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Friday, February 24, 2012

Atlanta's best margaritas

As a select few dedicated tequila-drinkers may know, this past Wednesday was National Margarita Day. Unfortunately, the holiday coincided with some brutal post-Mardi Gras hangovers and, you know, that whole lent thing.

But it's never too late for margaritas. So let's hear the CL edit staff weigh in on the best places to drink them in Atlanta.

The big winner is Holy Taco . Besha Rodell, Food & Drink editor, Debbie Michaud, Culture editor, and Vené Franco, associate editor, all cited the East Atlanta joint as the best place to knock a couple margaritas back. Vené digs the organic margarita there, while Besha just thinks they serve up the best "goes-good-with-margarita food."

Bobby Feingold, digital associate editor, and Alicia Wages, operations editor, both go to El Azteca for their icy-cold tequila fix...that is, when Alicia's not being a "dirty OTPer" and hitting up El Torero in Duluth off of Pleasant Hill.

Rodney Carmichael, Music editor, goes to F.R.O.G.S in Midtown, where, after two margaritas and a few shrimp tacos, he's "good n' tipsy."

Eric Celeste, editor-in-chief, fancies the La Tradicional margarita at Escorpion—"simple, cheap, and the right ingredients."

Wyatt Williams, events editor, has had a lifelong, intimate relationship with frozen alcoholic beverages. "I grew up in Louisiana, where my mother would buy quart-size, frozen daiquiris from the drive-thru on long commutes. The stiff, frozen margarita machine at Mi Barrio reminds me of the sips I would sneak from her styrofoam cups," he said.

Another popular choice was...Besha's house. For real. Besha replied to my email inquiry with this: "My favorite place is my house, and if Debbie doesn't say my house as well I'm going to be super offended."

A few minutes later, Debbie responded, "Besha's house serves great margaritas."

But don't go there.

As we all know, tequila is not for the faint of heart. So some loafers, like Gwynedd Stuart, staff writer, take their margaritas with a side of Pepto Bismol. And the winner for best chalky pink cocktail goes to...drumroll...the CVS on North Highland Ave.

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