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Marvelous Mexican: Margaritas Mexican Grill

Authentic, home-cooked food made with affection and taste

Posted: May 14, 2009 12:28 p.m.
Updated: May 15, 2009 6:06 a.m.

The lunch buffet at Margaritas Mexican Grill offers more possible combination plates than the average person can imagine. Above, salad, rice, chicken and enchiladas share space on the plate.

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I like authentic Mexican food, the type of food you find in downtown Los Angeles, or East L.A. When I worked downtown I ate at a lot of interesting places, among them were many excellent Mexican restaurants.

Margaritas, tucked away in a small strip center just off Valencia Boulevard and down the road from K-Mart, is the real deal.

Owners Maria and Jose Acevedo have been giving their customers a taste of homemade Mexican cooking for the past six years.
"We have been here for six years, great years - thank you to all our customers in the Santa Clarita Valley," Maria Acevedo said.

Maria Acevedo said she is from Baja, her mother is from Guadalajara and her father and her husband are both from Colima.
"So we kind of mixed it up," she said. "Then I created my own flavors, with my own ingredients."

Whatever Maria Acevedo did, she did right. This is a family-owned restaurant with an old-fashioned, family feeling. The staff makes guests feel welcome the moment they enter the small, clean, festively decorated restaurant. I like to support the "mom and pop" restaurants rather than the impersonal chains.

I also adore a good Arroz con Pollo (chunks of marinated chicken breast served over a bed of Spanish rice and topped with melted cheese, tomatoes and sour cream.) It's been a long time since I've had Arroz con Pollo as good as the one they serve at Margaritas ($12.75.)

For lunch Margaritas offers a great lunch buffet bargain at $8.95. The buffet offers a salad bar, tortillas, beans, rice, vegetables, sweet corn cakes, fajitas, enchiladas, mini chimis, chili verde, stewed chicken, albondigas soup and other tempting tastes.

Margaritas also offers an all-day Happy Hour on Wednesdays, Saturday Breakfast specials and a Sunday champagne brunch.
The five-page menu gives you too many good choices, appetizers, soups, salads, specialities, enchiladas, quesadillas, burritos, traditional fare, combinations and dinner specials.

There's too much good food at Margaritas not to return time and time again. I can't wait to try the Mole Poblano (tender pieces of chicken in mole sauce from Puebla, Mexico and served with fresh sauted vegetables, rice, roasted almonds and tortillas ($13.95).
You can't substitute love in cooking and it is obvious that Margaritas has a great affection for food.



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