La Margarita, a Mexican grill in downtown Salem, has long been regarded as one of the best spots for Mexican Food in town. I've eaten here only once before, and it was due to a series of missteps and mistakes. My extended family had decided to eat out one evening and we took two cars. To make a long story short, there was a miscommunication. One car ended up at Los Arcos and the other went to La Margarita. Remembering, despite the error, that I enjoyed the meal, I decided it would be a good place to get my Mexican food fix I'd been craving.
Sunday evening my husband and I ate out at the colorful restaurant on Ferry St. The place was not busy, but not empty either. After our order was taken, hot chips, a pico de gallo and salsa were brought to our table. The pico de gallo was yummy! As were the fresh chips.
While we waited for our food, we read a flyer that was placed under the glass at our table. The flyer described some cooking classes and a tequila tasting hosted by the restaurant. If I didn't work a latenight shift I'd love to take one of the cooking classes. I took a picture of the flyer, but I'm not sure it came out perfectly so if you want more info send an email to La Magarita at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit their website for basic contact info for the classes www.lamargaritasalem.com.
After a short wait our food came out. I had ordered their signature dish, Enchiladas Suizas, which is one of the offerings for the cooking classes in March. The enchilada was yummy. It was chicken with a cream sauce in a handmade corn tortilla. The black beans were salty and not what I ordered. I had asked for the pinto beans. But not wanting to be a pain, I ate them anyway. The rice was some of the best Mexican rice I've had. It was not greasy at all, but light and fluffy and full of flavor. My lemonade was fresh and delicious. My husband ordered the Boyd Burrito. Unfortunately it was the wrong choice for him. The burrito had a red chili sauce all over and it was reminiscent of BBQ sauce, which is not something he likes. He did agree with me that their grilled chicken is very tasty. It's well seasoned and moist, with black grill marks on every bite.
I enjoyed our quiet meal at La Margarita. The food was good and the service ok. It was a Sunday night and I have a feeling she was the only server, so service was a bit slow. I'm not sure about best mexican food in Salem, I have a few more places to try first, but this is a great place with a unique taste. Don't forget to try a cooking class or two for me!
545 Ferry St. SE, Salem, OR