It has been a long time since I had breakfast at Margarita’s. It used to be a favorite place for my husband and me, but since he passed away I haven’t been back. In fact, I wasn’t headed that way today, but an interesting thing took place.
My breakfast companion was Ibrahim Al Nashashibi, better known to most of us as Al, the owner of Fairouz restaurant. I don’t think I have ever dined with a “restaurateur” before. We originally were going to have breakfast at the Breakfast Republic but the wait was over 30 minutes and Al said he never waited more than 10 minutes for a seat in a restaurant. Even though we gave them our name, hoping that we would have a table sooner, we began walking down Newport to see the changes taking place.
When we got to Margarita’s, there was a sign that read, “join us in our outside patio,” and we decided to check it out. In all the years I ate there I never knew they had an outside patio! It was small, intimate, and away from the exhaust of cars driving by. All but one of the tables was occupied, and we found ourselves sitting in the middle of the patio. But in spite of that, the tables were situated in such a way that we didn’t really “see” the others at the tables around us.
One of the things about Margarita’s is that they already had a menu in place prior to the Covid-19 crisis. And it is extensive with appetizers, combos, ala carte, salads, kids items, breakfast, both Mexican and American, omelets, pancakes, and even lunch. When I say extensive, I mean it!
I was a little surprised that Al was not real familiar with Mexican food. He decided to order a combination of eggs, sausage, hash brown, and choice of pancakes or toast (he chose wheat toast). For all that delicious food, the cost was only $7.75! A real bargain. And this was not a “special.” This came off the breakfast menu. While he was waiting for his breakfast, he was served piping hot coffee, and we were both given ice water.
I have always liked Machaca and was able to order it ala carte instead of as a combination. The combination would have been a little bit more than the $9 plus $1 for corn tortillas that we paid for ala cart, but I knew I would not eat the rice or beans. It came to me piping hot and was very tasty. Al had never had Machaca and said he liked it when he tasted mine. The tortillas were so hot that at first, I couldn’t even handle them.
Our waitress came to the table several times to ask if there was anything else we needed. I was a little surprised that rather than refilling the coffee, Al was brought a separate cup and when our waters were refilled we received new glasses.
The total bill came to just under $24. Everything was hot, delicious, and someplace we will go again. I stayed away too long.