This restaurant makes some of the best salsa and margaritas in town, its tequila selection is the largest in British Columbia, and its 60-seat patio ... More
This restaurant makes some of the best salsa and margaritas in town, its tequila selection is the largest in British Columbia, and its 60-seat patio is consistently voted one of the city's best. Those are just some of the reasons many diners flock here. It looks like a Mexican cantina: red-tiled floors, white-stuccoed archways and sombreros hanging from the ceiling. And the best part about this place is that all dishes are all prepared fresh daily. Appetizers include ceviche at CAD4.75, while house specialties include a Grilled Salmon Burrito (CAD12.95). No MSG, preservatives, food colouring or additives are added.
I just recently moved to Vancouver from Houston, Texas. I was so worried coming here that we would never find decent mexican food! We actually live on 4th, so after driving by this place a few times we finally went in. It was exactly what I hoped for! I didn't mind the 20 minute wait with the free chips & salsa and yummy margaritas at the bar. The margartias were perfect and so were the chips and salsa. You can always judge a mexican restaurant on it's salsa so I knew the actual meal would be good too. I am disappointed they didn't have chile con queso on the menu though! I had the steak enchilada and loved every bite of it! I hope the experience is just as good when we go back next time!
The atmosphere is great. It's an up beat friendly, well organized place. When we sat down our attentive waiter came by with a smile offering salsa and chips.
The chips and salsa are fantastic. After ordering our drinks and meal, the drinks arrived at the table in about 7 min. I had the Classic Margarita, a perfect concoction of Sauza Silver Tequila mixed with fresh lemon and lime juice with just the right amount of Triple Sec. All the flavors came together complimenting the tequila not over powering it like so many other Margaritas I've had. It came with a good punch as well, again like a good Margaritas should.
Our appetizer came about 10 min after our drinks. I ordered the Ceviche (wow) The fish was fresh flaky and delicious. Next our main course arrived about 15 min after our appetizers. I was hungry so I ordered off the combination list. I ordered the Numero Dos which came with a Chille Relleno, Chicken Enchilada and a soft Beef Taco.along with rice and refried beans. When the plate arrived I realised I ordered more than I needed, oh well thats a good problem. The presentation was great. The chicken was juicy and tender, the beef melted in your mouth.
I plan on returning many more times to try the other dishes.
Nothing shows Vancouver's (or at least 4th Avenue's) ignorance about Mexican food better than the continuing success of this restaurant. If you want a contrived and party oriented atmosphere, with very bland food, this is the spot for you. It's always packed. Not far away, the infinitely better, and far more authentic, Primo's always has tables.
I liked the food but didn't love it. I'm from the south and this is considered tex-mex, not authentic mexican.Their salsa is great though. Their margaritas are too icey and they just don't have the experience with mexican food (like using white cheese, cabbage and fresh spices in their recipes).Their meat is a bit greasy. Their ceviche is basically...well, old.It tasted so left over.They need an immense margarita recipe class and that's about it.Their plates are so huge, (3,000 calories no joke!).Their quesadillas are greasy too. So I give it a 3-star rating.I've had Topanga and it's awesome, but the atmosphere in Las Margaritas is better.So if you're hungry then you know where to go.But having to order doubles of tequilla at Las Marg. gets old!!!!
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