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Margaritas get a holiday

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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.


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