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Best Margarita Orange County 2011 - Taco Rosa

Taco Rosa

Taco Rosa

13792 Jamboree Road

Irvine, CA 92602

714-505-6080

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Readers' Choice: El Matador

Forget El Cholo, Javier's, El Torito, Acapulco's and the rest of the chains with their cheesy Cadillac margaritas featuring irritating salt crystals on the rim. There are nine different margaritas to choose from at Taco Rosa, everything from the "De Jamaica," which isn't ganja- or rum-based, as the Caribbean-sounding name might suggest, but rather contains, you know, jamaica (hibiscus flower) to the mojito-ish "La Cubana," which combines silver tequila, crushed mint, orange liquer and the restaurant's sour and agave nectar. Also worth trying is the "La Flaquita": organic tequila with sliced limes and just a hint of agave nectar. Best of all, however, is the brilliant (in terms of sheer audacity, if nothing else) "jarra de margarita," which is simply a margarita of your choice served in a 64-ounce hand-blown pitcher. At $50, though, you might want to share this one with a few friends.

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