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Where's the best margarita in SD?

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salustro Nov 17, 2010 10:49 AM

My friends and I like to shake off Thanksgiving's "too much family time" with some serious margaritas the following day at our annual Day After Thanksgiving party. As a new transplant (from Chicago) I'd love your advice on where to find the best maragritas in town - preferrably Hillcrest/North Park area (great margaritas = no driving allowed). I'm not looking for anything fancy-pants, just a great strong drink made from scratch. Thanks!~

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  1. notjustastomach RE: salustro Nov 17, 2010 11:35 AM

    Easy answer. Cantina Mayhuel on Adams Ave, near 30th.

    1. foodiechick RE: salustro Nov 17, 2010 11:45 AM

      Cantina Mayahuel on Adams, El Vitral next to Petco. Both establishments carry a serious variety of tequila/mezcal. Better ingredients = better Margaritas!

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      Cantina Mayahuel
      2934 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

      El Vitral Restaurant
      815 J Ave, San Diego, CA 92118

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        DiningDiva RE: foodiechick Nov 17, 2010 12:04 PM

        Agree wtih both, tho' at El Vitral the tequila selection is so good it seems a waste of good tequila to put it in a margarita :-) Straight up (good) tequila...mmmm Good

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        El Vitral Restaurant
        815 J Ave, San Diego, CA 92118

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          Beach Chick RE: foodiechick Nov 17, 2010 12:21 PM

          I've gotta hit up Cantina Mayhuel...mole and marg's = happy chicka!

          El Vitral next to Petco..is that across from the Omni?

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          cookieshoes RE: salustro Nov 17, 2010 12:51 PM

          I agree that Cantina Mayahuel is great for margaritas. And the food as well.

          La Puerta downtown is great as well. Fantastic happy hour too, with half off all drinks and the huge tequila list. The food is great too.

          I also like Alchemy in South Park, they make a nice non-traditional margarita.

          For the strongest margarita in town, when quality of tequila and natural lime juice vs margarita mix isn't important, the winner in that category imo would have to be Su Casa restaurant located between La Jolla and PB on La Jolla Blvd. The margaritas are so strong, I once had a friend who affectionately dubbed them "Crackritas". They also do tableside guacamole and the food is standard Cali mexican sitdown food. Very decent all around. Definitely a comfortable casual spot when you're looking for an easy happy hour.

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            salustro RE: cookieshoes Nov 17, 2010 01:40 PM

            These are all great suggestions - I want to try them all right now. I think we'll give Cantina Mayahuel a try (it's in the 'hood). Thanks!

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            Cantina Mayahuel
            2934 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

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            sabotage RE: salustro Nov 23, 2010 02:46 PM

            I like Ortgega's happy hour on University across from Fiesta Cantina (Uni and 2nd, I think), avoid Fiesta's Margs though. Ortega's is def mixed clientele (not all gay) with great street tacos on their HH menu as well.

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