigtowner May 20, 2007 12:45 PM

          Try a caipirinha at Caju, east of the Drake by 4-5 blocks. It's like a Brazilian margarita and highly addictive. Hmmmmm....do I have any limes?

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            cuitlacocheaugratin RE: pigtowner May 21, 2007 07:36 PM

            I agree with butcher. You should try Johny Banana on Queen & Bathurst, they have amazing cocktails specially their margaritas and mojitos. Try the tamarind or hibiscus margarita.

            1. ptcandy RE: pigtowner May 21, 2007 08:02 PM

              Asking for the best Margarita in 'Toronto is like looking for a great Bloody Caesar in El Paso. For me, a good Margarita comes out of a tap mounted on the wall and is served in a mug and shouldn't cost more than $2. I prefer to go with the local cuisine when I'm away. There is a neighborhood called Leslieville that has some off beat small cafe's. Sorry but I don't have anyplace in mind but I am sure someone here can help you. The area is near Coxwell and Queen. Good Luck.

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                ekammin RE: cuitlacocheaugratin May 21, 2007 08:24 PM

                Absolutely! For a good Margarita, you need good quality tequila and freshly squeezed lime juice (not bottled juice from concentrate). The best orange liqueur to use is Cointry, a Mexican knock-off of Cointreau, which will give a wholly authentic flavour. Since this is not available here, either bring back a bottle from Mexico, or buy some Cointreau.

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