Best Margarita Orange County 2013 - La Palapa Del Mar
4020 E. Olympic Plaza
Long Beach, CA 90803
If you're going to drink margaritas, you'd better be next to the beach—the cocktail first became popular for Americans in the resorts of Rosarito, of course. And while La Palapa Del Mar ain't in Baja, the view from its seats is pretty damn close. Its original $5 margarita (titled simply "The Margarita") is made with tequila, triple sec and fresh lime juice—that's it. Though you can opt for a fancier version made with pisco, we find that when it comes to margaritas, the fewer ingredients the better. And no salt, please—that's what the ocean air is for.