Margarita Madness

Cinco de Mayo commemorates Mexico’s victory over the French Empire in the battle of Puebla in 1862. Why not celebrate the holiday with the quintessential Mexican cocktail— the majestic margarita? Whether you prefer this libation on the rocks, blended or frozen, these lively Oceanside eateries have you covered:

Jalisco Cantina

The Mexican state of Jalisco produces the world’s top tequilas. The region also inspired the name of, style of cuisine and beverages at Jalisco Cantina. An impressive list of over 50 tequilas and mezcals make this restaurant the go-to place in town to explore agave-based spirits.

Find the cozy cantina downtown on North Coast Highway 101. The rustic interior features ornate brickwork, rattan chairs and potted succulents. Peruse the inventive specialty cocktail menu. You may want to try the Mango Serrano Margarita infused with spicy Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur balanced by sweet fruit puree. If you’re a purist, order a tequila or mezcal straight up or by the flight.

The select menu presents simple dishes made from scratch using fresh ingredients. Plenty of small plate options encourage sharing. Standouts include the tasty Jalisciense Pozole, Street Corn “Elote” Salad and Beef Birria Relleno.

Anita’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina – Coast Hwy

Anita’s Coast Highway location is located in the flourishing neighborhood of South Oceanside. The dining room exudes hacienda-like charm. Sparkling sombreros, wrought iron/glass fixtures and impressive wooden doors enhance the ambiance. Choose from mouthwatering made-to-order margaritas mixed with the house or call tequilas. Drafts on tap include both imported Mexican and local craft brew options.

Discover your favorite traditional Mexican classic on the extensive menu. Choose from tostadas, enchiladas, burritos and more. Order tantalizing items a la carte, dinner style with rice and beans or in combinations. Savor the hearty portions at this longtime, family-owned and friendly establishment.

Hello Betty Fish House

Enjoy ocean views and balmy breezes at Hello Betty’s indoor/outdoor venue one block from the beach. The fun décor blends modern lighting with hanging nautical ropes and surfing imagery. You can even take a selfie in front of a vintage, gold and white dune buggy. Delight in the cheerful service along with casual coastal ambiance at this spot great for large families and or groups.

Refreshing margarita picks include the classic O’Side Rita, spicy Ring of Fire and frozen Mango-Guava. Heavy on seafood, the menu juxtaposes popular Baja bites with adored American staples. Think guacamole, ceviche and fish tacos alongside clam chowder, fish & chips and burgers. Order from the Catch of the Day menu to sample local fish like San Diego Big Eye Tuna or Baja Yellowtail served with your choice of two sides sauce. The yummy weekend brunch selection includes an oversized cinnamon roll, Crab Cake Benny and Chilaquiles Scramble.

Visit this Cinco de Mayo to take advantage of $5 Margarita and Smoked Fish Taco or $1 Corona Premiers. Some Restrictions May Apply. 

About the Author

Jolee Pink is an Oceanside-based writer, designer and artist. She runs the popular Eat Drink SD Facebook group and her Wabisabi Green lifestyle blog focuses on art, design, food and travel. For more information, please visit

Published: May 3, 2019

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