A tiki bar off Main Street? Hidden away on a street filled with historical buildings is a terrific treat, Rita’s Specialty Margs Taco Bar. A trip to the beach makes for a fun getaway from the bustle of Main Street, especially on a busy day in the season. However, unless you time it just right, you may need to wait for a seat, because this popular bar fills up quickly.
Located at the corner of South Main Street and West Adams Avenue, walk down the flight of stairs and grab a seat for Rita’s signature hand-squeezed margarita. Graze on some chips, build your own taco or burrito, and relax.
First, choose your margarita: traditional or hand-squeezed. Watch them squeeze the citrus fruit – oranges and limes – right at the bar. Next, choose your tequila. They have 70, so that might take a bit of time. Or, you can choose the Señor Rita, made with Cazadores Reposado, Patron Citronge, and fresh lime and orange juices. The Endless Summer margarita allows you to choose your tequila and add a Grand Marnier float. The hand-squeezed margarita menu just gets better from there!
Now, choose your food. Chips and avocado dip? Queso? Seven Layer Dip? Perhaps a little of each? Wash it down with a hand-squeezed margarita and your beach excursion is off to a great start.
Then, take pencil in hand and build your taco and/or burrito. Step 1: Choose your protein, from traditional ground beef, “just like Mom makes,” or Mexican black bean, to flame-broiled chicken breast, Cuban-style flank steak, Escondido pork in green chili sauce, or aloha fish. Step 2: Choose your style. Taco or burrito? Corn or flour tortilla?
Next, Step 3: Choose your style. This is where it gets tough. There are six choices. Some of the more unusual are Baja, which includes cabbage, cilantro, lime, and chipotle mayonnaise; Vera Cruz, if you like olives, red onions, and roasted red peppers; and Hippie, which includes mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, and avocado ranch.
Now it gets tricky, and you have had just enough of the delicious hand-squeezed margarita that you are unsure whether putting an “x” in the box means you do or do not want to have a Double Taco, a combination of hard- and soft-shell tortillas held together with queso.
The difficulty filling out the order form is directly proportional to the number of hand-squeezed margaritas consumed. Fortunately the entire tiki bar is in the same boat, and laughter abounds.
The next time you find yourself weary of the sunshine, snow, shops and diversions, and all-around beauty of Breckenridge, head for the beach. A margarita and taco of your choosing await.
Until our next adventure in wine and food…
Rita’s Specialty Margs Taco Bar
301 South Main Street
Breckenridge, CO 80424