Today is National Margarita Day, thus a fitting occasion to make a bold statement that might make some feel, well, a bit salty.
I’ve tried hundreds of margaritas, and for me, Conejito’s margarita is the best in taste, price and presentation.
I’ll get price out of the way first, because although this is a factor for my preference, it’s not the bottom line. But at $3.50, you cannot find a cheaper margarita in Milwaukee – unless it’s part of a weekly or holiday-related special.
Plus, the price has remained the same for ages – as has the rest of the menu with the exception of the guacamole which tripled recently due to the temporary spike in the price of avocados. (Kinda weird, I admit, that the price of avocados stabilized in grocery stores and just about everywhere else except Conejito’s, but I digress.)
There is exactly one choice for a margarita at Conejito’s – no peach, no tamarind, no blue – just good ol’ "regular" that’s poured from a pre-made jug behind the bar called "Evonne’s Mix."
Conejito's margaritas are slightly more on the sour side than the sweet side, which is one of the aspects I appreciate the most about this cocktail.
The Conejito’s margarita is extremely refreshing which is important because the food – something fans refer to as "Mexican comfort food" – is high in sodium. Thus washing it down with a drink that’s not too sweet or too complex in taste is key. Sure there is also salt on the rim of the drink, but it’s a modest amount. I also find the drink-to-ice ratio delightfully proportionate.
Finally, I love that the Conejito’s margarita doesn’t come in a typical margarita glass with a cactus-shaped stem. My favorite drinks – and apparently bar ware – are the least decadent. Case in point: I also love Steny’s Bloody Mary served in a simple cup and garnished solely with a pickle and an olive. I really don’t care about fancy when it comes to drinking because, quite frankly, I enjoy booze. Olé!
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.