22322 El Paseo
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
UPDATE (March 12, 2008): Agave has closed down. It has become an El Torito Grill.
Right next door to RSM's OPRAH, I mean, OPAH, is Marc Cohen's third restaurant, Agave Mexican Grill and Cantina. Can it claim itself as an "authentic" Mexican restaurant when its owner is clearly not Mexican? Hard to say, but the food is at least serviceable. The setting is very trendy, which nowadays means it also includes some classic elements but also enough nouveau elements to please the jetsetting crowd.
Since I'm behind on about four or five entries now I'm going to mostly let the pictures do the talking.
Nice leather-bound menus
Still the inside
Black-Bean Crab Cake with Papaya Salsa
Chilled Shrimp Cocktail – Cabo Style
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Crispy Chipotle-Honey Chicken Salad
Hearth-baked White Pizza
Fruit with Chocolate Fondue
This shady character was hanging out in the mens restroom
If you happen to be in the area and you want some Mexican food you probably couldn't go wrong stopping by here. Agave Mexican Grill and Cantina earns a three and a half Speedy Gonzales rating: