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phx: the best REAL margarita

hollyeve Jan 3, 2008 02:13 PM

After browsing through winedubar's "what CH faves do you not get" thread, I am in agreement that Barrio isn't all that. But they do make some tasty margaritas. So, where else might one go for a real margarita (I think you will all know what I mean-- no sweet&sour mix, please :) )? And maybe a bowl of gucamole to go with? Extra points for daytime hours... Sometimes I just can't wait until 5:00!!

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  1. winedubar RE: hollyeve Jan 3, 2008 03:27 PM

    no guac but richardson's prickly pear marg totally rocks. i like the cilantro margs at tradiciones, and i also dig the margs a via de los santos


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      mamamia RE: winedubar Jan 3, 2008 03:50 PM

      Re: Via De Los Santos
      You talkin' about the .99 babies?? We used to pound the small pitchers of those down for the sheer thrill of a $6 pitcher.

      The margaritas up at El Encanto are pretty good on a nice warm day on the patio. Don't know if they're real, but the outdoor setting forces us to visit a couple of times a year (sans kids). Yeah, they're probably made from a mix. We just don't care.
      I can't vouch for the food though.

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        winedubar RE: mamamia Jan 3, 2008 03:59 PM

        oh yeah i love those :D

        i'm a recovering vegetarian, and via de los santos was just about the only place that used to have real veg refried beans.

        now i eat the carne asada ;) and lots of marg's

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          hollyeve RE: winedubar Jan 3, 2008 04:04 PM

          haha! I AM a vegetarian, so maybe I will them a try!

          1. re: hollyeve
            mamamia RE: hollyeve Jan 3, 2008 04:38 PM

            Via De (what we call it) is also one of the only places in town that has good calabacitas(squash w/corn and cheese) on their menu. Good veg option.

            Calabacitas cooked that way are a very traditional item in Mexican homes, but you rarely see them in restairants.

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      ziggylu RE: hollyeve Jan 3, 2008 03:31 PM

      Los Sombreros uses fresh lime for all but the house margarita. They've got great guac, too.

      1. Bill Hunt RE: hollyeve Jan 3, 2008 06:19 PM

        In Phoenix, about the best commercial Margaritas, that I have had were at Via Delosantos, on Central in N. PHX. The food is pretty good, though I usually choose El Bravo (nearby) for the food. My friends still swear that mine are the best, but that doesn't count.


        Via Delosantos
        9120 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85020

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        1. re: Bill Hunt
          deeman RE: Bill Hunt Jan 7, 2008 02:06 PM

          I definitely agree with the other posts regarding Via Delosantos. I also think the food is quite good.

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          Kam7185 RE: hollyeve Jan 7, 2008 04:53 PM

          Embarrased to admit this....but I love the margaritas at Z tejas. The Z top shelf on the rocks with extra salt is fabulous! I believe they'll serve you on as soon as they open, possible 11 ish!

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            sundevilgirl RE: Kam7185 Jan 7, 2008 05:10 PM

            Haha! I'm not the only one that was embarrassed to admit loving Z tejas margaritas...I love their Chambord margarita. They only let you have 2 because they are so strong.

            1. re: sundevilgirl
              jhenner RE: sundevilgirl Jan 8, 2008 11:15 AM

              Rio Mirage, in the West Valley, also makes a mean Chambord Margarita.

              Rio Mirage Cafe
              13863 W Bell Rd, Surprise, AZ 85374

            2. re: Kam7185
              boingo2000 RE: Kam7185 Jan 8, 2008 06:17 AM

              Why embarassed? Because Z'Tejas is a chain? If so, that's one thing I dislike about CH....it fosters a snobby attitude (not accusing you of this....I'm accusing the collective CH community for making you feel embarassed to admit you <gasp> like something from a Corporate entity).

              In any case, you're right. Z'tejas makes a tasty margarita.

