Best Margaritas in SF
Pop 5: Best Margaritas in SF
For this week's Pop 5, we asked you all for the best margaritas in SF. While burritos may be San Francisco's claim to fame, the tequila-based Mexican favorite also holds its own across the city. So in honor of Cinco De Mayo, I bring you the five margaritas we've found truly stand out. Thanks for the suggestions, and tune in tomorrow for the next Pop 5 listmaking.
- Tacolicious (2031 Chestnut St., 415-346-1966) With more than 50 tequilas (including a few mezcals), this Marina hot spot makes freshly squeezed margaritas to order, ranging from the classic margarita de la casa, with el Jimador tequila, fresh lime, and orange liqueur, to the sweet margarita fresca, with Herradura Blanco, citrus, blood orange, and agave, to the spicy margarita picante, with el Jimador tequila and red pepper chili vinegar. You can't go wrong here, no matter how (un)adventurous you are.
- Tropisueño (75 Yerba Buena Lane, 415-243-0299) This downtown destination has an array of specialty el Jimador margaritas to suit every taste. The house margarita, made with agave nectar and an arbol chili salt rim, is a no-fail staple; the Violeta, made with violet liqueur and vanilla salt, is a rare, refreshing choice; and the namesake Tropisueño, with Canton ginger liqueur and rose-infused sugar and salt, offers a keen balance of comfort and kick.
- Cantina (580 Sutter St., 415-398-0195) With an extensive catalog of artisanal cocktails to choose from, a margarita may not be your top choice here, but rest assured, the five-spice margarita, made with el Jimador Tequila Blanco, Qi White Tea Liqueur, lime, and five-spice infused agave nectar, will knock your sombrero off. I've also heard the jerez margarita, made with Pueblo Viejo reposado tequila, Grand Marnier, fresh lime, agave nectar, Savory & James Amontillado Sherry, is a crowd-pleaser.
- Mamacita (2317 Chestnut Street, 415-346-8494) The no-fuss la original margarita, made with Herradura Silver, agave nectar, and fresh lime, is a first-class standby and your best bet if you're ordering by the pitcher, but The Hank Moody, named for David Duchovny's unorthodox character in Californication, made with Casa Noble tequila, muddled mango and pineapple with cherry, agave, lime, and a brown sugar rim, is also a sexy option.
- Tortilla Heights (1750 Divisadero St., 415-346-4531) If fruit is what you fancy, you've got lots to choose from here with mango, strawberry, and pomegranate flavors, but the Pac Heights restaurant's classic margarita, made with 100 percent blue agave tequila, organic agave nectar, and fresh lime, will do you no wrong. I'm also partial to the top shelf margarita, made with Partida Blanco Tequila, Partida 100 percent organic agave nectar, and fresh-squeezed lime, but you know, I have simple tastes.