Food & Drink

What is the Margarita Mile?

Your guide to the best margaritas in Dallas.

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David C Justin
Posted on Aug 12, 2022

As the Official Home of the Frozen Margarita, Dallas has a reputation to uphold. The margaritas here can't just be great. They have to be absolutely fantastic. Luckily, our local libation specialists have identified the best and brightest margaritas in the city. Discover the best of the best for yourself by journeying down the Margarita Mile.

 

From classic recipes to innovative experimentation, the Margarita Mile is your chance to indulge moderately in the best margaritas that Dallas offers. Plus, by tracking your progress by checking in to designated stops, you can win prizes and earn the right to claim the title of Rita Rockstar.

 

Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Big D's famed Margarita Mile.

 

What is the Margarita Mile?

The Margarita Mile is a self-guided tour of the best margaritas throughout Dallas served at some of the most delicious restaurants in the city. While most are close to the city center, we're happy to provide stops in some of Dallas' most popular neighborhood beyond Downtown.

 

How long is the Margarita Mile?

Everything is bigger in Texas and that includes the Margarita Mile. While most restaurants are located within five miles of each other close to downtown, there are two stops on the tour way out at DFW International Airport for any airborne visitors wishing to kick off or wrap up their Dallas adventure with a refreshing drink.  

 

How did Dallas become the Official Home of the Frozen Margarita?

It's all thanks to Mariano Martinez. In 1971, Mariano's Hacienda couldn't keep up with the demand for their delicious margaritas. The consistency wasn't very, well, consistent. So Mariano and a friend, Frank Adams, tinkered with an old soft-serve ice cream machine and invented the world's first frozen margarita machine. The rest is delicious history.

 

How do I track my progress on the Margarita Mile?

To track your progress, just visit MargaritaMileDallas.com and click 'Get Started' to sign up. No app is required. You'll get a text and email giving you access to the site where you can quickly check in whenever you visit a new stop on the tour.

 

What prizes can I win?

Check in at three restaurants and you'll earn the title of Rita Rookie and receive a Margarita Mile sticker. Check in at ten restaurants and you'll be upgraded to Marg MVP. That comes with a limited-edition Margarita Mile t-shirt sent by mail. Check in at 20 restaurants and you'll achieve legendary status as a Rita Rockstar. Only the most dedicated Margarita Milers earn this title. And as a reward, you'll be entered to win the Dallas Prize Package – a two-night stay in Dallas with passes to local attractions and more.

 

What restaurants and bars are on the tour?

We'll do you one better. Here are the 22 restaurants and cocktail bars on the Margarita Mile and the margaritas they're known for.

 

Beto & Son – Located in the Trinity Groves neighborhood, this family-owned restaurant serves up next-gen Mexican food and the innovative Liquid Nitrogen Margarita. Prepared (and frozen!) at your table, it features Beto & Son's exclusive Avion Reposado Tequila and fruit-encapsulated pearls.

 

Cafe Herrera – The vibrant Downtown restaurant serves authentic, upscale Mexican cuisine complemented by their signature Maximo Margarita featuring Salerno blood orange liqueur, Maestro Dobel Diamante Tequila and a black sea salt rim.

 

Cantina Laredo – Cantina Laredo is the perfect start for anyone flying into Dallas. With two locations at DFW International Airport and one at Dallas Love Field, you'll start your visit off right with the Casa Rita featuring Monte Alban Agave Silver Tequila and fresh-squeezed lemon and lime juices.

 

Desert Racer Margarita
Desert Racer Margarita

Desert Racer – This Baja-inspired Tex-Mex restaurant can be found in Lower Greenville serving a classic Frozen Margarita made with Monte Albam Tequila, triple sec, simple syrup and lime. Jazz it up by adding flavors like Red Fresno, Strawmegranate or Hibiscus.

 

El Fenix – The Tex-Mex icon is still a fan favorite after more than 100 years of serving delicious food and the "Original" El Fenix Margarita. Frozen or on the rocks, the "Original" has been voted "D's Best" by readers of D Magazine for five years running. 

 

Fearing's and the Rattlesnake Bar – The creation of celebrity chef Dean Fearing and located inside the Ritz-Carlton, Fearing's and the Rattlesnake Bar is the place to see and be seen. The food's outrageously good, too. But the real reason to go is Dean's Signature Margarita featuring Santo Reposado Tequila, Damiana Liqueur, agave nectar and fresh lime. 

 

Gloria's Latin Cuisine – Serving an artful blend of Salvadorian, Mexican and Tex-Mex favorites, Gloria's uses the freshest, quality ingredients in every dish and the Senora Flora Margarita. Hand-crafted with Herradura Reposado Tequila, golden falernum, lime juice and hibiscus extract, the Senora Flora is as delicious as it is aromatic.

