You know what would taste great in this sweltering early February weather?

A margarita.

The chips and salsa at Veracruz Cafe in Bishop Arts are good. And the restaurant, which opened in its original space in 2003, has a bar now.

The cafe’s owners recently built a chic bar at the front of the restaurant, adding another sacred place in the neighborhood to prop one’s elbows and dip a chip. The house margaritas are very strong, frozen or on the rocks.

Veracruz Cafe has happy hour all day Monday-Wednesday, so hurry before it’s winter again.