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Best Margarita in Austin?

Cybele Jun 25, 2003 03:54 PM

I just moved here from Colorado, and have yet to have a margarita as good as the on-the-rocks ones served at the Rio Grande Restaurant in Boulder. My first margarita in Austin was at Chuy's, and it was one of the weakest drinks I've ever paid $7 for. I thought it must have been a moving-to-sea-level thing, as I am used to consuming them at a mile high, but then I read further down the board that their drinks aren't well-respected. The best I've had so far was a Mexican Martini at Mesa Rosa. Ask for an extra shot of tequila.

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    Jaymes Jun 9, 2013 11:12 AM

    I realize this thread is really old. And "Austin" on Chowhound isn't even in "Texas" anymore, as Austin now has a thread all for itsownself, but still.

    If any of you Margarita lovers find the current standard concoctions way too sweet, and wonder what the original drink tasted like, you should ask for a Margarita WITHOUT that horrible sweet & sour syrup that the bars all use, unless you tell them not to.

    The original drink was tequila, some sort of orange liqueur like Triple Sec or Grand Marnier or Patron Orange, and fresh lime juice. Period. That's it. No sweet & sour. And not frozen. Actually, the classic way is to shake it with ice cubes, and then strain it into the glass, like a martini, but if you don't like your drinks served "straight up," then go ahead and serve it over ice.

    Lately, I've been seeing this original Margarita referred to as a "Skinny Margarita."

    I do like a good "silver" tequila to make it. Especially without the sweet & sour, you can taste the tequila much better and cheap tequila doesn't work as well.

    1. sarajames Jun 9, 2013 05:39 AM

      tres amigos has a really tasty margarita if you like Sauza Conmemorativo tequila. It's named margarita de oro. has triple-sec and fresh squeezed lime juice. loved it.

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        Cybele Aug 1, 2003 05:49 PM

        The last time I visited Mesa Rosa I had one of the worst restaurant meals I have had in my adult life. The chicken fajita taco salad was a greasy fried flour tortilla shell filled with limp chopped iceberg lettuce; anemic, flavorless chopped tomatoes; and bland rubbery chicken breast. Thassit. The salad dressing comprised a side of pasty chile con queso, that had to have been made with Velveeta. A Taco Bell taco salad would have been an improvement.

        The chips and salsa and Mexican Martinis are still good, however. Be sure to ask for a floater of tequila with the Mextini, and eat dinner somewhere else. Oh, and don't dine on the patio when the wind is blowing from the east, or the dumpster smell is pretty bad.

        The kids did like their cheese enchiladas.

        The manager offered to comp our meal next visit, but I told him we would not be back to eat.

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          Paul Freudenburg Jul 30, 2003 05:32 PM

          Try Fonda San Miguel near 45th and mopac - the food is excellent as well. After 2 of these ritas you won't feel any pain.

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            Bob Jun 27, 2003 11:41 AM

            Oh yeah...Manuel's ain't bad, either...

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              Bob Jun 27, 2003 11:40 AM

              Try the ritas at Guero's and Curra's--also Cuba Libre has big tasty house ritas. Z Tejas also has good ones...

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                Val G Jun 29, 2003 03:43 PM

                I find the regular margarita at Gueros on South Congrees to be very straightforward and not too sweet. But small for the price.

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                southerngirl Jun 25, 2003 09:57 PM

                I'm not a big Margarita drinker, but I had a lemongrass Margarita at Saba Blue Water Cafe awhile back.........I loved it! Not sure, if a experienced Margarita drinker would agree.

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                  amysueherexo Jun 25, 2003 04:21 PM

                  sorry to say you just missed the best margarita I'd found. There was a short-lived place on the corner of 2222 and loop 360 called Hu-ya's. AMAZING margaritas (real lime juice, top shelf tequila) anyway, rent got the best of them. prices were way to reasonable for the location. Sorry to see them go...

                  Hopefully, Frank will have the willpower to reincarnate it into something else.

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                    Greg Spence Jun 25, 2003 10:46 PM

                    I vote for the mexican martini at Trudy's made with Sauza Hornitos.

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                      Cybele Jul 2, 2003 12:47 PM

                      Trudy's is on my list. Did you see the recent article in the Chronicle about putting together your home bar? I realized I probably have been throwing money down the drain making margaritas with Grand Marnier and Herradurra Silver, so I bought some Bols Triple Sec and El Jimador at Grape Vine market. We'll see how that works out.

                      When we went to the Oasis (my first time) last Friday, two Hooter's-style women came over to our table (two adults, boys 3 and 5) to give my husband and me coupons for free microshots of "HORNI-toes." It was one of those low-points in the history of civilization moments.

                      And next time we go to The Oasis it will be for "drinks only" on the deck, as someone or two on here suggested. It was so not worth it having dinner there as well, especially dealing with the blockheaded host-staff and the great hike to a table 10 feet away from the table we had our drinks at.

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