From swirled with sangria to on the rocks with salt, the margarita mecca that is Dallas-Fort Worth houses an infinite supply of top-shelf tequila drinks to satisfy even the most discerning aficionado.
Not your everyday marg, the Rumba Rita has become the Mattito’s mascot and its most popular beverage among Dallas-Fort Worth diners. Order this house specialty for only $5 during happy hour. Multiple locations, www.mattitos.com.
Purists will enjoy the standard Micorita made with Herradura Jimador tequila or the Meserita, a variation that includes Cointreau. Those who prefer a low-calorie libation should opt for the “Size 2,” a combination of Herradura Silver tequila, citrus and a dash of Splenda. 4444 McKinney Ave., Dallas.
If you’ve never had an avocado margarita, you’re missing out. The smooth, creamy avocado balances the bite of the tequila while the spicy, salted rim adds the perfect punch of flavor. While it’s nearly impossible to just have one, the restaurant’s menu of elevated Mexican cuisine is just as delectable as the drinks. 1611 McKinney Ave. and 11909 Preston Road, Dallas.
Aside from delicious food and an impressive array of tableside guacamole fixings, Mi Dia’s tequila bar in Grapevine offers a wide selection of flights, frozen concoctions and top-shelf variations of the ultimate tequila drink. Signature margaritas such as The Horny Toes, The Godfather and the I Can’t Drive 55 (which features tequila from rock star Sammy Hagar) are made with fresh ingredients and a unique flair. If the options are overwhelming, order the restaurant’s Margarita of the Month. 1295 S. Main St., Grapevine.
If there was ever a Tex-mex institution that encapsulates Fort Worth, it’s Joe T. Garcia’s. The pitchers are a nice perk, and the patio is one of DFW’s best. 2201 N. Commerce St., Fort Worth.
Blue Mesa’s impressive tequila menu features a seemingly endless range of blanco, reposado, anejo and premium liquors. For more inexperienced tequila drinkers, unique cocktails such as the Strawberry Fresca with muddled strawberries and ginger beer are sure to please the palate. Multiple locations, www.bluemesagrill.com.
Though margaritas are a staple of the Southwest, the Mambo Taxi could constitute the official drink of Dallas-Fort Worth. The frozen beverage, a swirly blend of sangria and tequila, was made popular by the Mi Cocina chain, but sister restaurant Taco Diner serves up the same secret recipe. Multiple locations, www.micocinarestaurants.com.
For white-tablecloth gourmet dining, a classy cigar lounge and a top-shelf tequila bar, head to Javier’s. An unassuming, stand-alone restaurant in the heart of Highland Park, the upscale restaurant’s intimate ambiance is ideal for enjoying a post-dinner nightcap or celebratory cocktail. 4912 Cole Ave., Dallas.
Mariano’s became a Dallas institution when it revolutionized the frozen margarita process. The trick? An up-cycled 7-Eleven Slurpee machine that paved the way for the first frozen margarita machine, a historic contraption that’s now housed in the Smithsonian Museum. With mango, strawberry and original flavors always on tap, there’s an opportunity to mix-and-match, or opt for a traditional top-shelf margarita at the bar. 6300 Skillman St., Dallas.
Another Fort Worth Tex-mex gem, The Original Mexican Eats Café has a signature margarita menu that’s kept customers coming back since 1926 (even President Franklin D. Roosevelt was a frequent visitor in the 1930s). If you don’t mind the heat, try the jalapeno margarita served with freshly diced peppers. 4713 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth.