The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Margaritas

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The choices are endless at El Gran Malo.
2. El Gran Malo

Of course a place that specializes in tequila infusions should have great margaritas, and El Gran Malo makes its bizarre blends with aplomb. There are standards, of course, like a strawberry that tastes like fresh preserves. But be adventurous here: Try a pecan-infused margarita for a warm, Texas twist or a golden beet blend if you're feeling brave.

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Set your sights on Hugo's for Sunday Funday with this buffet and a couple of tableside margaritas.
1. Hugo's

This year's Best of Houston® winner gets points for its tequila selection alone -- which features more than 40 choices, counting its bottles of mezcal. Sommelier Sean Beck dreams up exciting twists on the classic cocktail, like El Sueño Profundo with smoky mezcal, but it's the standard Hugorita for $7.50 that we like best. Created with Sauza Silver, Hiram Walker Triple Sec, simple syrup and fresh lime juice, it's mixed tableside. We also love the Y Porque No margarita for only $5 during its weekday happy hours.



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Fuegodelmar
Fuegodelmar

Spanish Village gets my vote! Nothing like those chards of icey-limey goodness.And the place has soul, having hosted celebs and hollywood pass-thrus alike.

MallRat
MallRat

I am loving Don Julio's (on Westheimer in the old La Strada location) $0.99 house margaritas M-F from11-7.  

Sean Beck
Sean Beck

Thanks for the love and kind words. We are thrilled to be part of Houston's vibrant landscape.  While this city may not have a dominant cuisine, we do have a dominant drink... the margarita. So many great spots in this city, including bars and non-Mexican restaurants, put out fantastic versions.  We are thrilled to be included in such a collection.   Keep drinking Agave everyone be it Tequila, Sotol or Mezcal.  

Tracy
Tracy

Thank you Katharine!!!  Merry Christmas

Terry Alexander
Terry Alexander

Northside represent! In order of preference:

Alicia'sHacienda IsabellCasa Imperial

Macayo's gets an honorable mention. Simply because they have the most potent margarita's on my end of town but they add "Angry Juice" to them. I don't drink them anymore as they turn me into an asshole.TA

Lauren
Lauren

Hugo's, El Gran Malo, TQLA, and original Ninfa's are all good margaritas. Chuy's--sorry, I don't get it. But Maria Selma DEFINITELY deserves to be on this list. Their house margaritas are great, and their premium ritas are out of this world. Plus less expensive than most others, esp. at happy hour.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

FYI, we'll have our list of winners and photos up from Tequila & Tamales on Monday morning.  :)

HW
HW

The Don'Key in Pasadena should be on the list. Unless the list is really just for places in town. Honorable mention? :)

Matthew
Matthew

one that is missing, that i think deserves consideration is cyclone anaya's. excellent 'ritas, imo.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

I must be the only person who's yet to be swayed by Maria Selma. I need to give that place another shot, it seems. As for Chuy's... Their Texas Tinis and the New Mexican-style margaritas with Hatch chiles? Heaven. Smooth, spicy heaven.

Jen
Jen

Agreed - Maria Selma has great margaritas!

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

I've never been there myself. What else do you order there to go with the margaritas?

Jalapeno
Jalapeno

If only they had good food to go with it.

Lauren
Lauren

Here's my advice, for what it's worth: Try the ultimate margarita. Top-shelf tequila and fresh juices for $8, or $5 for happy hour and all day on Mondays. Then skip the fancy stuff on the menu and get some fish tacos on their home-made corn tortillas. $9 for three tacos (you can mix and match, other types are good too, but the fish ones rock).

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