 

Happiest Hour – This double-decker patio bar and lounge has excellent ambiance and even better views of the Dallas skyline. It's the perfect place to reconnect with friends while sharing the Mi Familia Margarita. Served in an oversized glass and intended to serve a party of four, the Mi Familia features Avion Silver Tequila and Aperol.

 

Jalisco Norte – Acclaimed Chef Jose Meza serves modern Mexican cuisine in this upscale, Uptown restaurant. The signature margarita is the elevated Rita Champ, perfected with Milagro Silver Tequila, Solerno blood orange liqueur and topped with sparkling rosé.

 

Joe Leo Fine Tex Mex – Known for their famous sizzling fajitas and fresh tortillas, Joe Leo's offers lush dining inside or out on the patio, where you can enjoy The Roasarita – a frozen cocktail with three layers of margarita, mango spritz and sangria.

 

Jose – Chef Anastacia Quiñones-Pittman consistently produces award-winning cuisine, like lobster tacos, at this rustic-but-chic restaurant in North Dallas. The Squozen Margarita features Casamigos Blanco Tequila, an organic light blue agave nectar and a custom-made Turbo Salt rim.

 

Las Palmas Tex Mex – Craveable Tex-Mex in a nostalgic, tree-lined setting in Uptown? Yes, please. Las Palmas' House Frozen Margarita is a refreshing take on the classic but with an extraordinary hint of Mexican vanilla.

Mariano's
Mariano's

 

Mariano's Hacienda – The birthplace of the frozen margarita machine. Fun fact: the original machine is on exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of American History. Another fun fact: the Mariano margarita is as smooth as it gets with a perfect ratio of Don Julio Reposado, fresh lime and Cointreau.

 

Meso Maya – Blending Mexican and Mayan cuisine, Meso Mayo offers bold, earthy flavors and made-from-scratch tortillas and sauces. Kick your dining experience up a notch with the sweet and spicy Serrano Berry Margarita featuring muddled strawberries, serrano peppers and Soccoro Tequila Blanco.

 

Ruins – Despite the name, there are no disasters in this art-centric cocktail bar in historic Deep Ellum. Celebrating the agave and tropical spirits of Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Diabólico Margarita features mezcal, blanco tequila, Strega, fuego bitters and chicha morada – a Peruvian purple corn drink.

 

Taqueria La Ventana – This funky, fast and casual taqueria offers everyday Mexico City street food and outdoor dining on their Instagram-worthy patio. The Mango Chamoy Margarita is a swirly, spicy, sweet frozen wonder made with mango puree, El Jimador Blanco Tequila and chamoy chili straw.

 

Te Deseo – Located in Uptown, this beautiful Latin American-inspired restaurant features multiple dining rooms, four bars and a stunning rooftop overlooking the city where you can enjoy the Te Deseo Coconut Margarita. A creamy and tropical twist on the original, this margarita features Olmeca Altos Plata Tequila.

 

Tejas
Tejas

Tejas – Combining the best of Texas and Mexico in the heart of the Bishop Arts District, Tejas is known as the "Sexy Tex-Mex of DTX." Their refreshing and clean Tejas Cucumber Margarita is best served on the rocks, on the patio and surrounded by friends.

 

Terry Black's Barbeque – We know this isn't Tex-Mex or any other Latin-inspired cuisine. Still, there's nothing in the rules that says authentic Texas-style barbecue can't be perfectly paired with a delicious margarita. The Frozen Black's Margarita is a mix of silver tequila, mezcal, triple sec and a unique black concoction that remains a Black family secret.

 

The Rustic – The Rustic is the neighborhood hangout your parents encouraged you to find. This fun indoor-outdoor restaurant in Uptown serves savory, homestyle meals with live music from local artists. The Legendary Rustic Rita is a perfect blend of Osadia Tequila Blanco and frozen sour mix with mango extract. If that isn't enough, it's topped with a mango popsicle infused with Patrón Tequila and dipped in Tajin.

 

Tulum – Named after the ancient city of Tulum, this rustic-yet-refined coastal dining experience will give you major ocean vibes. The unique yet bold-flavored Vacation Romance Margarita features Montelobos Espadín Mezcal and mole bitters.

 

Yellow Rosa Cocktaileria – Inspired by the beaches of Tulum and the cantinas of San Miguel de Allende, the Yellow Rosa Cocktaileria will transport your tastebuds to one of Mexico's best-known cultural destinations. This is especially true when you try their Creamy Mango Margarita featuring Altos Silver Tequila, mango reduction and heavy cream.