Grub Street Investigates: The State of the To-Go Margarita


New York aint New Orleans, but where the margarita is concerned, go-cups have never been hard to find. Still, its been a while since we indulged in one partly because our hookups have had their run-ins with the law. So when the weather grew balmy last Friday, we decided to assay the state of the to-go marg by visiting three Mexican restaurants known to serve them para llevar. Heres what happened.

Establishment No. 1 Home of the crackarita.
Grub Street: Hi, could I get a frozen one to go?
Bartender: No more to-go.
Grub Street: [Acting incredulous] Sorry?
Bartender: No to-go anymore.
Grub Street: Ah.

Establishment No. 2 A less popular establishment nearby.
Grub Street: Hi, could I get a frozen to go?
Bartender: One second. [nods at Server No. 2]
Server No. 2: Yes?
Grub Street: One to go?
Server No. 2: [Before we even see it pulled from the machine, gives us a frozen marg in a clear plastic cup inside of a paper bag]

Establishment No. 3 A hole-in-the-wall known for its flavored margs.
Grub Street: Hi, could I get one to go?
Bartender: [Wordlessly prepares one on the rocks. Hands it to us in a plastic cup, no bag. Meanwhile a delivery man is putting three margaritas in a sack]

And so there you have it, folks, the to-go margarita (and the delivery marg!) is alive and well. Enjoy your summer, and God bless America!