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Food fight: Margaritas

| Thursday, May 3, 2007

Rob Amen: How does Cinco de Mayo translate in Pittsburghese, n'at?

Rochelle Hentges: Tequila and strawberries• I'm there. Hold the salt.

Mad Mex Multiple locations including 370 Atwood St., Oakland $7.50 for 16 oz.

Rob: Wow. Plenty of strawberries in this salty 16-ounce "ladies" size, enough to qualify as a serving of fruit. The lime is a given. But the excessive salty aftertaste left me craving a glass of water to chase it.

Rochelle: Whew, even splitting one of these, I'm a little buzzed. But even though real strawberries were used (with floating seeds as evidence), the fruit flavor was a little lackluster. Thankfully, I didn't taste that much salt.

Salsarita's Fresh Cantina 152 East Bridge St., The Waterfront $3.99 for 12 oz.

Rob: Kudos for plenty of crushed ice. But the proportions were backwards. There was hardly a hint of tequila, and the artificial strawberry flavor was overwhelming. Pass me a Dos Equis instead.

Rochelle: You must not be a fan of smoothies, because this tastes just like one. A very good one. However, this margarita might not be the best bet if you're looking to dance around the sombrero -- it's a little light on the alcohol.

T.G.I. Friday's Multiple locations including 185 Waterfront Dr., The Waterfront $6.99 for 18 oz.

Rob: With the texture of a Slush Puppie, this towering concoction proved to be just right. Lots of crushed ice. Plenty of real strawberry flavor. Slightly less salty than Mad Mex. Let me make sure ... yup. The best of the bunch.

Rochelle: Seriously• This was gross. You thought Mad Mex was salty• I could have chased this with ocean water and not been able to tell the difference. And no, the lime and orange wedge presentation does not make up for this waste of seven bucks.

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