While there are conflicting stories around who created the margarita first, we do know for certain that the first frozen margarita machine was created right here in Dallas by Mariano Martinez, the founder of Mariano’s and La Hacienda Ranch, back in the 1970s. His first machine is now housed at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Sounds like a great contender for an episode of Drunk History
Whether you prefer your margarita frozen or on the rocks, we’ve rounded up a list of the best places to grab one.
Mariano’s Hacienda Ranch
Various locations (including La Hacienda Ranch) Mariano’s Hacienda Ranch
offers a variety of margaritas, both frozen and on the rocks. You can choose between potent, sweet, tart or spicy. We love the Mariano Margarita. It is their smoothest margarita made with Don Julio Reposado, fresh lime, Cointreau, hand-shaken and served on the rocks with lime. Drink more than one and you will likely be ordering an Uber ride home.
Various locations Mi Cocina
has long been known for its Mambo Taxi margaritas, but have you tried their jalapeño-agave margarita? If not, you’re missing out on some sweet heat. If you order it frozen, agave nectar is layered with a base of frozen margarita and chilled. If you prefer it on the rocks, it is shaken and topped with homemade jalapeño salsa.
The Itza y Popo margarita at Mi Dia from Scratch.
Mi Dia from Scratch
Mi Dia From Scratch
Several things make Mi Dia's
margaritas unique: they use only blue agave tequilas; they use lemons over limes, which they feel provides a more consistent flavor year around; and finally organic light agave nectar is used for a subtle sweet balance. We love their Mexican Candy frozen margarita with Chamoy, mango and Tajin.
200 Main St. (Fort Worth)
With an extensive tequila list and certified beverage mixologists, Toro Toro
mixes some of the tastiest margaritas in town. Enjoy $5 house margaritas all day and elevate the occasion as margarita enthusiasts are invited to "craft a margarita." Customize every detail to create a cocktail that represents your taste for only $10.
Sueño Modern Mex-Tex
800 W. Arapaho Road (Richardson)
The margarita menu at Sueño Modern Mex-Tex
is extensive and creative. Of course, they sell traditional margaritas on the rocks, frozen or swirl, but they also offer twists on the traditional with options like a blackberry margarita, tamarind margarita and mango margarita. Our favorite is called The Foosh is Loose and it is a house frozen margarita topped with a Jalisco Cognac floater and rimmed with their homemade Hibiscus Tajin. And if you want to watch art in the making, be sure to grab a seat at the bar. The bartenders here know a thing or two about the beauty of cocktails, and it is fascinating to watch them in action.
Beto & Son
3011 Gulden Lane (Trinity Groves)
If you want a margarita that comes with a true experience, be sure to check out the chef-prepared tableside Frozen Nitro Rita at Beto and Sons
. They start with lime juice and agave nectar poured together in a metal bowl. Next comes the Avoin Reposado tequila and DeKuyper 03 (an orange liqueur), and then the liquid nitrogen is poured in and within minutes, you have a delicious frozen margarita. The texture is like sorbet versus slushie and they top the drink with encapsulated fruit pearls which explode with flavor when they are in your mouth.
4931 W. Lovers Lane (Park Cities)
As you can see, margaritas are not hard to come by in Dallas, but great ones are not always easy to find. That is, unless you go to José
. They keep it simple here with Avion tequila, Cointreau, lime juice and agave nectar. They also have seasonal frozen margaritas, which are our go-to when we visit. Don't miss their margarita kits available to order online
for pick-up for your next backyard party.
Ebb and Flow
2651 Commerce St. (Deep Ellum) or 7300 Lone Star Drive (Shops at Legacy, Plano)
The thing we like about Ebb and Flow
in Deep Ellum is that it's swank, but not pretentious. It's hipster-ish, but by no means exclusive. And the drinks from the bar are always spot on. Try the Garden Margarita with a touch of cucumber, cilantro and jalapeño that plays well with the agave, lemon and lime.
Las Almas Rotas 3615 Parry Ave. (Fair Park) Las Almas Rotas
, a mezcaleria located right outside of Fair Park, is a bar that's sole purpose is highlighting the spirits of Mexico. They serve dozens of brands of tequila, mezcal and sotol. Their classic margarita has been recognized as one of the best in Dallas because you can’t go wrong with fresh, quality ingredients and well-made tequila and mezcal.
El Vecino 718 N. Buckner Blvd. (Casa Linda)
Family-owned and operated El Vecino
serves some great margaritas, including their swirl margarita, El Romolino. From 3-6 p.m. on weekdays, and for weekend brunch, you can enjoy the frozen, rocks, and El Romolino for $5 each. Check them out on Tuesdays, the only day they serve chile rellenos
Primo’s MX Kitchen Various Locations Primo’s MX Kitchen
and Lounge is well known for its delicious margaritas. Check out their daily specials at all their locations for margarita specials, like their Tuesday Patio Party at their Uptown location with $4.99 margaritas. Their house frozen margarita is made with Uno Por Favor blanco tequila ($6) and for an extra $2 add a sangria swirl.
Milagro Taco Cantina 440 Singleton Blvd. (Trinity Groves) Milagro Taco Cantina
is one of our Top 100 restaurants not just because of the obvious great tacos. We also love their campeona burger with shrimp and crunchy chicharron crumble. And now, they have their house margaritas ready for take-out. So if you're looking to hang out on your couch, this is a great option.