Favorite Margaritas: What's Your Choice in Mid-County?

What do you recommend when friends ask for your favorite place for a margarita?

With Cinco de Mayo just around the corner, we thought it would be a good time to talk about margaritas, those sweet and sour concoctions that, as Jimmy Buffett is fond of saying, helps us hang on.

This week, we're interested in your favorite Mid-County spot for a margarita. Every week on Mid-County Food Fight, we're looking the best places to dine and drink.

Please give your recommendations for places in our Mid-County Patches: Clayton-Richmond HeightsKirkwoodLadue-FrontenacMaplewood-BrentwoodUniversity City and Webster Groves

Here's how Food Fight works:

  • Today, we ask for your nominations.
  • We invite you to post your nominations in the comments below.
  • We hope you'll also spread the word about this every week to your friends on Facebook or Twitter and get them involved. 
  • Submit comments until noon Friday.


  • We'll take the top nominees and post an article the next Monday.
  • That article will include a poll highlighting the top nominees.
  • You vote till noon the following Friday.
  • On Saturday, we announce the winner.

So where's your favorite spot for margarita in Mid-County?

So show your hometown pride and pick a place near you. Boast about that small family restaurant or other great eatery in your neighborhood.

And, if you are pulling for a certain restaurant, share this column on your personal Facebook page and Twitter feed and ask your followers to vote.

This column is all about you—your ideas, your feedback and your voice—so we hope you will chime in and check back.

Ivana May 03, 2012 at 02:41 PM
if you want a margarita like that, you should try the traditional margarita at Amigo's in Kirkwood! I don't like tequila but I love theirs!
Ivana May 03, 2012 at 02:41 PM
I agree!! it's amazing!
Ivana May 03, 2012 at 02:50 PM
If you haven't, make a trip to Amgio's Cantina in the heart of Kirkwood! The traditional margarita is made with Hornitos tequila, Cointreau and a secret mix of agave nectar and such. That is what a REAL margarita is supposed to taste like. Most people are so used to having triple sec and simple syrup or sour mix in their margaritas, but after you try this one you will never go back to that stuff. Each traditional margarita is hand shaken and always on the rocks. Do yourself a favor and try it sometime :)
Sara S. May 04, 2012 at 03:21 AM
I 100% agree with Bart, but I also agree with David. Hacienda should be at the bottom of everyone's list. The margs there are cheap and made in mass quantities -- which is evident in the taste. Let's be honest, the real draw of Hacienda for most people is the large patio... That being said, the best margarita in Mid-County used to be served by the now-defunct Tejas restaurant in Clayton. I waited tables there briefly back in '04 after college when I first moved to St. Louis and was still looking for a "real" job. Tejas has since been replaced by Oceano Bistro, which is unfortunate if only for the amazing margaritas they used to serve. The margaritas there were about as fresh as you can get. They consisted of only lime juice (freshly squeezed daily...I watched the bartenders do this), tequila, and a house-made simple syrup. They also had other really cool flavors like coconut and prickly pear. Nowadays, "the best margarita" is no longer in Mid-County but can instead be found at a tiny little dive off of Kingshighway in South City called Lily's. The margaritas are even better than Tejas. I would highly recommend checking it out this summer.
john rodriguez May 08, 2012 at 03:09 PM
No restaurant is ever going to satisfy everyone's tastes and we're no exception. We have plenty of authentic menu items like our barbocoa, chile rellenos, pozole, ceviche, tamales, etc. that are all made with traditional family recipes. While our margaritas may not TASTE strong I assure you they are not watered down, almost half of the recipe is liquor. Our family has taken a lot of pride over the years in being one of the first restaurants to introduce Mexican food, drinks and culture to the St. Louis area and I hardly think that accusing us of "bastardizing" it is fair.


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