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Las Magaritas

Las Magaritas

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

LasMargSFBeing 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 décor and design around us with the keen professional eye of a food business colleague.

LasMpatioOne 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.

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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.

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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 entrée 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.

Last modified onThursday, 31 January 2019 04:25

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