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Best Margaritas and Tex-Mex?

fraisefatale Jul 25, 2011 09:42 AM

Looking for Tex-Mex (with full bar) suggestions...got one?

Thanks, hounds! :-)

  1. SnackHappy Jul 25, 2011 11:00 AM

    There are only two serious Tex-Mex restaurants in Montreal – Icehouse and Jolifou. Jolifou is more Tex than Mex, but they make a pretty good margarita.



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    1. re: SnackHappy
      fraisefatale Jul 25, 2011 03:01 PM

      Thanks! I've been to Icehouse (not a fan), but I haven't heard of Jolifou! I'll give it a shot. :-)

      1. re: SnackHappy
        Maximilien Jul 25, 2011 03:15 PM

        Wow, jolifou really changed style!!

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        EaterBob Jul 25, 2011 04:28 PM

        El Meson in Lachine.

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        1. re: EaterBob
          morebubbles Jul 26, 2011 05:50 AM

          What's good in El Meson, EaterBob? I've often been tempted to stop in.

          1. re: morebubbles
            EaterBob Jul 28, 2011 11:27 AM

            The Terrace. Despite Maisonbistro's recent experience, I would go back in a heartbeat. The food is good - nothing earth shattering, mind you - and the drinks are tasty, but really to my mind the only reason you need to go to El Meson is the terrace.

          2. re: EaterBob
            maisonbistro Jul 26, 2011 08:50 AM

            I was just at El Meson on Saturday night and had a terrible experience. I've been there before and enjoyed it- but this time, the service was horrendous and the margaritas were weak. The food though was still good- I had the chicken breast with mole sauce- the chicken was a tad dry but I love their mole.

            Unfortunately service has a huge impact for me on a meal, and I won't be going back any time soon.

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            unlaced Jul 26, 2011 09:02 AM

            The best margartia I've had in Montreal, to my taste, was a Cafe Locale, in Mile End, but it is not a Tex Mex place.

            What did you not like about Icehouse - that might help us steer you...

            Have you tried Taqueria Mex on St Laurent? I find the food there very fresh and well prepared, though it might be more casual than you were looking for.

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            1. re: unlaced
              Shattered Jul 28, 2011 09:30 PM

              I've heard great things from a number of people about Taqueria, including from Mexicans. So it must be good!

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              montrealwaitress Jul 26, 2011 09:04 AM

              what about Maria Bonita on Casgrain? Is it still open?

              Maria Bonita
              5269 Av Casgrain, Montreal, QC H2T1X1, CA

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              1. re: montrealwaitress
                OliverB Jul 26, 2011 10:04 AM

                Maria Bonita is Mexican all the way, nothing tex-mex about it. Not sure they serve margaritas either.

                1. re: OliverB
                  estilker Jul 26, 2011 11:32 AM

                  They do have margaritas. Lime/mango/strawberry I believe, but not 100% sure about the last one.

                  1. re: estilker
                    SnackHappy Jul 26, 2011 11:43 AM

                    Lime, strawberry, mango and tamarind. The tamarind one is really worth a try. It's darn tasty.

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                      humbert Jul 26, 2011 12:32 PM

                      For an authentic Mexican meal Maria Bonita is a great idea! Their drinks are excellent too.

                      Maria Bonita
                      5269 Av Casgrain, Montreal, QC H2T1X1, CA

                2. re: montrealwaitress
                  cherylmtl Jul 26, 2011 05:09 PM

                  Every single time I have tried to go to Maria Bonita, they have been closed...I have pretty much given up ever trying it...we were there last Friday, and it was deserted. Do they have regular hours, because it seems like the ones posted on the door are completely irrelevant.

                  Maria Bonita
                  5269 Av Casgrain, Montreal, QC H2T1X1, CA

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