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                modthyrth RE: boingo2000 Jan 8, 2008 03:59 PM

                And some freakin amazing pork and shrimp dumplings, in my opinion. Everything else has been lackluster there, in my experience. But the peach margaritas make up for it. ;-)

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                  Kam7185 RE: boingo2000 Jan 9, 2008 06:14 PM

                  I have NOTHING against chains, unfortunately I frequent them too often. I was just embarrased because it may not be viewed as a "REAL" margarita. But, nevertheless, I LOVE ztejas and yes, the dumplings are to die for. They make a killer ceasar salad too!

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                modthyrth RE: hollyeve Jan 7, 2008 06:53 PM

                The margaritas at Z-Tejas may not be terribly authentic, but man they're tasty!!

                The huckleberry margarita at the Roaring Fork happy hour is tart and tasty.

                But the best damn margarita around is to be had at the Old Town Tortilla Factory in Scottsdale. More than one publication has called it the best margarita in the world (Travel Channel I believe? Southwest Magazine?) and after a serious attempt to fact-check it myself, I think I agree. ;-)

                1. azhotdish RE: hollyeve Jan 8, 2008 07:14 AM

                  If you're into blended margaritas, I believe Ajo Als makes a pretty decent one.

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                    BrandonPHX RE: hollyeve Jan 8, 2008 10:24 PM

                    Sierra Bonitas on 7th st & Glendale have pretty good margaritas. I'll throw in a vote for Via De Los Santos, as well. I love that place. I also like Richardson's, Padres and Barrio Cafe (I like the food there too).

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                      ciaogal RE: BrandonPHX Jan 9, 2008 03:58 AM

                      Try the Margarita @ the VillageTavern @ Gainey Ranch. It too is made w/ a fresh citrus mix and plents of fresh fruit in it. If you go for the Jumbo it's serves in a 'Fish bowl sized glass!

                      I have to second Ztejas......love them!

                      Has anyone tried Margaritaville @ Westgate?

                    2. jcoz23 RE: hollyeve Jan 9, 2008 02:25 PM

                      I like El Zocalo in Chandler. But ONLY for the margaritas, guacamole and their patio. The actual entrees I don't think are all that great. Decent, but nothing spectacular...

                      1. azhotdish RE: hollyeve Jan 9, 2008 07:09 PM

                        Sam's Cafe @ Biltmore Fashion Park makes a pretty tasty margarita - their chips and salsa are awesome too.

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                          hollyeve RE: azhotdish Jan 9, 2008 08:48 PM

                          ooohh... now this is what I'm talking about! Tequila, Grand Marnier, and lime. Perfect! And close to home, too. Thanks for the rec!

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                            furrybluecyclops RE: hollyeve Jan 11, 2008 07:33 AM

                            Just had Sierra Bonita's house margarita last night and it was truly horrible. It tasted like pure triple sec. I have to put in a vote for Barrio's Pink Chevy, which is the main reason we go there (besides the guacamole). And Mi Patio's margs get the job done nicely, even though they aren't anything spectacular, they certainly fit the bill especially for an afternoon day of playing hookie, drinking margaritas, and setting your mouth on fire (in a good way) with their camerones del diablo. Chasing the Mi Patio marg with a shot of top shelf silver tequila (like the Hornitos Plata) is highly recommended...:)

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                              hollyeve RE: furrybluecyclops Jan 11, 2008 03:31 PM

                              Yes... I think I am going to have to stick to Barrio for my margaritas and guac. The only reason I don't LOVE Barrio is that they don't really have a bar. I always feel bad if I sit at a table and don't order a "meal". Being a vegetarian, I usually don't order entrees at Mexican restaurants, what with all the lard flying around. I have had the pink chevy marg, but my fave is just thier house margarita.

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                                furrybluecyclops RE: hollyeve Jan 15, 2008 07:11 AM

                                Yeah I know what you mean about not ordering a meal, but I'll bet if you had a bowl of their posole (which is quite good) and the chips and guac, with a couple of margs, they'd treat you just great. :))

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                          McErica RE: hollyeve Jan 15, 2008 09:00 AM

                          Also have to give LosDosMolinos a vote for their margs!

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