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Mar 11, 2009 11:51 AM

best margarita-SD

Wondering where to find the best margarita in san diego area. preferably with decent mexican food to accompany the drinking

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  1. I like to have a pitcher of Margaritas and plate of chorizo nachos on the patio of Alphonso's in La Jolla. Eating inside is just so so, but outside you can people watch and have a great afternoon.

    1. They do a fine job on the margaritas at Cantina Mayahual on Adams/30th, though I've become more of a fan of doing a shot of good tequila with a Sangrita shot to sip with it. Menu is limited but what they do, they do well.

      Another great margarita, though with different fare, is at Gulf Coast Grill. And cajun food goes equally as well with a good maggy, IMO.

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      1. re: mimosa

        a second vote for Mayahuel. an amazing line up of tequilas and mezcals.

        1. re: ibstatguy

          I'll third this. And add, incredibly easy to make an excellent margarita at home...

          1. re: Ewilensky

            that has me wondering if there is a thread of people's favorite marg recipes...

      2. I'm diverting a lil bit.. don't shoot!
        Hibiscus Margarita at Ono's in Bonita
        and Tamarind Martini at Romesco's.

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        1. re: epicureous eggplant

          No need to shoot, flavored margaritas are not uncommon in Mexico, and they're usually pretty good :-). Personally, I love Margarita de Coco the best in the flavored category. Sadly, no one in SD makes that variety.

          1. re: DiningDiva

            I wouldn't shoot anyone for ordering a flavored margarita, but I would argue that those drinks are generally different enough that they are no longer margaritas. Also, in my experience flavored margaritas are more likely to be excessively sweet, although I'm sure exceptions exist. Hibiscus sounds like a refreshing twist.

            1. re: juantanamera

              A Margarita in Mexico definitely tastes different than one here. They're usually not slurpees and, you're right, they are considerably less sweet. Oh, that's right...they use real lime juice in them in Mexico, not sweet and sour mix.

              I generally don't like sweet cocktails at all but some of the maggie variations with fruit really are pretty good. I served an excellent Guava/Chile Margarita for Thanksgiving last year. Packed a kick in more ways than one, definitely not sweet :-D

              But this isn't helping the OP find the best margarita in SD. I think the trick is actually to find a good bartender or at least one willing to make the drink with lime juice and not pre-mixed sweet and sour.

              1. re: DiningDiva

                Easiest recipe is from Border Grill - 1 part lemon juice (or Mexican limes but not California limes), 2 parts Cointreau, 4 parts tequila.

                1. re: eatemup

                  Mine standard recipe is probably 25 years old and I don't remember exactly where I go it. 2 parts tequila, 1 part lime juice (Mexican/key limes) .50 part Cointreau/Controy/Triple Sec and simple syrup to taste depending upon how tart the limes are. Over the years I've increased the orange component to .75 part and on occasion 1 full part depending upon which one I'm using. This is a very strong, killer maggie :-) best served over rocks, not blended.

                  1. re: DiningDiva

                    astonishingly close to my recipe, 2-1-1/2, except I'll often up the tequila to 3 parts if I'm using very good tequila, and I don't use the simple syrup.

                    For those that don't like the baja style maggie, I was taught a good recipe from the bartenders at Olives in the Bellagio, who make a fine margarita (and you can ask for it at the tables!) Make your own sours mix with simple syrup and lemon juice. 2 parts tequila, one part home made sours, a squeeze of lime, dash of orange juice, and dash of Cointreau or other orange liqueur. Still turns out to be half tequila, but doesn't taste as strong.

                    1. re: rotie77

                      One evening several years ago, my wife and I drank a lot of margaritas while experimenting with different balances of tequila / lime / orange. Such happy memories.

                      Our favorite was
                      3 parts tequila
                      2 parts lime juice (preferable mexican limes)
                      1 part Cointreau , triple sec, or other sweet orange liquer

                      Definitely on the rocks, with salt. This is San Diego not Fort Lauderdale!

                2. re: DiningDiva

                  Indigo Grill makes a chili margarita that packs a nice kick too.

                  1. re: DougOLis

                    It is very good,it is both hot and cold at the same time. It is worth a try once.

                    1. re: DougOLis

                      If you're referring to the Fire & Ice, it's awesome! Love how it goes down icy hot...the more you drink, the more you drink.