When GLOBers say Las Margaritas I think parking. So many cars, so few spaces. That said they do make an excellent Mexican Lunch. Looking at the menu, I spied Chicken Palapa, which is creamed poblano peppers, onions, tomatoes, cheese . . . CARUMBA! How could I resist? This dish is becoming the GLOB Master's favorite mexcian lunch. Chicken Palapa is a chicken breast sauteed with onions, poblano pepper, mushrooms, tomatoes, and red wine, topped with cheese, and served with Mexican rice and refried beans. It was delicious. My Lunch partner Blu Dove designs Lisa Renshaw went the ala carte route and chose an enchilada minus refried beans and rice. It looked very tasty . . . all by itself. That menu selection is reason enough explain why the web designing super star weighs much less than the GLOB Master.
- Mike Sanford
Mexican lunch turns into festive flavor festival
By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor
Being a serious Mexican food lover, I was excited when Las Margaritas moved into a new building and new location just off the corner of NW 43rd St. and NW 39th Ave. Great I thought to myself, no more parking issues. I don't know how to say no parking in spanish but I intrepret the Las Margaritas parking lot as a nightmare.
With two roomy dining rooms, my friend, White Apron Catering Queen Jules Gollner, and I were quickly seated in one of the comfortably sized booths lining the walls of the main dining room. The other dining area, where the bar is located, also has ample room for lunchouters and their conversations.
Jules was taking in the new Mexican dĂ©cor and design around us with the keen professional eye of a food business colleague.
One of the first things Jules noted was the exterior patio seating on the east side of Las Margaritas. Jules likes to take her long-time four-legged pal Rusty out to dine at times, and she quickly discovered LM's spacious, completely covered patio is just what the doggy ordered.
Back inside. The dining room is nicely lit and has a two-story-high ceiling. The spacious room provides ample distance between tables for personal conversation to remain personal.
The tables and other furniture in Las Margaritas were shipped from Mexico just like the furniture in LM's sister restaurant, NW Gainesville's Mexico Lindo. The bright colors create a festive and are an excellent complement to a spectacular fountain in the center of the dining room.
While the building was new, the chips and salsa were very familiar. Shortly after we were seated, our server brought a generous serving of corn chips and salsa to these two hungry lunchouters. It was the usual crispy abundant tortillas and decanters of jalapeno peppers, onions, and chunks of juicy tomato. The perfectly seasoned salsa is an excellent way to kick start a southwest appetite.
Jules ordered LM's #1 lunch special: A hard shell taco, a chile relleno, refried beans, and a guacomole salad.
Although I felt like I was abandoning my best friend by ignoring the taco and relleno combo, I broke my Mexican lunch tradition and ordered the Chicken Palapas. It was very good: Chicken breast topped with onions, poblano peppers, mushrooms, and red wine sauce and cheese accompanied with refried black beans and Mexican rice. The hot peppers and onions combined with the red wine sauce to create a spectacular complement to the mild white chicken filet. The GLOB Master eagerly suggests that you give this lunch entrĂ©e a try.
Congratulation to LM for upgrading this long-time lunchtime favorite into a unique and festive Central American lunch experience. The food is still some of the best Mexican cuisine in the GLOB in my opinion.
Las Margaritas has always been a friendly yet efficient lunch stop. Now, the restaurant itself is more spacious and stimulating. The new surroundings easily move this GLOB lunch favorite closer to the top of the frequent eater food list.
The Pluses and Minuses of Las Margaritas:
Las Margaritas + indicators: Excellent Mexican cuisine. Festive lunch time environment. Superb patio dining opportunity
Las Margaritas - indicators: Las Margaritas popularity still makes their parking area busy and something to consider.
- Phone Number: 374-6699
- Address: 4420 NW 39th Ave., Gaineville, FL
- Urban GLOB Location: NW 39th Avenue
- Web Site: Las Margaritas
- Latitude: 29.688422
- Longitude: -82.390117
Gatorlady Monday, 06 February 2012 10:12 Comment Link
Didn't expect to have to valet park and felt needing to tip. Went on Wednesday, enjoyed the music but felt need to tip since it says it on their quitar "tips". Specially when they stand around your table for 2 songs singing. The entree was great but side order of rice and beans was far too skimpy for paying for a side order. i HAVE EATEN THERE 3 TIMES, side order is always very skimpy. At a Mexican restaurant, rice and refried beans should be a given and cost very little to serve. My husband prefers La Fiesta, better servings.
Karen Friday, 19 August 2011 10:49 Comment Link
Went to the new building for dinner on a Thursday evening. It was a 50 minute wait for a table. I think their food is terrific and I'm glad they're successful at the new location. But, we left and went to 706.
Just back from lunch at the new Las Margarita's. It was o.k. The parking lot is too small for all the traffic I expect they will get. Spots are very narrow.
Some beautiful landscaping outside, with a tile floor leading you into the small foyer. I like the patio for outside dining on the East side. Anywhere I can bring my small dog for lunch or dinner is a plus for me.
I see a real bottleneck in here as this is the entrance/exit for the restaurant. our party of two was seated quickly in a large booth. Fast & friendly service with drinks & chips to follow while we perused the large menu.
the chips are thicker than I like, but still good. The guacamole we ordered $3.99 was poor at best. even after adding hot sauce to the overly smooth green dip we did not finish it.
should have ordered the table side preparation for $7.99.
I ordered the #1 lunch option, with
Beef Taco, Chili Rellenos, and beans. a nice side plate of lettuce, tomatos, and grated cheese came with it. Along with a dollop of the pablum guac.
The taco and chili rellenos was passable. I thought the taco shell was a little stale, but plenty of filling was tucked inside.
The rellenos had a good taste; nothing was overly seasoned. or really seasoned at all, Drink service and the check came promptly.
I will try it again and sit outside.
I'm sure they will do a great business in this location, but I prefer La Fiesta overall.
Lulu Monday, 15 August 2011 17:01 Comment Link
I wish I could have lunched there, parking was a nightmare and after 3 tries, left.
Lisa Monday, 27 June 2011 12:04 Comment Link
Can't wait for the new building to be open... did you know that they are building on the corner of 39th and 43rd??