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Best Margaritas in Central Austin?

toripowell Jul 18, 2008 05:34 PM

I'm new to Austin and want to marg my way through town. I love that this place is packed with good food and drink but if I don't start small and basic I'll never figure things out. I know all about Mexican martinis, but let's stay focused here. Margaritas. I need real lime, I need to avoid W 6th, and I need to stay in central Austin. Please help me. I've been to Guero's and Trudy's already, so what's next???

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    toripowell RE: toripowell Jul 18, 2008 10:09 PM

    Tonight I tried Cedar Door. The waitress told me they just got the machine to do their Mexican martinis frozen, so I got one (salted) and was pretty into it. However, they tasted a little mixed-based. Just reporting back.

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      kasrg1 RE: toripowell Jul 18, 2008 10:13 PM

      I do not know if this is central enough for you...but try Jorges on Hancock. (Right off Mopac). Ask them to make it handmade. Enough said!

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        gulch RE: toripowell Jul 19, 2008 05:35 AM

        Welcome to Austin and try to"Keep Austin Weird!" Guero's Taco Bar on S Congress doesn't mess around. Original handshaken, tart and pure. Second best, down the street South Congress Cafe, owned by Trudy's has a frozen varietal that will sneak upon you. Opal Divines is boasting pure agave tequila, agave nector and lime, haven't tried it out yet. Ranch 616 makes a pretty solid one too. Have fun and stayed hydrated in between.

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          Donko RE: toripowell Jul 21, 2008 11:15 PM

          Check out Z Tejas on W. 6th - west of Lamar, (I hope this doesn't fall w/in the area that you need to avoid!). I'm normally not too into frozen margaritas, but I do love their Fruit Infused. A prickly pear margarita is sometimes available, which is really tasty. The shrimp tostadas are a nice accompaniment to the drinks. If you're at the north location near the arboretum, try the cornbread...

          If you haven't tried Baby Acapulco's on Barton Springs yet, you must. It's a right of passage for Austin newcomers. The first time I was there, I had two before needing to go to the bathroom. When I tried to get up from my table, I could barely stand! Some say that the purple ones are the strongest (don't you just love how restaurants in town can still serve a margarita called "Purple"?), but I think that they're all pretty equal...The food is mediocre at best, but at least get an appetizer. It's good to have something solid in your stomach

          Anyways, good luck.

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            cibodivino RE: toripowell Jul 22, 2008 08:14 AM

            The quest for a great margarita is an elusive one. Personally, I am constantly disappointed by the margaritas served in Austin. The best I have found is at Fonda San Miguel. The best margarita in Texas, imo, is Soluna in San Antonio.

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              LakeLBJ RE: toripowell Jul 22, 2008 08:18 AM

              Matt's El Rancho is a must for margaritas. Grab a large Bob while you're there.

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                mkwng RE: toripowell Jul 22, 2008 07:48 PM

                Want something different? Chilango margarita at El Chile (orange/chile blend). Or the Avocado margarita at Curra's. I also like the margaritas at Maudie's and Manuel's.

                There's also a thread on this here - http://www.chowhound.com/topics/429415

                1. coco_beware RE: toripowell Jul 23, 2008 08:31 PM

                  I like the huckleberry ones at the Roaring Fork.

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                    yehudimenuhin RE: toripowell Jul 24, 2008 11:33 AM

                    Ranch 616's house marg is yummy, tart and strong. 100% agave tequila, real lime juice. Short glass with coarse salt.

                    Also, they do a fancy one with a Del Maguey mezcal floater. And they're famous for their Ranch Water (marg with topo chico), but I'm not a huge fan.

                    90% of the time I go there, it's just to drink margs at the bar.

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                      toripowell RE: toripowell Jul 24, 2008 02:43 PM

                      Thanks, everybody. Tomorrow's Friday and I get to test your advice!!

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                        paulaustex RE: toripowell Jul 28, 2008 05:15 PM

                        Go down and have a mad dog margarita at the Texas Chili Parlor. Sign the release and order a bowl of XXX while you're at it. Pick up a copy of Guy Clark's Dublin Blues and sing along afterwards. Welcome to Austin.

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                          pogo RE: toripowell Jul 30, 2008 09:39 AM

                          Seconding the Chilango at El Chile. I also like their prickly pear margarita, but only advise it if you have a sweet tooth.

                          Also, the margarita at Santa Rita on 38th (where the food is mediocre, at best) is outstanding! You have to order a special one on the drink menu -- I forget what it's called, maybe tradicional? -- but it's made with but Goodflow lime juice, and is just right! Not too sugar-y, chemical-y sweet, but full of lovely cold tequila and sour, sour lime.

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