Top 4 Places In El Paso To Grab A Great Margarita
There is nothing like an ice cold margarita on the patio on a hot -- heck, even a warm -- El Paso day.
A lot of places claim they were the birthplace of the iconic drink, but the History Channel says Esquire magazine first printed a recipe for Margaritas in a 1953 issue. It called for an ounce of tequila, some triple sec and the juice of half a lime or lemon. But another story has the Margarita being developed in Tijuana in 1938 for a Ziegfeld showgirl who said she was allergic to hard liquor. She said she wasn't allergic to tequila, but didn't want to drink it straight. A restaurant owner put together a drink for the girl, whose name was Marjorie, and called it the 'Margarita' in her honor.
No matter how it got started, here are a few places in El Paso where you can get great margaritas:
My favorite margarita at Carlos and Mickey's is the mango 'rita in the swimming pool size glass. It is chilly, mango-y, and has the perfect amount of tequila. These guys know what they're doing because they've been in business since 1944.
This iconic restaurant began in Juarez in 1944, but moved to El Paso in 1981. They have old-world ambiance and really amazing margaritas. I love a 'rita on the rocks with my salpicon.
It's hard to believe that Kiki's has only been around since 1976 because it seems like it's been an El Paso institution forever. I love the old school bar and the old school margaritas with a plate of crab enchiladas.
Want to hang out at a real El Paso hidden gem that everyone in town knows and has a story about? That would be The Tap. Dive bar, hipster eatery, watering hole of movers and shakers - describe it however you want, but go there for some great food and a really killer 'rita.