For starters, I’d like to begin by saying that my Margarita Research Party at Villa Sombrero began on a Monday afternoon at 3pm.
After about four or five large, fish bowl sized margaritas (I lost count), – suggested by the lovely waitress Marlene, I woke up at 4am, cold, confused, drunk and delirious on my brothers couch. I somehow managed to use his dog as a body pillow for warmth. I thought it might have still been early in the night, 10, maybe 11pm, but my phone was dead, and the dew on the windows told me it was later. A lot later than I had anticipated staying out. Margarita Monday quickly turned into Where the Fuck Am I Tuesday?
So, to say that Villa Sombrero serves the best margarita in Highland Park is highly suggestible, but what I can honestly say about the margaritas is that they make those babies strong and at a good price. Who’s complaining?
At 3 in the afternoon, the place was deserted. My friend and I sat in a booth near the front door. It took a while for us to be seated despite how empty it was, but once we got our order in, our waitress Marlene popped in just enough times to offer some suggestions and bring us a refill. Although there aren’t any Happy Hour signs posted anywhere, the staff told us that they do offer small margaritas Monday-Thursday from 3-7pm for $4.50.
I wanted to start off slow, order a small, try different flavors, but Marlene insisted on the large original flavored margarita, on the rocks for $9.50. “Don’t get blended” she advised, “because you get less Tequila.”
More booze for your buck? I’m in!
At the half-way point through my first drink, I could already feel a warm buzz brewing. Just one large margarita is enough to leave you feeling pleasantly satisfied, but it was Monday afterall and we were the only people there, so we ordered a second round. They played KLOVE over the speakers, sad, sappy, romantic songs en español filtered through the restaurant. All I needed was a cigarette and a hammock, and maybe another drink.
After two drinks, I realized I probably should have ordered some food, so I ordered a small Mango flavored margarita and Queso Fundido with Taquitos. Bad choice on the margarita. They use flavored syrup making the drink taste thick and sweet, if you’re into that kind of thing, by all means. Order a large. I ordered another original to fix the bad taste in my mouth. After about two drinks things got a little blurry and the notes I had written for myself became almost illegible.
So what am I getting at? GO! Go to Villa Sombrero and skip the HH special because if you order more than two small margaritas, you might as well order a large for $9.50 while also getting more booze.