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What is the Best Margarita in Dallas?

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Epicurious Esquire Jan 30, 2007 01:29 PM

Even though I find Trece to be rife with the sort of attitude I detest and the food to be good but certainly not great, I sure love me some of their Top Shelf Margaritas. The ground chile pepper on the rim takes them to the next level.

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    ieatdallas RE: Epicurious Esquire Jan 30, 2007 01:43 PM

    No doubt this will prompt a 100 or so replies....I agree with you on Trece but the bad stuff you listed is too much for me to return just for their margaritas. Top shelfs at Mattitos and Rafas are very good. Victors margarita at Javier's will make your world a better place and then ofcourse the Mambo Taxi margarita at Mi Cocina and Taco Diner will always hold a special place in my heart.

    1. air RE: Epicurious Esquire Jan 30, 2007 03:13 PM

      So slightly related... is there anything similar to Trudy's Mexican Martini anywhere in Dallas?

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        stephtx RE: Epicurious Esquire Jan 31, 2007 07:58 AM

        I have to say I like all the margaritas mentioned! In addition, I think that Nuevo Leon has a great margarita. Also, I love the Margarinha at La Duni.

        1. Webra1 RE: Epicurious Esquire Jan 31, 2007 08:10 AM

          Our hands-down favorite place for margarita's is Agave Azul in Carrollton.

          They have over 100 different kinds of tequilas and they don't use a mix. Just tequila, Cointreau/Grand Marnier, and fresh lime. The price are VERY reasonable and they don't skimp on the alcohol. If you are there on a Friday or Saturday night, be sure to ask for Jesse. She is extremely knowledgeable about all of their tequilas and can help you find a brand that you'll like. They don't have chili pepper on the rim, but I bet they'd add it if you request it!

          They also have a "Tequini" which is a Mexican martini.

          The food is also very good and reasonably priced. I always order the specials on the weekend which usually include very fresh seasonal fish.

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            irodguy RE: Webra1 Feb 2, 2007 10:28 AM

            Yep I would second that Agave Azul is awesome. The best time to got there is when it's a bit warmer and eat one of their salads and a margarita. Simply a great place.

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              lckeating RE: irodguy Feb 3, 2007 02:29 PM

              I also agree with Agave Azul. My favorite is their margarita made with Gran Centenario Plata.

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                donnaaries RE: lckeating Feb 3, 2007 06:34 PM

                I don't know about the best since I'm no margarita expert, but I have to agree that Agave Azul serves some mean ones.

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            wwd_mbtch RE: Epicurious Esquire Feb 1, 2007 10:10 AM

            I second the margharitas at Taco Diner...and two is about all you need. Mi Cocina and Primo's are also good.

            1. Maynerd RE: Epicurious Esquire Feb 2, 2007 01:38 PM

              Primo's has a margarita special on Tuesdays and is packed accordingly-quite a floor show. I have a friend that had a 'rita at Mi Cocina (#5?) last night that she said was good but very strong.

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                laurie RE: Epicurious Esquire Feb 3, 2007 05:46 PM

                My tastes in margaritas are a bit lower-scale, I'm afraid. My favorite margarita in all of Dallas is Uncle Julio's Margarita Swirl. Yep, straight out of the slushie machine. Nothing beats it.

                1. vktp RE: Epicurious Esquire Feb 5, 2007 08:30 PM

                  Tried Trece over the weekend for dessert and drinks. I started with the standard house margarita on the rocks. Very smooth (for $10). The chili powder was a great touch. So make that a third vote for Trece.

                  1. The Chowhound Team RE: Epicurious Esquire Feb 5, 2007 09:27 PM

                    Folks, please remember to stay focused on the request by Epicurious Esquire as to where to get the best margaritas in Dallas. Listing recipes for a great margarita are off-topic, but we encourage our posters to start a thread on the Chowhound Spirits board with those recipes so that everyone can enjoy them.

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                      teegee RE: The Chowhound Team Feb 14, 2007 07:26 AM

                      personally, i like margaritas made with FRESH juice. i know the usual recipes call for citrus (IE lemon or lime, solo or together!). but i'm seeing a lot of margaritas lately made with pineapple juice, too. does anyone know where to get fresh pineapple juice?

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                        adkim RE: teegee Feb 15, 2007 02:39 PM

                        that's hilarious. the chowhound team reminds me of a 'hey, guys'

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                      dalaimama RE: Epicurious Esquire Feb 7, 2007 01:19 PM

                      Mi Cocina and Taco Diner use awful tequila. The drinks are really strong, but I don't know that I'd call them good. And they just hit $8.50, which I think is ridiculous, especially for something that isn't top shelf. For the same price or so, I can go to La Duni and get a really fabulous margarita and the chips and salsa beat the heck out of Mico's.

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                        Piegirl RE: Epicurious Esquire Feb 9, 2007 02:55 PM

                        A few people I know enjoy the margs at Ojeda's on Maple as well. I've never tried but I've heard they're lethal! They also come in "baby size," about 1/2 the size of a regular.

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                          Maynerd RE: Piegirl Feb 12, 2007 05:58 AM

                          Ojeda's has a one rita limit if you are not eating, and I believe a 3 rita limit if you are dining.

                        2. jinet12 RE: Epicurious Esquire Feb 10, 2007 09:27 AM

                          La Duni..not frozen, but the very best, hands down...

                          1. Jambon_It RE: Epicurious Esquire Feb 14, 2007 02:48 PM

                            I am a big fan of the "GGM" at Gloria's—lookout if you have more than 2...seriously!
                            It's a frozen swirly mix. And it's always on Happy Hour M-F.

                            Not a fan at all of Mi Cocina's Mambo Taxi...it really is VERY average and NOT as strong as everyone says. I think the prices includes their bill to their interior designer.

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                              kayceekitty RE: Epicurious Esquire Oct 29, 2009 12:01 PM

                              By far and away...Agave Azul's margaritas in Old Town Carrollton right off 35ENorth are the best. If you know your liquors, and especially your tequilas, every one of them is going to be delicious based on your personal preference. If you like them fruity, Agave Azul generally uses fresh fruit juices or purees only. Can't get better. BTW...their food is also very, very good. For an inexpensive, more mundane, but tasty margarita, try Fish City Grill...sounds crazy, but a pitcher of their mango margarita will produce 6 beer mugs full of margarita goodness that will cure what ails you (and a friend or two) without making you blind from too much Blue Ruin and not enough flavor (a la Esparza's in Grapevine..worst margarita around.).

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                              2402 Avenue J, Lubbock, TX 79411

                              Agave Azul
                              2009 W Mile 3 Rd, Mission, TX 78572

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                                Carrollton Foodie RE: kayceekitty Oct 30, 2009 10:05 PM

                                My vote goes to Agave Azul also. I love the flavor of the agave nectar they use in place of simple syrup in their margaritas. That's the first place I had margaritas made that way, although now it's quite a trend. My favorite tequila in their margaritas is Corazon blanco.

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