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May 9, 2008 09:20 AM

Best Margarita in Los Angeles?

I'm on the search for the best margarita in Los Angeles. The best I've had so far is at Cut Steakhouse, and Ciudad does a good job as well.

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  1. There are very few places that make a proper margarita, imho, by which I mean using only tequila, lime juice and triple sec. Border Grill does a good one.

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    1. re: Bob Brooks

      I second the rec for Border Grill. And if you like Ciudad's, you'll most likely like theirs.

    2. I love the margaritas at El Carmen, on Third in the West Hollywood area. They make them with the proper ingredients, and have a good selection of tequilas to choose from.

      While not a margarita proper, I had perhaps the most delicious drink in years at Osteria Mozza, which was made with tequila, campari and grapefruit juice. I bet their margaritas are excellent as well.

      1. El Conquistador. I swear there are illegal substances in their margaritas. I have a huge tolerance for liquor because I'm a 6'2" 170lb male that drinks heavily. I can barely stand up after two of theirs. The taste isn't bad either. The drink is made even more elusive because it is premixed and put into a large vat that they dispense behind the bar. I have not tried the blended ones. Only on the rocks.

        El Conquistador
        3701 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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        1. re: love2eat

          I can also drink a ton normally but those Conquistador margaritas kick my ass.

          1. re: love2eat

            Thanks for starting what was a long string of El Conquistador recommendations. I'm 6'3" and 220 so I can put away some agave myself, and my friends have called my house margarita the "Spacecake" so they have accsed me of just this type of activity. Looking forward to it. Just wish it wasn't so far from home. By the way, if anyone is ever in Hermosa Beach order the "Boogaloo Margarita" at Cafe Boogaloo, it's the real deal.

          2. I like the margaritas at the Pacific Dining Car served straight up with salt. They make for a fantastic breakfast.

            1. I haven't tried the margaritas, but the sangria at Amaranta in Woodland Hills (Topanga Mall) is very good. Supposedly, their margaritas are made from fresh fruit and not any kind of mixer.