Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Houston's Top 10 Margaritas

Categories: Booze, Top 10

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Photo courtesy of Sorrel Urban Bistro
Is this the margarita of the summer? It's certainly one of them.
You don't have to wait for Cinco de Mayo to enjoy one of the city's favorite cocktails, but it doesn't hurt to have a few in celebration, either. Just remember to toast the Battle of Puebla (after all, that's what Cinco de Mayo commemorates -- not Mexican Independence Day.)

10. Sorrel Urban Bistro

Rimmed with stunning black salt, the hibiscus margarita at Sorrel Urban Bistro tastes like the beautiful marriage of a sweet jamaica agua fresca and a tart margarita, making it absolutely ideal for the hot summer weather.

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Photo by Ms. Pants
It wouldn't be a margarita list without 'em.
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.

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Photo by Groovehouse
Goode Co. Seafood proves that a place doesn't have to be Mexican to have good margs.
8. Goode Co. Seafood

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.

7. Spanish Village

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).


Location Info

Venue

Map

El Patio Restaurant and Bar

6444 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Spanish Village

4720 Almeda, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pico's Mex-Mex Restaurant

5941 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Ninfa's

2704 Navigation Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

TQLA

4601 Washington Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Chuy's

2706 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

El Gran Malo - CLOSED

2307 Ella, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Hugo's

1600 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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14 comments
Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

We went to Spanish Village on this recommend. Food was okay to good, margaritas were great--and I don't like margaritas. These were nice and tart--perfect.

dennis
dennis

you forgot lupes man ess prutty gud! ah ha1

David Houston
David Houston

Doneraki on Westheimer is worth an honorable mention for great Margaritas.  Their food prices are also very good in comparison to a couple of other places I could mention.  Quantity and presentation is just right.  It's become my favorite Mexican Restaurant.  Weigh up the price, and quality/preparation of food and drinks.  Wednesday/Thursday Fajitas for 2 for $16.95, and a great bar with $1 happy hour.  Try it you'll like it.  :)

Jim Ayres
Jim Ayres

I also must give a vote for Tony's, and with Maria back behind the bar, the margaritas are more epic than ever. 

My favorite fruity margarita is the frozen blackberry one at Ninfa's Navigation.

David Houston
David Houston

I've eaten at Tony's maybe three times now, I think.  It's a great place to eat, and the margaritas are very good.

KING
KING

The last few times I've been to El Gran Malo, I could barely taste the alcohol in their margaritas. If you want a better margarita, head across the street to Tony's.

Dundle
Dundle

You must be a raging alcoholic to consider the ritas at Tony's palatable. They're full of everclear and taste like ass!

KING
KING

An alcoholic beverage that has a lot of alcohol in it is bad? Gotcha.

Heights Fan
Heights Fan

I second Maria Selma's, also love Cyclone Anaya's!  Chuy's though? Yuck and sickly sweet.

Robertini
Robertini

For Chuy's - not the frozen stuff, but I agree that the "New Mexican" martini is good

Jeff
Jeff

I wasn't that big on Hugo's when I had it to be honest and I still don't get the appeal of El Gran Malo. Surprisingly, the top shelf at Tapatia is tremendous and La Fisheria's margs are some of the best I've ever tried.

Cattivo1
Cattivo1

Habanero Margarita from La Fisheria leaves me feeling hot and sassy!

Urban Swank
Urban Swank

You hit the nail on the head with Sorrel, El Gran, and Hugo's; not sure what I would do if I couldn't get my hands on that lava salted rim or an infused tequila. Another great margarita, if you like the skinny version, is at Cafe Adobe. I live for the sweet and salty!

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