Best of the Boat: Best Mexican Food/Margarita — Fiesta Jalisco |

Best of the Boat: Best Mexican Food/Margarita — Fiesta Jalisco

Best Mexican Food and Margarita: Fiesta Jalisco.

See the complete list of 2017 Best of the Boat winners here.

Arriba! Up with the accolades for Fiesta Jalisco, which cleaned up in this year’s contest by winning Best Mexican Food and coveted Best Margarita.

With six restaurants in Colorado, including its mainstay in Steamboat at 455 Anglers Drive, the restaurant’s success owes itself to original family recipes and great service and atmosphere. “People like good service and food at a reasonable price,” sums up manager and owner Mario Rodriguez.

Inside, you’ll find “real Mexican” cuisine, passed down from decades-old family recipes. Every item is made daily from scratch, from appetizers to entrees (campechana appetizer, anyone, with shrimp and octopus?). Other favorites include its Carne Asada, signature Arroz con Pollo, and multiple mariscos (seafood).

Its atmosphere is equally authentic, with wooden booths, hand-carved, Mexican bar, and colorful Mexican tile work. Paintings by Mexican artists adorn the walls, with Mexican sculptures scattered about. Add authentic Mexican music, including mariachi bands, and “It all makes you feel like a little bit of Mexico,” Rodriguez says.

Best Margarita: The Cadillac

While Fiesta Jalisco has a whopping 13 different margaritas to choose from — including the Red Bull Margarita and Millionaire Margarita, made with Don Julio “1942 Añejo” tequila, at a price of $56 for a large — voters this year rewarded its Cadillac Margarita with top honors. Perfected over generations, it’s made with Sauza Hornitos tequila, fresh cranberry and orange juice, and topped with Grand Marnier. As with all its margaritas, it’s available in small, medium and large sizes, and “you’d-better-drive-me-home” pitchers.

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