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Best Pace In Boston For Margaritas?

Tuesday 02/22 is National Margarita Day...where is the best place in the Boston area to get one?!

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  1. Difficult to say, because there are so many ways to go wrong. If a place isn't besmirching the good name of the margarita with blenders and sour mix, it's mistakenly thinking it's going upscale by using Cointreau or Grand Marnier in place of a simple triple sec, thereby throwing off the flavor profile by making it too orange-forward.

    Best to just buy a bottle of decent tequila (Herradura blanco) and triple sec (Luxardo Triplum) and a bag of fresh limes and do it yourself in a 2:1:1 ratio, shaken with ice and served up, salt optional.

    1. I really liked La Verdad's margaritas. They throw agave nectar into the mix, and they have a ton of tequila choices. Homemade ones are the best, though, and so easy to make (per Jenny).

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      La Verdad
      1 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02215

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      1. re: nsenada

        Thanks - never too early to start thinking tropical with a Margarita. Though Jenny may be right about mixing my own, I want to go out and celebrate somewhere so keep the suggestions coming!

      2. I think Masa has a pretty decent Rita. They also have a very good sipping tequila list if you are into that. Just skip the Sangria...it's watered down and kind of gross.

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        Masa
        439 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

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        1. re: Roseto33

          Oh yeah - and I love the drink they have with a jalapeƱo in it.

          1. re: nsenada

            And one with watermelon and habanero. Typicall, I'm a margarita purist, but that habenero infused tequila at Masa has a really addictive kick.

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            Masa
            439 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

        2. I've put Masa and La Verdad on my list. I've also found the following other suggestions - any thoughts or ones I've missed?
          -Salsa's in Southie
          -Papagayo in the Seaport district
          -Rudy's in Somerville
          -Casa Romero in the Back Bay
          -Cactus Club in the Back Bay
          -Border Cafe in Harvard Square

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          La Verdad
          1 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02215

          Masa
          439 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

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          1. re: thebumbles

            Border Cafe's margaritas are like their food: enjoyable enough when you're in the mood for mediocrity, but not what anyone would actually call good.

            I have moderately high hopes for Japapenos in Allston in the realm of adequate Tex-Mex-style comfort food, but I note that all their margarrita descriptions include the phrase "our homemade sour mix," which leaves me dubious on the drinks. How hard is it to make one of the damn busboys squeeze some limes, people?

            1. re: Jenny Ondioline

              So there's no place in town that meets your Margarita criteria?

              1. re: thebumbles

                You could probably get a decent margarita at Deep Ellum: they have actual limes there, and you could probably specify which tequila and triple sec you want. But overall, no, I am a margarita purist, I have very specific ideas about what I do and do not want, and the majority of places around here don't measure up.

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                Deep Ellum Bar
                477 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134

                1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                  My best guess where to get a good margarita would be the usual top bartending haunts: Eastern Standard, Green Street, Rendezvous, Craigie, Clio.

                  I can't think of any Mexican restaurants I have been to around here that make exceptional margaritas.

                  I typically like to make my own as well. I love Luxardo Triplum, but don't think it is less "orange-forward" than Cointreau. I like to use reposado tequilas, my favorites to date have been Don Julio and Sauza Hornitos, although I hear that Milagro, El Tesoro, and Partida are also very good.

            2. re: thebumbles

              Rudy's has a wide spectrum of tequila-orange liqueur-juice combinations on their menu. The ones I've had there were pretty decent (although I'm not a big fan of drinks served on the rocks, but I think I could have ordered them up).

              And decent craft cocktail place (Eastern Standard, Green Street, Drink) will make you a proper one to your liking.

              1. re: yarm

                I recently had a margarita at Green Street and it was fantastic.

              2. re: thebumbles

                Papagayo's margs are not good. Strong though.

                I'm no aficionado, but the last one I really enjoyed was at East Coast Grill.

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                East Coast Grill and Raw Bar
                1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

                Papagayo
                283 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210

              3. Deep Ellum makes a great margarita!

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                Deep Ellum Bar
                477 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134

                1. Green Street makes a great one, as does the Independent. Cantina la Mexicana as well.