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Sunday, April 16, 2006

Agave Mexican Grill and Cantina - Review #1

Date of Visit: April 15, 2006

22322 El Paseo
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

UPDATE (March 12, 2008): Agave has closed down. It has become an El Torito Grill.

Agave Mexican Grill Exterior

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.

Agave Mexican Grill Menu
Nice leather-bound menus

Agave Mexican Grill Interior
The inside

Agave Mexican Grill Interior
Still the inside

Agave Mexican Grill's Heated Patio
Heated patio

Agave Mexican Grill Crab Cake
Black-Bean Crab Cake with Papaya Salsa

Agave Mexican Grill Shrimp Cocktail
Chilled Shrimp Cocktail – Cabo Style

Agave Mexican Grill's Chicken Tortilla Soup
Chicken Tortilla Soup

Agave Mexican Grill Crispy Chipotle-Honey Chicken Salad
Crispy Chipotle-Honey Chicken Salad

Agave Mexican Grill White Pizza
Hearth-baked White Pizza

Agave Mexican Grill Chocolate Fondue
Fruit with Chocolate Fondue

Agave Mexican Grill Exterior

Agave Mexican Grill Exterior

Agave Mexican Grill's Green Sun
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:

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