Good Mexican with Great Margaritas
Everytime my wife is stressed out from work (which unfortunately happens quite often lately) she craves Mexican food with a LARGE Margarita (or two ;-) ). The closer to the Grove, the better, but I don't mind driving her. Would love a great recommendation to surprise her the next time it kicks in! Oh, and we don't eat meat but love seafood.
re: LA Buckeye Fan
The trick at Gilbert's is to order the cadillac margarita. Way better than their house margaritas, I think. If you don't eat meat, Fernando's burrito (a chile relleno burrito) is awesome.
Also in that neighborhood is Lares: very good margaritas and they definitely have seafood options.
You can get a pitcher of kick-ass margarita from Marix on SM blvd in Weho. it's tex mex but the margaritas are good there.
'americanized', but fun if that's what you are going for:
El Compadres- Across form the Guitar Center on Sunset. Good atmosphere, live music some nights, flaming margaritas.
El Carmen a couple of doors down from A.O.C. on 3rd. Smaller, dark, limited menu but tasty, outstanding selection of tequila. Decor is Lucha Libre. (Was also featured in the opening of one of the Charlie's Angels movies)
El Carmen Restaurant
8138 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Loteria Grill on Hollywood a couple of blocks east of Highland. Great margaritas and a vast selection of premium tequila; excellent Mexican food (love their taco sampler). They have a branch @ Farmer's Market, but no margaritas there.