It’s possible that Jimmy Bufffet had some other beachside escape in mind when he penned his most famous song but, I’d bet you’ll agree the inescapable summertime anthem is perfectly captured in frosty, refreshing tequila treats on menus at restaurants throughout the city. In fact, with our close connection to Mexico and year-round margarita-ready weather, you might just find your lost shaker of salt in San Diego.
Start the search in Old Town, San Diego’s historic neighborhood that calls to mind bygone days when the region was actually part of Mexico. At Cafe Coyote margarita options number in the dozens with flavors ranging from the classic lime to prickly pear, pomegranate and pineapple chipotle.
Want to learn more about tequila, the spirt that makes margaritas tick? Then drop by on Thursday or Friday evenings when Cafe Coyote’s resident Tequila Ambassador is on hand to answer all your agave questions.
Head up the street to El Agave where you’ll find San Diego’s largest collection of tequilas numbering at more than 2,000 different varieties. This tequila museum includes many fine varieties that are suitable for sipping but they also make a mean margarita. Try one with their house blend tequila for an authentically San Diego ‘rita.
Downtown, check out El Vitral where there are over 250 types of tequila behind the bar. Order a margarita with a modern twist and spicy syrups flavored with chipotle or black pepper. Or, splurge on the $300 El Chilango which features ultra-high end spirits like Clase Azul Ultra, Grand Marnier 150, Del Maguey tobola mezcal and palo cortado viejo sherry blended with fresh lime juice.
Scope out the Little Italy and South Park locations of El Camino Super Cocina where the Day of the Dead-inspired decor and kicky cowboy-boot shaped glasses are reminders that you don’t have to be so serious. After all, it’s a margarita and meant to be fun!