Whether frozen or on the rocks, spicy or sweet, the margarita is undeniably Dallas' most popular cocktail. After all, the world’s first frozen margarita machine was invented there.
So, of course no visit to Big D would be complete without sampling a few. Wondering where to go? Look no further.
The 'rita experts at VisitDallas (a.k.a. the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau) have sipped their way around the city to come up with the ultimate margarita bucket list and translated it into a mobile app dubbed the "Margarita Mile."
Designed for locals and travelers alike, the app not only displays the venues and a description of their specialty margarita, but it also features a GPS locator and links to transportation options, so you can leave the driving to someone else.
The best part? Users can score exclusive deals and prizes simply by checking in to participating venues. All you need to do is download the app (available for free on Apple Store and Google Play) and you’re ready to go.
Here are 10 tasty spots you should try first:
Wild Salsa's spicy Wild-Rita margarita is sure to make your taste buds tango — Photo courtesy of Joseph Haubert
This downtown Day of the Dead-themed Mexican restaurant devotes almost as much space on its menu to tequila as it does to food. So, as you might expect, Wild Salsa offers a bunch of great margaritas to choose from, including the Wild-Rita, a spicy concoction of jalapeño-infused tequila, lime juice, agave nectar and roasted pineapple.
Bonus perk: Margarita Mile visitors can enjoy a gratis select appetizer (think chicken tinga taquitos with chipotle crema and cotija) with the purchase of a Wild-Rita.
One sip of Urban Taco's Acapulqueña margarita will have you dreaming of the pristine beaches of Acapulco — Photo courtesy of VisitDallas
Dallas’ go-to haunt for gourmet tacos churns out so many margarita combinations it’ll make your head spin. Guests can steer towards sweet drinks like a frozen mango-sangria swirl or stick with our top pick – the Acapulqueña, featuring Casa Noble Crystal tequila, orange liqueur, fresh pineapple, basil and lime.
Another key reason to come to Urban Taco? You can score free chips and assorted salsas with the Margarita Mile app. And half-price libations during happy hour (weekdays from 3-7 p.m.; all day on Thursday) only sweeten the deal.
Stampede 66's Modern Star Canyon margarita is truly an indulgent treat — Photo courtesy of Joseph Haubert
Not only does this Texas-themed restaurant offer an elevated menu of Southern and Mexican specialties, it also cranks out a slew of entertaining margarita options, one of which is the Modern Star Canyon margarita. Prepared tableside, this showstopping tipple incorporates Hornitos Plata tequila, prickly pear puree and Patron Citronage liqueur before being flash frozen with liquid nitrogen. The topping? Candied jalapeño and lime.
Pro tip: Visit Stampede 66 during happy hour (Monday-Friday from 4-7 p.m.) when you can get $2 tacos and complimentary chicharrones.
Beto & Son
The liquid nitrogen margarita at Beto & Son has a wonderfully smooth, velvety texture — Photo courtesy of Joseph Haubert
At this Trinity Groves Mexican eatery, the food is inventive, the waitstaff is attentive and the margaritas are mind-blowing. Among the selection (think margs spiked with mezcal and frozen hibiscus swirls), Beto & Son also features its own version of a liquid nitrogen margarita.
This one is comprised of hand-selected Avion Resposado tequila with agave, orange liqueur, fresh lime juice, a choice of fruit puree and a garnish of encapsulated fruit pearls.
Revolver Taco Lounge
Purists love Revolver Taco Lounge's namesake margarita for its perfect balance of acidity and sweetness — Photo courtesy of Joseph Haubert
This cozy, cult taqueria in Deep Ellum turns out killer street tacos up front and exotic Michoacan-style feasts in the back. But food isn’t the only draw, the libations here are top-notch too. Among the offerings is Revolver Taco’s namesake margarita, made with tequila blanco, orange liqueur, fresh-squeezed lime juice and simple syrup.
Better still, stop by on Tuesday when you can snag one for $5.
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The Rustic's frozen Rimy Rita is a surefire way to cool off in Dallas' summertime heat — Photo courtesy of Joseph Haubert
This sprawling restaurant-cum-bar and live music destination near downtown boasts excellent Texas-inspired cuisine, an epic outdoor patio and some of the most heavenly margaritas in town, including a frozen version that comes garnished with a sangria ice pop. Made with a refreshing blend of Dulce Vida Lime tequila, raspberry liqueur and Cointreau, the Rimy Rita is The Rustic’s ultimate summer sipper.
Oaxacan sea salt adds a nice smoky note to Meso Maya's house margarita — Photo courtesy of Joseph Haubert
Housed inside a renovated tortilla factory, this bustling cantina serves phenomenal Mexican regional fare and equally excellent margaritas. In addition to Meso Maya’s amazing avocado margarita, tequila fans should consider the De La Casa, a truly refreshing cocktail which is made with blue weber agave, Monte Alban tequila blanco and lime juice, and served on the rocks in a glass rimmed with Oaxacan sea salt.
Pair it up with a cup of queso and chips – free for Margarita Mile visitors with the purchase of any margarita.
Taqueria La Ventana
La Ventana adds an orange juice float on top of its house margarita for an extra layer of flavor — Photo courtesy of Joseph Haubert
After you’ve had a taste at Meso Maya, be sure to check out La Ventana, a funky, outdoor eating spot tucked behind the restaurant. While street tacos may be the name of the game here, don’t sleep on their margaritas. The house special blends fresh lemon, lime and orange juice with simple syrup, silver tequila and triple sec. And at $3.75 a pop, you can’t beat the price. Oh, and Margarita Mile visitors get a free churro per purchase.
El Fenix's classic margaritas are consistently voted among the best in Dallas — Photo courtesy of Joseph Haubert
Billed as the birthplace of Tex-Mex cuisine, this 100-year-old restaurant is as well-known for its combo enchilada plates as it is for its lineup of award-winning margaritas. Visitors can choose from seven different margarita variants and opt to bump them up a notch with a splash of top-shelf tequila. But for those who want to keep it classic, the original El Fenix margarita is always a solid choice.
Speaking of solids, there’s free queso, salsa and chips on offer for Margarita Mile visitors.
Mariano’s Hacienda Ranch
Mariano's Frozen Sunburst margarita is fresh and fruity without being too sweet — Photo courtesy of VisitDallas
Of course, no Dallas margarita bucket list is complete without a stop at the restaurant where the frozen margarita was born. Okay, Mariano Martinez didn’t really invent frozen margaritas, but he did devise the machine to make them and the original one now sits on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
Mariano’s authentic frozen margarita is still on the menu, but if you’re only going to try one, it should be the Frozen Sunburst, which combines a sangria swirl with tequila-infused strawberry and mango puree.