La Margarita Co Restaurant

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 pedro@lamargaritasalem.com. 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

12 comments:

Salem Man said...

Comments are working again!

Pam Hawk said...

Whew! LOL I had been struggling all afternoon with that. (And no, it's not like I was watching for your comment, above. Just great timing.)

Hey, the classes are a great idea. I just wrote up a blog post about them (from a business point of view) and it's scheduled to publish Monday.

A question - La Margarita Express is located across from the bus mall, right? Where on Ferry St is this location? I can't picture it.

Lisa Anne said...

I'm not sure where La Margarita Express is. La Margarita Co Restaurant is very close to the large mural of the 1920's people, close to the Elsinore.

I've taken cooking classes once from Capril and John up in Portland and it was the best experience.

Salem Man said...

The express version of La Margarita is on Chemeketa across from the bus station. Next to Exit Real World.

Do C and J still have that opb show? I use one of their recipes to bbq steak.

KandN said...

Are the two restaurants - La Margarita and La Margarita Express - owned by the same people? I notice they have two separate websites.

Salem Man said...

Someone told me that the owner of La Capitale is the son of the La Margarita owners. He went to culinary school in Portland. Just a rumor.

Anonymous said...

The owner of La Capitale is David Rosales, son of La Margarita owner Pedro Rosales. Pedro used to own both La Margarita locations, but now the Express one is owned by the same people who own Los Dos Hermanos in Keizer (which is why the Salvadorean menu was added. Try the papusas!)

tracylee said...

The people who own Los Dos Hermanos used to work at La Margarita! I remember talking to her when they were planning on opening up their own place.

I may have to stop in at Express, now that they own it. It's easier to get to than Keizer.

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Chuck Bradley said...

Laboring under the false impression that they had a Salvadoran menu, She Who Must Be Obeyed and I tried La Margarita today for lunch. The wait staff is friendly and proficient. The d├ęcor is much as one might expect. Ice water with a wedge of lemon and chips with two kinds of salsa were presented with the menus. Carol had a soft corn tortilla shredded beef taco with black beans and rice. She said the shredded beef was as good as she had had anywhere. I had the chicken quesadilla with refried pinto beans and rice. The quesadilla was served with a generous dollop of sour cream and its twin of guacamole. Having just returned from deer camp where I feasted for two weeks with two of the best campfire chefs ever to grace a grate resulting in a new achievement on my bathroom scales this morning, I left them both, as well as most of my rice and beans on the plate. Oh the pain! The quesadea was exceptional. In Salem Oregon it is only surpassed by the offering at Salvador's Bakery. Although my taste for a Salvadoran dish must wait anxiously for another day, La Margarita acquitted itself with aplomb today.

Amber said...

Chuck, check out La Margarita Express on Chemeketa downtown for the Salvadoran menu. And make sure to try the pupusas.

Chuck Bradley said...

Thank you Amber. I'll do that. BTW I'm with you on author Harlan Coben.