Where to Toast National Margarita Day in DallasBy Farah Fleurima
February 20, 2014
This Saturday is National Margarita Day, and since Texas is marg central, this is one food holiday Dallasites will dig in and enjoy en masse. (Big D is the home of the first frozen margarita machine, after all.) But with so many marvelous margaritas, how do you pick just one place to raise your glass? Well, a) you don’t, and, b) you take a gander at our list of margaritas of all kinds to help you narrow down which bars and restaurants to hit. Happy sipping!
The Spicy: Urban Crust
The pizza tavern in old downtown Plano mixes our favorite peppery margarita in the whimsically named Nacho Libre, with Patron Silver, jalapeño (and a bevy of their seeds) and fresh lime juice.
The Nice-Priced: Blue Goose Cantina
The Lower Greenville Tex-Mex joint is celebrating the day with $2 Cointreau and tequila margaritas all day long. Snag a spot on the patio and treat the table to a round.
The Fancy: Stampede 66
On the other end of the cocktail price spectrum, at $18 is the Modern Star Canyon margarita at Stephan Pyles’ Texas-centric restaurant. Mixed tableside using dry ice, the prickly pear-infused drink has two kinds of Patron plus candied jalapeño.
The Triple Threat: Cantina Laredo
Speaking of multiple liqueurs, the Tres Amigos comes with Cointreau already in the frozen drink and an upended bottle of Corona in it and an extra shot of Hornitos tequila on the side.
The Fruity: Del Frisco’s Grille
The casual steakhouse’s pomegranate margarita (pictured) features POM juice along with Camarena Reposado Tequila, Cointreau and sweet and sour. The tart cocktail is a perfect match for the smoked gouda guacamole.
The Unusual: Meso Maya
The Mexican eatery with branches downtown and in North Dallas serves up a super-interesting avocado margarita (it IS a fruit, right?). The on-the-rocks drink also features pineapple for zing, but we really love how the avocado lends it a mildly creamy mouthfeel while staying refreshing.
The Swirl: Gloria’s
For those who like theirs frozen, we think the glasses of slushy goodness at Gloria’s are among the very best for one reason, besides their flavor: detectable levels of tequila! Unlike a lot of frozen varieties that get away with not being very boozy, Gloria’s margaritas - our favorite is the swirl - bring the buzz.
The Superstar: Mi Cocina
The famed Mambo Taxi is a behemoth, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a Dallas Tex-Mex lover who hasn’t sipped away on the the frozen beverage that also comes in a Chambord-accessorized version (Mambo Limousine) and one with a float of Midori (Mambo #5).
The Grandaddy: El Fenix
The much-heralded margarita at the venerable Tex-Mex original has tickled tippling Dallasites for decades, and the restaurant is running a 95th anniversary $2.95 special on it for dine-in guests. Excellent timing!