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Jul 29, 2011 06:11 PM

What's the best sit-down mexican with margaritas in SD?

We're visiting from Sf and wondering what's the best sit-down mexican, either old-fashioned or new-fangled, with good margaritas, and preferably good guac, in SD?

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  1. Where are you staying? There are fun places with decent food in the Gaslamp like El Vitral and La Puerta. Fred's and Rockin' Baja Lobster have very average Mexican food with really good margaritas. Hillcrest has Ortega's for Puerto Nuevo style Mexican Food and Baja Betty's for again, average food, but great margaritas.

    El Agave in Old Town has good, upscale Mexican food, but I only drink straight tequila there since they have like 100 different ones. Candelas on Coronado is much the same, upscale Mexican.

    Miguel's in Coronado has a fun atmosphere, great margaritas, but again average food.

    El Zarape in Normal Heights has good food and margaritas.

    The best Mexican food in SD you will find is generally in places with no or limited liquor licenses.

    El Zarape Restaurant
    3201 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA

    Rockin' Baja Lobster
    3890 Twiggs St, San Diego, CA 92110

    Baja Betty's
    1421 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

    La Puerta
    560 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

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

    El Agave
    2304 San Diego Ave Ste B, San Diego, CA 92110

    4 Replies
    1. re: scottca075

      Thanks for the options. We're staying in La Jolla, but have a car and may be touring about a bit. It does seem a tough equation - reasonably priced, tasty food, with good margaritas can be hard to come by.

      1. re: scottca075

        How is Cantina Mayahuel? The trifecta of moles, happy hour, and margaritas sounds very good. (We'd be eating on a Monday or Tuesday night.)

        Cantina Mayahuel
        2934 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

        1. re: leeinsf

          Cantina Mayahuel is a great choice, especially on Mondays when margaritas are $5 and the daily special is three street tacos for $5.

          Cantina Mayahuel
          2934 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

          1. re: leeinsf

            Very good, but more modern style than traditional, a Bobby Flay or Mary Sue Milliken kind of place.

        2. Hacienda de Vega in Escondido
          Tony Jacal's in Solana Beach
          Alfonso's in LJ for marg's and nachos..

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          1. re: Beach Chick

            Krap... Escondido is halfway to Vegas! (practically)