Report Card: Las Margaritas

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www.lasmargaritascolumbus.com/locations/westerville/

 

Overall Grade B+

The Breakdown:

Atmosphere:  Grade B-:  Katina and I have been to Las Margaritas numerous times, and we feel kind of bad that this visit is the one we decided to review.  The restaurant was very noisy, but they were by far busier than I had ever previously seen them.  I think the staff was a little overwhelmed.  The restaurant does not attempt to come across as upscale.  The décor is modest and Mexican themed (think loud colors and lots of terra cotta looking things sprinkled about).  Usually, the restaurant is fairly quiet, but on this occasion, it was a madhouse.  Which is a good thing, since the uptick in business should mean they’ll be around for a while.

High marks:  Clean with simple but appropriate décor

Low marks:  Noisy (congratulations guys)

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Service:  Grade C:  Normally, the service at Las Margaritas is pretty good.  However, as previously mentioned, they were abnormally busy on our last visit.  We were seated, and our server sent an associate over to take our drink order (margaritas, as you would expect, are a specialty here).  Evidently, the associate was kidnapped somewhere between our table and the bar, because he was not seen or heard from again.  Eventually, our server came over and took our drink order again.  After that little bump in the road, our service got back on track for the most part.  Food came out promptly, and our server made sure we had plenty of water (and margaritas) to keep us satisfied.

High marks:  Food arrived quickly, attentive server

Low marks:  Long delay in getting first round of drinks

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Food/Spirits:  Grade A:  One thing that didn’t suffer from the increase patronage was the food.  Las Margaritas has some of the best authentic Mexican food around, and their margaritas are second only to Cantina Laredo.   Katina and I both favor the Baja Rita, which is normally delicious, but was served on the rocks instead of frozen as it is supposed to be served.  So, the Baja Rita was not as good as it usually is, but it was still better than most margaritas.  Katina ordered the Chicken Fajitas.   She described them as having a well balanced veggie to meat ratio.  She also found them to be well seasoned and flavorful.  She said the chicken was well prepared and the tortillas were nice and soft.  Her only criticism was that with the generous amount of chicken and veggies, she could have used at least one more tortilla (the dish comes with 3).  I ordered a dish called La Oaxaquena – a heavenly combination of steak strips, poblano peppers, and cheese.  Sounds good, right.  What kicks this dish beyond good and into the awesomesphere is the bacon and ham that also comes with it.  The La Oaxaquena also came with tortillas, and I felt that an additional tortilla would have sealed this dish’s perfection.  Otherwise, the steak was tender and juicy, the ham and bacon gave just the right saltiness, and the peppers gave the dish just the right kick.  Yum!

High marks:  Well prepared, delicious entrées

Low marks:  Needed additional tortillas

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Value:  Grade A-:  The portion size for all the dished as Las Margaritas that we’ve samples so far falls on the generous side.  Price is lower than you’d expect for food of this quality.  Las Margaritas is a testament to not letting a first impression turn you away.  We might have turned around and walked out if we had not been to Las Margaritas before due to the craziness, but we would have missed out on one awesome meal.

High marks:  Generous portion size, low prices

Low marks:  none

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