I Love Micheladas and I'm Not Ashamed: The Top 5 Micheladas in Houston

Categories: Booze, Top Five

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I was first introduced to the michelada one summer in Corpus Christi. I grew up on the bayfront, but I'd never learned to surf, so a few years back, I decided it was time. My first lesson had nothing to do with the board or the waves though. Instead, my instructor handed me a michelada and explained that this is what you drink while surfing in the gulf.

I liked it immediately, but I've always been a big fan of bloody marys and eating salsa out of the jar with a spoon. When I tried to introduce micheladas to some of my friends in the Midwest, they were less enthusiastic. And I get it. A medley of beer, tomato juice, hot sauce and seafood is not for everyone.

If you're one of the brilliant few people who, like me, love an-ice cold bloody beer on a hot day, then this is the list for you. Check out my favorite michelada spots in town (in no particular order), and let me know where you go to get your fix!

Taqueria Arandas
I get the feeling that this isn't really a place where you go sit at the bar and nurse a michelada or two (like I do) instead of ordering food, but sometimes you just want to drink lunch. The micheladas at Taqueria Arandas are heavy on the beer, and you have a choice of draft or bottle. I stick with Modelo Especial, which I highly recommend. The michelada mix is light -- combined with the beer it's almost the color of a Shirley Temple -- but it packs a spicy punch. I also detected lots of fresh lime juice and pepper. It's a great choice if you're in the mood for a high-alcohol michelada.

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Captain Tom's Seafood and Oyster Bar
Captain Tom's is out near Cypress, so it's a bit of a haul for me. But it's totally worth it for the cheap micheladas and fresh seafood. The restaurant is in the shape of a boat, and there's not a lot of space inside to sit down and eat. If you're able to squirm your way up to the bar in the middle, you'll see that nearly everyone in the joint is drinking a michelada of some sort. Many choose to pair the spicy tomato juice with Bud Light, which I, personally, feel is disrespectful to the michelada. It must be made with Mexican beer. Captain Tom's will give you a bottle of Corona and a mug partially filled with Cajun Chef hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco and lime juice and allow you to add the beer as you please. The best part? If your michelada gets too weak as you add beer, all of the ingredients are sitting out on the counter. Just whip up some more, and you're good to go!

Location Info

Venue

Map

Captain Tom's Seafood & Oyster Bar

9651 FM 1960 Road W., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Beaver's

2310 Decatur St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Connie's Seafood

2525 Airline Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Original Ninfa's On Navigation

2704 Navigation, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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57 comments
chaps9988
chaps9988

I once did a michelada tour in houston.

Norma Collum
Norma Collum

Can't wait to try them all! Trevi Biles and Becky Bridges Biles check out the Beaver's recipe...Big Daddy's is mentioned !!!

normacollum
normacollum

GREAT article and looking forward to trying all of them!

Liz Duran
Liz Duran

Lopez Mexican restaurant has the absolute best!

Blas Moreno
Blas Moreno

It sure does feel like a michi day!!!

Johnny Damian III
Johnny Damian III

Not having Mambos Seafood on this list is absurd who is posting this without mambos? I mean seriously ...come on!!!

NewRider Ivan
NewRider Ivan

How can you not even mention Mambo's seafood?? Gonna have tread more careful with you recommendations...

josemvazquez
josemvazquez

Wow.  You left off Mambos, Ostioneria Michoacan, Golden Seafood, La Revolucion Sports Bar, But included BEAVERS? LOL

Amy McMullen
Amy McMullen

I make my own! With Clamato it's Delish!

Antonio Blanco
Antonio Blanco

What could there possibly be to be ashamed about?

GunsandTacos
GunsandTacos

Good list. Have to admit, haven't tried Mambo's michelada yet. Just happy to see so many commenters that are enjoying micheladas. 

Connie's is my favorite in town, and Aranda's has a good one too. Here's one that might be a surprise: 

Fuckin' Lupe Tortillas on Shepherd. They make a mighty fine michelada. 

