Dallas' Five Best Margaritas

Categories: Best Of Dallas

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The margarita may be the greatest drink of all time, if only because it almost always comes alongside a free, bottomless basket of chips and salsa. Born out of desperation, the margarita originally provided a way to choke down bad tequila. At some restaurants this still holds true. At others the drink has evolved significantly. This item originally ran in October, but we figured today, National Margarita Day, was a good day to re-pour it.

Broken down by category, these are City of Ate's five favorites, including our recent Best of Dallas winner for Best Margarita. Get more of Dallas' best with our Best Of app, available for the Droid and the iPhone.

Marquee Grill
The Top-Shelf Margarita
Amongst the high-end shopping and eye candy of Highland Park, you can sit at the bar of the Marquee Grill and order a margarita, pictured above, that's nearly as fancy as the red-soled Louboutins peddled a few doors away. Jason Kosmas mixes up a seasonal riff on the classic, making use of fresh cranberries and hunks of orange fruit. Taste vanilla? It's in the infused honey used to sweeten the drink.

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Libertine
The I Didn't Expect to Order a Margarita Margarita
You will not find chips and salsa, menudo or enchiladas on Libertine's menu, but you will find great bar food, and bars that put a little extra thought into their eats usually make a decent drink, too. Order up a rocks and salt marg to go with your beer-braised pork tacos.

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Tejano
The Yellow Number 5 Meets Blue Number 2 Margarita
It's easy to forget that there's more to Oak Cliff than the Bishop Arts District. Less than a mile away on Davis, Tejano serves up its own version of Tex-Mex to neighborhood locals. It's probably the neon-green frozen 'ritas they're mixing up in the massive spinning drink machines behind the bar that keep people coming back. Doesn't hurt that they're only two bucks.

Location Info

Gloria's

3715 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Libertine Bar

2101 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Village Marquee - Texas Grill & Bar

33 Highland Park Village, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Mariano's Hacienda

6300 Skillman St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tejano Mexican Restaurant - CLOSED

110 W. Davis St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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38 comments
merkiraly
merkiraly

Ok, any margaritas made with premixed sweet-n-sour BS should not be included, or even hypothesized to make the cut, Dallas! Fresh lime, agave or honey, BUT please don't include fake wannabe's! 


Deanna Whitis
Deanna Whitis

Just another reason why I miss Big D..........

Tim Evans
Tim Evans

I enjoy Avila's margaritas. On the rocks.

chriscyrek
chriscyrek

La Familia in Fort Worth has the most out-of-control margarita I have come across.

Joey Angel Avila
Joey Angel Avila

The ones Leann Berry makes at Komali's my favorite one is the Tamarind margarita...

Jon Pitt
Jon Pitt

The MArgarita of the month at Agave Azul in downtown Carrollton

Casie Pierce
Casie Pierce

What Kyle said, Mariano's. Also, what it that in the picture? I'm sorry but if it is yellow with red stuff in it, it is NOT a rita!

Julie Clemens
Julie Clemens

Gloria's ARE the best! Desperado's makes a good one, too.

Laurie Baker
Laurie Baker

Sorry, I make the best margarita in Dallas!

_mm_
_mm_

Agree with the Gloria's pick.  One very similar to Gloria's, maybe even better, is the one at Veracruz in Bishop Arts.

Quinn Cannady
Quinn Cannady

the mambo taxi from Mi Cocina - West Village mmmmmmmmmm

Kerry DiGiovanni Prokup
Kerry DiGiovanni Prokup

The one I make at home. We infuse 2 750ml bottles of silver tequila with a carton of strawberries, 2 jalapenos and one small habanero for 48 hours (min). The it's 2 parts tequila, 1 part fresh lime juice and 1/2 part light agave. Shake with ice and serve.

Tiffany R'shel
Tiffany R'shel

$3 margaritas (really good ones!) ALL DAY every day @ Holy Frijoles!!

Ralphy
Ralphy

I nominate the "Cumcumber Margarita" at Meso Mya.

Seanbone
Seanbone

Casa cha cha is my fave....nothing fancy....nothing unique...just good

Ben Oliver
Ben Oliver

No Margarita Ranch? No Desperados? Not so much credibility!

auntiecairo
auntiecairo

Sorry - I like Monica's Frankietini -- high grade tequila, fresh lime juice = delicious!

anotherdayanotherdollar
anotherdayanotherdollar

1 frozen can of tecate2 healthy shots of tequila(brand does not matter)crush up frozen tecate into 16oz serving glassadd the 2 shots of tequila, mix wellvios con dios, amigos

Larry
Larry

Mariano's Papa's margaritas are awesome!

Deb
Deb

John Hernandez is a bartender who gets hired and fired from a lot of bars. If you can find him, ask for a margarita. He might currently be at the Slip Inn, which is a supremely strange place to order one, but alas, the margarita must go on!

Poodollar
Poodollar

WHICH Gloria's margarita are you referring to? The regular one is pretty much like any other house margarita.

Steve
Steve

That thing from the Marquee is not a margarita, kiddo.

OCLisa
OCLisa

I can't believe La Calle Dolce in Oak Cliff didn't make the list.  The absolutely best I've had in Dallas!

Jbyrne29
Jbyrne29

I have been living in the UK for the past six months, and what I miss most is the house margarita from Cantina Laredo.

Storm_71
Storm_71

I'm sure it's really good and all but the very first pic looks like someone threw up in a glass.

cp
cp

Lipstick on a pig...

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