Thanks to its close proximity to the border, H-Town not only offers some of the best traditional Mexican food and Tex-Mex in the country, but we have some of the best margaritas as well. If an outdoor patio plus a cold margarita is your solution to a long workday, you’ll be floating on cloud nine through a salty sea of tequila in Houston. — Amber Hilton 

Rudy’s Grill & Cantina

11760 Grant Road
Cypress, TX 77429
(281) 370-9766

With so many Mexican restaurants mixing up margaritas in Houston not many restaurants can call themselves “the best,” but Rudy’s Grill & Cantina earned the right in 2008 when they were named the “Best Restaurant Margarita in Texas.” Locally owned and operated by Rudy Zuniga – who has more than 25 years of experience as a restaurateur – Rudy’s serves up world-famous margaritas thanks to a secret special recipe. The margarita menu here includes four signature original margaritas and five special frozen varieties. The drink menu also includes a long list of specialty drinks and smooth shooters. Happy Hour is offered every Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Lupe Tortilla

North Houston/FM 1960 Location
15315 North Freeway
Houston, TX 77090
(281) 873-6220

This local chain is well known for serving up some of the most decadent margaritas in all of Texas. Lupe’s has been serving the Houston area since 1983, with several locations and an authentic Mexican menu. The fresh sizzling fajitas rival the best in Texas, but what really keeps the customers coming back are the margaritas. Whether you like them fresh or frozen, Lupe’s has concocted the perfect blend. You’ll barely taste the tequila, but you’ll still want to bring a designated driver if you plan to have more than one. Lupe Tortilla currently has 11 locations in and around Houston (the contact info above is for the North Houston location only). Visit the website to find info about the location nearest you, including hours of operation.

The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation

2704 Navigation Boulevard
Houston, TX 77003
(713) 228-1175

Established in 1973 by “Mama Ninfa,” Ninfa’s on Navigation has earned a reputation as a Houston landmark, serving authentic Mexican fare and pouring some of the best margaritas in Houston. Ninfa’s margaritas are served on the rocks with key lime or blended with ice, by the glass or by the pitcher. The margarita lists includes eight delectable recipes, from the Blackberry Margarita with Patron Silver to the Texas Grapefruit Margarita, made with El Gran Jubileo Silver. Ninfa’s drink menu also includes a whopping 11 different kinds of tequila, which accounts for their excellence in margaritas. Tequila connoisseurs choose from Silver Patron, El Maguey, Don Julio, and Jose Cuervo, just to name a few. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.