The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Margaritas
For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the winner had hefty competition from other Houston bars and restaurants.
Photo by Troy Fields So many tequilas, so little sobriety to tackle them all...
If you were lucky enough to get in the door at last night's packed Tequila & Tamales event, you just may have found a new favorite margarita in town. In case you didn't, here's our guide to where you can indulge in a cocktail that's every bit a winter drink as it is a summer cocktail.
10. Xuco Xicana
Photo by Ms. Pants It wouldn't be a margarita list without 'em.
Home of both the original El Patio margarita and their own house blends, this Midtown Tex-Mex mecca lets you go traditional or upscale.
9. El Patio
The original "Club No Minors" still cranks out some of the headiest margs in Houston. And, yes, they're still neon blue.
8. Goode Co. Seafood
Photo by Groovehouse Goode Co. Seafood proves that a place doesn't have to be Mexican to have good margs.
A margarita and a tumbler full of shrimp campechana here, and I'm in Gulf Coast seafood heaven. It's a timeless pairing, like crunchy peanut butter and grape jelly. Both are a little pricey, but they're top quality...plus, you're dining in an old, restored rail car, and that can't be beat.
The secret to the margaritas at Spanish Village was helpfully revealed by Houstonist's Kaylan Tannahill back in 2009: "They do not serve frozen margaritas, rather they freeze the lime juice which fractures when the drink is mixed." Just one more thing to love about the old Medical Center favorite (that, and the queso).