The promise of margaritas just minutes from our office alway suck us in, but it’s the dishes that keep us coming back for more. Vuelue a la Vida. Guisado de puerca. Tampiquena Camarones a la diabla. The choice items come from Santi’s hometown of Puerto Vallarta. Chunks of richly braised pork swimming in a spicy red sauce next to some refried beans and Mexican rice are the perfect foil to the tart margaritas. The enchiladas verdes and chicken mole are solid choices too. The former Huddle House restaurant has morphed over the years into an oasis with a comfortable dining room, a lush patio, and outdoor dining. Granted, you’re looking at Morrison Drive, but diners are happy to ignore that fact as they enjoy their bargain-basement-priced authentic Mexican food. We can’t say we’ve made it out to the Mt. Pleasant location, but we eat at the Santi’s downtown regularly. Get a pitcher of margaritas, pair it with some chips and salsa, and you’ll be starting your night off right. —Stephanie Barna Dish (Winter 2015)

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Santi's has been voted Best Margaritas and Best Mexican by CP readers.

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