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Jun 10, 2008 11:44 AM

Great margaritas, lunch, downtownish

I'll be downtown on Wednesday, (Geary and Sutter street art galleries) and am looking for a great margarita and good food, doesn't have to be Mexican. Its my birthday and a mid-day, mid-week drink is essential.
Thanks Chowers,

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  1. I've had drinks and snacks at Colibri and they are pretty solid for the area. The guacamole, made tableside, is especially good. They have a good selection of tequila and use fresh ingredients, so I'd say give it a try. Happy Birthday!

    1. Colibri.

      Colibri Mexican Bistro
      438 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94102

      1. stop by Cantina for your birthday cheer (it's a bar...)

        580 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94108

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        1. re: Cynsa

          Wonderful bar, but being a bar it's not open until early evening and there's no food.

        2. I haven't been in a while. but the Irish Bank was one of my standard post-shopping stop-offs. They made pretty good margaritas and a nice comfort bar food menu.

          That said, I haven't been since Jacques (the margarita king) left but I'm sure they're still fine.

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          1. re: larochelle

            I went to the Irish Bank last night for the first time, and had two margaritas instead of the beer everyone else had. They were smallish instead of huge and I took that to be a good sign. But alas, I could taste no tequila (not saying there wasn't any in it, just that there wasn't enough for the flavor to come through) and after drinking two of them I couldn't tell I had had anything to drink. I don't know how many bartenders they have, but whoever made that one did a poor job.

          2. Two other suggestions for you:

            - Zazil (it's in the SF Centre, 4th floor I think). It's the from the same group as Colibri - and has great margaritas. There menu is much smaller and their prices higher, but the food is generally good.

            - Mexico DF, on Steuart Street near the Embarcadero; good simple menu, good drinks.