Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Margaritas Mexican Restaurant: From Naked Jalapeño to Fried Ice Cream
I've recently made a couple visits (one as a media guest and the other on my own) to the Margaritas Mexican Restaurant in Medford, at the Station Landing development. The chain was founded in 1986 and they now have 23 locations in New England, including seven in Massachusetts. The owners have made numerous trips to Mexico, for inspiration for their food and drink, as well as to purchase artwork and furniture for their restaurants. The artwork, which is throughout the restaurant, is very cool especially knowing it was all made in Mexico. There are many bright colors as well as some more somber pieces.
It is a large restaurant with a festive vibe, a good-sized bar and plenty of different dining areas. IY would be good for families or co-workers seeking a drink after work. It is also good for a group of friends to dine and chat, or a place for a casual date. The Medford location has plenty of free parking, though you will face lots of traffic in the area around rush hour.
I also got to try The Beehive Paloma, an intriguing drink made with Hornitos Spiced Honey Tequila and Jarritos Grapefruit Soda. It is carbonated like a soda, with vibrant grapefruit and citrus flavors. It wasn't overly sweet, the honey notes just accenting the citrus. An excellent and refreshing summer drink.
Daily Specials with even cheaper items. For example, they have a Happy Hour during the week with $5 Margaritas, $3 Tecate Beer, and appetizers from $1-$5. They also have another special every day, Two For $25, where you can get an Appetizer and two Entrees for only $25.
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Overall, I thought the food I tasted was good and definitely a nice buy for the money. The food seemed fresh, with balanced flavors, and should satisfy. It rises above the perceived stigma of being a chain restaurant and is worth checking out.