If I was the partying type I could imagine grabbing something to eat at Margarita’s after a hard night of clubbing. But I’m not so I felt somewhat out of place. Plus it closes at 10 pm. Plenty of character could be seen as soon as I walked through the doors. There is vibrantly painted artwork hanging throughout the restaurant and a lesson in history courtesy of a display of remnants from the flood of 1951.
Seeing cheeseburgers, chicken fingers, and fries on the menu threw me for a loop. Aptly placed under the “North of the Border” section, it’s clear that Margarita’s is trying to cater to everyone. That includes Gringos who just can’t go without their beef patties and chicken strips. Put me in that group too because the only thing I found appetizing were the Gringo Tacos. Three tacos with my choice of meats (chicken, shrimp, tilapia) served with beans and rice. Dry blandly seasoned shredded chicken filled the first taco. No bueno. The shrimp were far better with a plump and firm texture. Preparing seafood has to be the strong suit in the kitchen. The tilapia was equally well done. The flaky fish tasted savory with a hint of sweetness. My mom ordered the Seafood Enchilada. The rich creamy sauce was full of good flavor.
Since we came in close to closing time the restaurant may have been short staffed. I can think of no other reason for the poor service. Our server, Miguel, was barely attentive to the table. Before we finished the staff were putting up chairs and cleaning floors around us. A hint for us to leave? Possibly. Would I be in a hurry to eat there again? No.