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in search of......good fresh margaritas........

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  • joea Jul 7, 2000 06:50 PM
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I admit it, I'm a marg snob. I regularly make nice fresh ones at home w/ top shelf tequila. I belong to a tequila club in SF/bay area. I have lived in l.a. four years now and still have not found a good one. here is a list of my search so far:
El Cholo drinkable, that's all
El Carmen drinkable, that's all
Barrigans bad
Don Cuco's drinkable, that's all
El Chavo drinkable, that's all
Mexico City bad
El compadre drinkable, that's all

any suggestions?? live in the valley

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  1. This is really not my area (although I'm interested); but what about Sonora Grill?

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    1. re: Deborah

      WHERE IS THE SONORA GRILL?

      1. re: JOEA

        Ironically enough, speaking of Border Grill, Sonora Grill sits on the old site of City, Susan and Mary Sue's first restaurant. It's on La Brea.

        Rebecca's margaritas are pretty good, too. And I like Lares' (on Pico) big Sauza margaritas. El Cholo's will have you seeing double in no time, and Lula's are pretty tasty but the food - ick! Started a couple of long term romances over a few of Paco's Taco's... Mexico City's aren't too bad (a cool dark respite from the relentless sun on that side of town)... Of course no one can make them better than you can at home, where you're assured fresh muddled lime and top shelf liquor!

        1. re: laura

          I hate to disclose, but I know the answer to your query . . . El Conquistador on Sunset in Silver Lake. Go no further. No arguments.

          1. re: cube

            HAHAHA. El Conquistador is the only right answer! I whole-heartedly agree. My friends and I call them "creeper margaritas" because of the way they creep up on you. Delicious and not-to-sweet, served in balloon glasses. And the atmosphere is great too, deep in Silverlake. Treat yourself- go to the Sunset Junction Street Fair in a few weeks and visit El Conquistador at the same time.

          2. re: laura

            Spoken like a true alcoho..er, margarita connoisseur!

      2. Border Grill makes quite good margaritas. Request a good tequila like Tesoro (the list features dozens of 'em) and request the drink ``up,'' as blended margaritas are nowhere as good, and margaritas on the rocks always become watery after a few sips.

        1. Margaritas are the wine spritzers of tequila. If you truly appreciate the liquor then drink it neat, como un hombre. But since you're asking, the best margarita in LA is at Marix in Santa Monica after you've spent the day at the beach.

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          1. re: georgio

            As far as I am concerned, There is nothing better than and nice margarita made w/ fresh citrus (no pre-made mix) with nice anejo tequila. I'm all for sipping. However, you do get the same oaky aftertaste in a good marg.

          2. El Conquistador is the only right answer! Huge, delicious and not-to-sweet, served in balloon glasses. My friends and I call them "creeper margaritas" because of the way they creep up on you. And the atmosphere is great too, deep in Silverlake. Treat yourself- go to the Sunset Junction Street Fair in a few weeks and visit El Conquistador at the same time.
            Its become kind of a tradition for us.

            1. If you live in the valley, you must try the margatinis at Mexicali Cocina Cantina in Studio City. They are divine!