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Best Margaritas in Dallas, According to Readers

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Last week we grilled you for details on your favorite margaritas in the city. (Dallas, of course, is the home of the frozen margarita, therefore entitling residents to hold super-serious, super-important opinions on the subject.) The answers varied from old-school places with versions so strong they enforce a three-drink limit, to more newfangled places revamping the classic cocktail with everything from tamarind to serrano peppers. Here, we've mapped the most popular answers for your sipping pleasure. Just be sure to have plenty of enchiladas to soak up all that tequila (a designated driver never hurts, either).


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If spicy is your thing, head to Mesa for their margarita made with serrano-infused tequila. If that's too much for you, there's plenty of fruity varieties, all made with fresh ingredients and never a drop of sour mix in sight.

Gloria's

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Dallas favorite Gloria's is known for margaritas that pack a serious punch. The frozen ones are so cold they'll practically give your tongue frostbite, and you'll definitely feel the buzz before you make it halfway through the first (and most likely, only).

Urban Rio

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This modern Tex-Mex spot in downtown Plano is doing margaritas the right way, with no sour mix in sight. Fruity varieties like kiwi, mango and prickly pear are made with fresh produce rather than sugary-sweet syrups, and a variety of quality tequilas are available on tap.
Bartender Leann Berry whips up a mean selection of exotic margaritas with top-shelf spirits and fresh fruits, including tamarind, prickly pear, and passion fruit-blackberry varieties.

Mi Cocina

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The margaritas at Dallas favorite Mi Cocina are legendary for knocking unsuspecting diners on their asses--the Mambo Taxi, in particular, which is a frozen margarita made with Sauza Blanco and a housemade sangria swirl.

La Duni

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All the cocktails at La Duni are made with Latin flair and fresh-squeezed juices. Try the Margarinha (a mashup of the classic margarita and the caipirinha) for something a little different.

Javier's

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Sure, Javier's might be a little overpriced and overrated, but there are few places better suited to sipping margaritas--which are nicely balanced and fresh, made with high-quality tequila--than their Cigar Room, adorned with giant buffalo heads and lots of leather and dark wood.

Ojeda's Mexican Restaurant

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Ojeda's margaritas are so damn strong, they'll cut you off--you can only have one large if you're not eating, or up to three if you're having a meal.

La Calle Doce

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La Calle Doce's been at it since 1981, so they've pretty much got the margarita thing down pat. Their frozen is textbook perfect--smooth, not too sour or too sweet, and boozy but not overly so.

Mariano's Hacienda

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Obviously there can't be a margarita guide without Mariano's. The frozen margarita machine was invented here, and while the OG machine now resides at the Smithsonian, Mariano's is still serving them up proper, along with a bunch of other varieties including a top-notch rocks version with Don Julio reposado and Pierre Ferrand orange curacao.

Mesa

If spicy is your thing, head to Mesa for their margarita made with serrano-infused tequila. If that's too much for you, there's plenty of fruity varieties, all made with fresh ingredients and never a drop of sour mix in sight.

Gloria's

Dallas favorite Gloria's is known for margaritas that pack a serious punch. The frozen ones are so cold they'll practically give your tongue frostbite, and you'll definitely feel the buzz before you make it halfway through the first (and most likely, only).

Urban Rio

This modern Tex-Mex spot in downtown Plano is doing margaritas the right way, with no sour mix in sight. Fruity varieties like kiwi, mango and prickly pear are made with fresh produce rather than sugary-sweet syrups, and a variety of quality tequilas are available on tap.

Komali

Bartender Leann Berry whips up a mean selection of exotic margaritas with top-shelf spirits and fresh fruits, including tamarind, prickly pear, and passion fruit-blackberry varieties.

Mi Cocina

The margaritas at Dallas favorite Mi Cocina are legendary for knocking unsuspecting diners on their asses--the Mambo Taxi, in particular, which is a frozen margarita made with Sauza Blanco and a housemade sangria swirl.

La Duni

All the cocktails at La Duni are made with Latin flair and fresh-squeezed juices. Try the Margarinha (a mashup of the classic margarita and the caipirinha) for something a little different.

Javier's

Sure, Javier's might be a little overpriced and overrated, but there are few places better suited to sipping margaritas--which are nicely balanced and fresh, made with high-quality tequila--than their Cigar Room, adorned with giant buffalo heads and lots of leather and dark wood.

Ojeda's Mexican Restaurant

Ojeda's margaritas are so damn strong, they'll cut you off--you can only have one large if you're not eating, or up to three if you're having a meal.

La Calle Doce

La Calle Doce's been at it since 1981, so they've pretty much got the margarita thing down pat. Their frozen is textbook perfect--smooth, not too sour or too sweet, and boozy but not overly so.

Mariano's Hacienda

Obviously there can't be a margarita guide without Mariano's. The frozen margarita machine was invented here, and while the OG machine now resides at the Smithsonian, Mariano's is still serving them up proper, along with a bunch of other varieties including a top-notch rocks version with Don Julio reposado and Pierre Ferrand orange curacao.

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