Blue Agave Club
625 Main St.
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Lunch Hours: 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Daily
Dinner Hours: Mon to Thurs – 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Fri to Sat – 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sun – 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
With over 200 different tequilas, it is no surprise that Blue Agave Club in Pleasanton has gained notoriety for its margaritas. Established in 1991, the restaurant offers over 50 different types of margaritas, which are all are made with fresh lime juice, and its special homemade sweet and sour. If you are looking for something a little outside the box, try one of the fruit flavors, which include coconut, mango, peach, raspberry or strawberry. With this many choices, there is sure to be something to suit even the most finicky palate.
1320 65th St.
Emeryville, CA 94608
Hours: Mon, Wed to Fri – 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m., Tues – 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m., Sun – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Chef Lito Saldaña of Cocina Poblana has been making fine Mexican cuisine in the Bay Area for 15 years. During that time, the restaurant has also made waves with its hand-shaken margaritas made with agave nectar, fresh lime juice and 100 percent blue agave tequilas. It offers creative twists on the traditional margarita including the Poblana Margarita (Cabrito blanco, lime juice, agave nectar with salt rim) and the Tamarindo Margarita (tamarind puree, Hornitos reposado, lime juice, agave nectar and a salt rim). Cocina Poblana’s margaritas are a great option for the more adventurous palate.
La Penca Azul
1440 Park St.
Alameda, CA 94501
Hours: Mon to Sun – 7 a.m. to 3 a.m.
La Penca Azul has been a staple in the Alameda community for over 25 years, serving up Mexican food and its now famous margaritas. The restaurant prides itself on using quality ingredients and offers over 300 different types of tequilas that are all 100 percent Blue Agave. It also has its own margarita mix that is made with tree-ripened limes and lemons and sweetened with natural agave nectar. To give the mix an additional burst of flavor and texture it incorporates citrus pulp. Diners can sip on the house margarita or one of the flavored ones, like the strawberry variation, while enjoying the festive atmosphere.
Picante Cocina Mexicana
1328 6th St.
Berkeley, CA 94710
Hours: Mon to Fri – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sat to Sun – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Picante Cocina Mexicana’s margaritas are known for not skimping on the tequila and packing a lot of punch. In 2011, Zagat recognized the restaurant calling out its “killer top shelf margarita.” Picante offers patrons tequila in plata, reposado and anejo varieties of Don Julio, Herradura, Patron and Tres Generaciones. When it comes to variations of the drink it sticks to the basics and offers a regular, silver, gold and super gold margarita (choice of: don julio reposado, don juliio anejo, herradura anejo).
Restaurante Doña Tomás
5004 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94609
Hours: Tues to Thurs – 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fri – 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sat – 9:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sun – 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Doña Tomás prides itself on offering an authentic Mexican ambiance with regional cuisine. Restaurant goers can sip on fresh squeezed lime margaritas on its patio or in the crimson red bar room. It offers patrons over 30 different types of tequila to sip on. That said, Doña Tomás may not offer as many variations of the margaritas as some other restaurants out there, but it focuses on making a couple options really well. It offers the Margarita Especial, which is a combination of El Cabrito Blanco tequila, Citrónge and fresh lime on the rocks and the Margarita de la Reyna, a mixture of El Tesoro Silver tequila, Cointreau and fresh lime.
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Jenna Broughton can frequently be found exploring the streets of San Francisco looking for her next adventure and gastronomic delight. She has traveled far and wide, from Paris to Savannah, GA, to satisfy her adventurous palate. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.