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Margaritas in Marco Town Center ranks among my top guilty pleasures. I have dined here many times, and I always leave satisfied. And on this eve of Mexico’s Independence Day, it seemed an appropriate dining destination.

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Things got off to an appetizing start with the queso fundido, white cheese sauce sprinkled with Mexican chorizo, green onions and jalapenos. OMG! So amazing! I love this spicy Mexican sausage, especially as more of a seasoning than a main dish.

Another great start was the frozen daquiris. I had the strawberry; my partner in dine had the mango. Topped with whip cream and a cherry, this was the perfect companion for the fundido.

For my main entrée I had the tacos al pastor. As you may or may not know, this dish was developed in central Mexico and is based on shawarma spit-grilled meat brought by Lebanese immigrants to Mexico. Being derived from shawarma, it is also like the Turkish döner kebab and the Greek gyros.

These tacos were not that. While amazing and delicious, if this is what you’re expecting do not order this dish. These tacos appeared to be similarly seasoned but using a pork roast instead of grilled meat.

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Don’t get me wrong, I loved these tacos. Very tasty! But I have a job to do.

My dining companion ordered the pork carnitas, and I was mesmerized by the presentation. They were served sizzling in a fajita skillet, I have never seen this before, but the pork looked and tasted amazing.

Our first review of Margaritas was published in July 2018. Back then I sampled the tinga burrito; a specialty seasoned jerk chicken layered with beans, rice and cheese in a flour tortilla; with more cheese on the outside, ranchero sauce, sour cream and onions.

The burrito was huge and nearly impossible to finish. And while it was a flavor sensation that I would not change; fans of tinga – made from tomatoes, chipotle chilis in adobo – might be slightly disappointed as the chicken inside did not seem to have much, if any, of the seasoning. The overriding taste was the ranchero sauce on the outside – which counts; let’s just file this under not what I expected.

My partner in dine had the enchiladas suizas, two corn tortillas stuffed with chicken and covered with salsa verde, cotiga cheese, chives and cream.    

He cleaned his plate and gave the dish a hearty thumbs-up; however, he said he would have preferred onions to the chives. He also gave a short out to the well-seasoned light and fluffy rice.

Both trips, the chips, salsa and pico de gallo were all fresh and plentiful. The service was exemplary.  

The decor pops and there is both indoor and outdoor dining. It’s also some of the best prices you’ll find on Marco Island.

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If you go

Margaritas

  • 1069 N. Collier Blvd. Marco Island Fl, 34145
  • 239-394-6555
  • www.margaritasontheisland.com
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