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.
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!
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.
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.
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.