Rhonda On The Prowl: Rocking Out at Las Margaritas

Friday, November 20, 2015 - by Rhonda Tuggle

It was a family affair at Las Margaritas Mexican Restaurant on Wednesday night. Mama Sue and Papa Mike joined Flash and me for some music and a meal. I’ve grown up going to Las Margaritas on Hixson Pike all my life. It’s a fiesta every time. 

We walked in out of the rain and the hostess greeted us with a big, smiling, “Hola!” Colorful piñatas hung from the ceiling and Latin music blared. The hostess sat the four of us at a table in front of the bar, which doubles as the stage every Wednesday night for the band Priscilla and Little Rickee.

The Latin music ceased and the band started to play as the server brought out the complimentary chips and salsa. Mama Sue, Papa Mike, Flash, and I didn’t even need to look over the menu. We know what we like as Las Mas.

Mama Sue and Flash both ordered the Steak Acapulco. It comes with ribeye steak prepared with cooked onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, and red wine; all topped with cheese and served with Mexican rice and refried beans for $10.75. Papa Mike went with the Flautas Mexicanas, which are corn tortillas stuffed with shredded chicken and topped with lettuce, sour cream, and tomatoes for $8.95. I chose my usual, Arroz con Pollo, a dish of grilled chicken on Mexican rice covered in queso cheese and cooked veggies for $10.50. 

We danced in our seats to the rock n’ roll of Priscilla and Little Rickee as we waited for our food. People poured in out of the rain, and pretty soon Las Margaritas was like a sold-out concert.

“Reminds me of the time I saw Skynyrd in Atlanta!” Mama Sue shouted while waving her arms to the music.

“This is nothing like the time we saw Skynard in Atlanta,” Papa Mike, the realist of the two, corrected.

But it was a fun time nevertheless.

“Hot plates!” the server warned as she placed our dinner before us. Flash must not have heard her over the music and grabbed his plate directly from the server’s hands. Prideful as he is about being manly, he didn’t react to the burn I know he felt, but I could see in his startled face that he wanted to shriek.

Fortunately, Flash forgot his pain once he started to eat his ribeye. The queso cheese blended tastefully with my chicken, veggies, and rice. Though Las Margaritas is more of a come-for-the-atmosphere type place rather than come-for-the-food, everyone was happy with their meal and shared around the table.

The band was still jamming out by the time we paid and left, to-go boxes in hand because Las Mas always gives generous portions.

“Adios!” The hostess called as we reentered the rain.

Rain or shine, Las Margaritas is always a fiesta.   

Location: 1101 Hixson Pike

Hours: M-Th 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., F-Sat 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Logan's Roadhouse Closing Gunbarrel Road Restaurant

  Logan's Roadhouse is closing its restaurant at 2119 Gunbarrel Road. The last day of operation was Wednesday. The chain still has five other Chattanooga-area locations. Officials said the move was made in order to "right-size" the market. The company is offering employees the opportunity to work at other area restaurants, as well as severance packages and job placement ... (click for more)

Grubhub Online Food Delivery Service Expands To Chattanooga

 Grubhub, an online food-ordering company, has expanded its delivery capabilities to 34 more markets across 19 states, including Chattanooga. The expansion was completed throughout the first quarter of 2018 and is part of  Grubhub's  plan to grow its delivery network to reach more than 100 new markets this year, officials said. These cities join the more than ... (click for more)

Man Who Killed 4 At Waffle House Is In Custody

Travis Reinking, 29, the suspect in the shooting at a Waffle House near Nashville on Sunday, has been taken into custody, according to police. Reinking, who killed four people and injured two others at a Waffle House near Nashville on Sunday morning was on the loose Monday morning and had been added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's ‘Top 10 Most Wanted’ list. ... (click for more)

Pet Raccoon That Was Destroyed Did Not Have Rabies

A pet raccoon that was destroyed in order to test for rabies after biting a neighbor child did not have rabies, Chattanooga attorney Chris Jones. The family has been advised it can pick up the remains of Boomer at the Chattanooga Hamilton County Health Department. Attorney Jones, who specializes in wildlife cases, earlier argued there was no valid reason for health ... (click for more)

Set Up A Council On Love, Not A Council On Hate - And Response

In Mayor Berke's April 19 version of the Berke Bulletin, he announced plans to establish a Council on Hate and indicated a focus on tolerance. I beg of him to reconsider that plan. One problem in Chattanooga and in other places in America is that there are some people who have already established an informal version of a Council on Hate. I suggest that a more productive plan ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Corker And ‘The Code’

Of all the vows, pledges, and bonds born unto the human race, nothing overrides “The Code.” It is an unwritten but deeply important knowledge that men should abide with equal respect, fierce loyalty, and chivalrous understanding of one another. For example, The Code dictates you must not and can never date a good friend’s ex-girlfriend, or ex-wife. Rather, you respect your friend ... (click for more)