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Who Serves the Best Margaritas in Dallas?

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Mariano's, home of the OG frozen margarita machine.
Mariano's, home of the OG frozen margarita machine.
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Ah, the margarita. Its origins are hazy, but what is clear about the margarita is that Dallas helped it skyrocket to popularity. The frozen margarita machine, of course, was invented here in 1971 by Mariano Martinez as an easier way to whip up the icy, boozy concoction that pairs so perfectly with the Tex-Mex cuisine we hold dear. Not all margaritas are created equally, however—many establishments have fallen victim to the lures of cost efficiency and convenience and rely on pre-made, nuclear-colored mixes. Luckily, there are plenty of places in Dallas doing it right, with fresh-squeezed lime juice and high-quality tequila.

But a margarita is a very subjective thing; what's ideal for one person may be too boozy or too sweet for another, and some like 'em frozen while others prefer on the rocks. So we want to hear from our readers: Who serves, in your opinion, the very best margaritas in the city? Let us know in the comments or via the tipline; we'll compile the most popular answers into a map for your perusal later this week.

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