Gotta disagree a little bit about using Mexican beer. When I order a michelada, I get it with the cheapest domestic swill on the menu, knowing that I won't taste the beer anyway. Anyway, Mexican macros are really pretty much the same as American macros. Just my opinion.

Also, should mention that The Pastry War makes theirs with fresh tomato juice. I haven't tried their michelada yet, but it's the first place I've heard of that does that. (Disclaimer, I work there.)

Some commenters have mentioned that "real Mexican micheladas" are more of a brown color than red. That's because tomato-based cocktails are terrible in Mexico. Yes, I said it. Never order a Bloody Mary in Mexico, unless you want a tall glass of steak sauce or beef buillion. Also, if you're trying to translate Bloody Mary to Spanish, please remember that they're probably Catholic, and your request might sound pretty awkward and you might get your ass kicked, you gringo heretic.



WhiteLightning
WhiteLightning topcommenter

Geneva Gordon at Under the Volcano makes a mean one. 

Marcos Del Hierro
Marcos Del Hierro

Casie C. Cobos and Gabriela Raquel Ríos this reminds me of you!!!

Frank Santos
Frank Santos

This whole list is an embarrassment, the only worthy Michelada is at the boat on 45S and Howard! Hands down none better!!!

chumley
chumley

La Fisheria all the way. And they have great food... far better than some other suggestions here

Alexander_Bites
Alexander_Bites

I hate Michelada's that are Tabasco based. If red pepper sauce is used there is no substitute for Cholula.

The best Michelada's are Maggi liquid seasoning based. Then add worcestershire, lime juice, cholula and definitely Modelo Especiale.

If tomato sauce has to be used then Picante' Clamato for sure.

TA

Carlos Saldana III
Carlos Saldana III

How can you not have mambos on the list. That's cured numerous hangovers of mine.

FRL713
FRL713

Pico's pours a more authentic michelada with that brown Mexican worcestershire type sauce, so tasty!  I like the red bottled mix type too, but the authentic fresh ones have a deeper flavor.

robokat
robokat

Michelades shouldn't be so red in color...if you go to Mexico they are a brownish color because they are mainly chili pepper based and not tomato based. 

Adam Halperin
Adam Halperin

I'd go back down to the valley and then go virtually anywhere....

Criolla_71
Criolla_71

Mambo's Seafood michelada is the sh1t!

Ben Blake
Ben Blake

me. micheladas are fucking gross.

Pedro Heisenberg
Pedro Heisenberg

Mambos isn't on the list? They have the best one! Not to mention u can buy the michelada sauce and add it to your beer at home!

Amanda Flores
Amanda Flores

Not sure what to make of the "not ashamed" part but whatever. Mambo's seafood.

Flaco Diaz
Flaco Diaz

Captain toms is good I buy it in 32oz cup for take home for the week lol

Owen Dunn
Owen Dunn

Captain Tom's Boat is one of the best seafood places in town

Risa Jenkins
Risa Jenkins

Why would anyone be ashamed to like a Michelada...they are spicy, tangy and delicious!

Jenandtonic
Jenandtonic

My favorites are at Teotihuacan and El Gran Malo. Don't you dare put ice in my michelada!

KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

Thanks for all the suggestions, guys! I know what I'll be doing this weekend...

BP88
BP88

El Tiempo and El Real both have very good ones

KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

@josemvazquez Don't knock Beaver's 'til you've tried it! 

But yeah, I'm getting the idea that I should have tried Mambos. I'd never even heard of it until this comment thread, but I guarantee I'll be drinking there soon!

Mai Pham
Mai Pham topcommenter

@GunsandTacos Mambo's is the King of Micheladas. I like mine with Modelo. Haven't had anything better.

josemvazquez
josemvazquez

@KaitlinS @josemvazquez  I like Beavers, don't get me wrong, it's just that the way the bartender prepared the drink was laughable.  And to top it off, it's not cool when a bartender pretends like a michelada is an "exotic" drink.  But anyways, try Mambos, it's  a bit spicy but its great!

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