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Apparently, Friday, Feb. 22 is National Margarita Day which is enough of a reason for me to treat myself to a salty-rimmed libation after what will be, most likely, a long week.
So the only question left is where to celebrate this thirst quenching, potentially dangerous non-holiday. In this year's Best Of contest, readers picked La Fuente, and although I enjoy dining there occasionally, it would not be my personal choice as a go-to spot simply for margaritas.
Here are a few places that I think mix a mean margarita and, as always, feel free to add your favorite via the Talkback feature.
COA. These made-from-scratch margaritas are absolutely delicious and not too sweet which is key for me. I am not a mall person, but I will make a stop at Bayshore just to have one. (And to buy a few things at Trader Joe's, like edamame and cheap wine, for example.)
Conejito's. Perhaps the most controversial margarita in the city. People seem to love 'em or hate 'em. I usually get extra salt on the rim to combat the lemonadey flavor, but I really like the taste, the size (small-ish) and the cost. (Cheapest in town.) I've had so many of these over the years they are now one of my comfort drinks. Wait, do I really have comfort drinks? Uh-oh.
Riviera Maya. Although I prefer the classic lime margarita the most, Riviera Maya has a great selection of handcrafted margaritas. Especially if you plan to drink only one, as I usually do (tequila makes me bossy and mean), this is a great place to really feel like you're treating yourself with a tamarindo – made with tamarind, tequila, triple sec, lemonade and a chili-salted rim – or an X-rated, featuring tequila, grapefruit juice and vodka.
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.