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Boston's Best Margaritas

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So, Boston isn’t exactly known as the Mexican food capital of the world, but there are some fine spots dedicated to the craft of creating margaritas. Here, not necessarily in any order, are 10 of the best.

La Verdad Taqueria

1 Lansdowne St., 617-421-9595

In March of 2008, Bon Appetit Magazine named chef Ken Oringer’s Fenway establishment as having the “Best Mexican Food in the U.S.,” but that’s only half the reason to visit this spot on Lansdowne Street. The long list of tequila employed here assures great margaritas for any taste palette. Combined with a specially-created house sour mix, patrons are assured an original drink that is often mentioned as one of the best in the city. 

 

The Border Cafe

32 Church St., Cambridge, 617-864-6100

Probably the most inexpensive menu of margaritas on the list, but that doesn’t mean the Border skimps on taste or quality. Start out with a frozen Margarita Grande ($5.50), then hit the rocks and work your way up to the Hornitos ($7.75) and the special Patron margarita ($8.50). Fill up afterward with the ridiculously-priced Tex-Mex specials, including the crispy, delicious corn and black bean empanadas ($6.96). 

 

Sunset Cantina

916 Commonwealth Ave., 617-731-8646

You’ll notice a similar food and beer menu here to sister Sunset Grill, but this Commonwealth Avenue location has made its own distinction thanks to its diverse tequila and margarita menus. For a super splurge, go with either the Mob Boss ($35.99), which includes Patron Platinum, or the $59.99 Billionaires Margarita, made with a special, top-shelf aged Don Julio Real. 

 

Sol Azteca

914 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-262-0909 and 75 Union St., Newton, 617-964-0920

No disrespect to the sangria, named “Best of Boston” by Boston Magazine, but the margaritas are no slouch either at this Mexican restaurant with locations in Newton and Brookline. On a hot day, enjoy the frozen mango margarita ($7.50). For special occasions, the Cadillac ($8.25) or Patron Anejo, which means “aged” ($11.50) will do just fine. 

 

Cactus Club

939 Boylston St., 617-236-0200

The Cactus Club probably has the most-talked about margarita, thanks its location, smack-dab in the middle of the Back Bay, making it a popular after-work and weekend destination. The Improper Bostonian, among others, has called it the best in the city, thanks to a secret, homemade sour mix that puts it over the edge. Choose from basic, horni, perfect, mojito, platinum, or traditional margaritas. As for the portions, well, let’s just say you won’t feel sorry. You may, however, be calling into work come morning. 

 

 

East Coast Grill

1271 Cambridge St., 617-491-6568

There’s a limited menu of margaritas at this Cambridge restaurant, one of the most well-liked in Boston, but the East Coast Grill does plenty with what it offers. Made from their own sour mix options range from the house margarita ($7.50) to the Agave Margarita ($10.50), featuring milagro tequila and agave nectar. Thirsty? Go with the pint for just $8.50. 

 

Fajitas and Ritas

25 West St., No. 1, 617- 426-1222

There’s an extremely extensive drink menu at this downtown restaurant, highlighted by the margaritas. Choose from a glass ($4.67-$4.91) or liter ($12.85-$13.85) of the frozen options, or the “Straight Up” ($4.67), in addition to a long list of specialty tequilas. Located just steps from the Financial District, Fajitas and Ritas is another popular spot for after-work gatherings.

 

Casa Romero

30 Gloucester St., 617-536-4341

One of the most authentic Mexican restaurants the area has to offer, this Cambridge spot offers some of the most unique margaritas available. How about the Apple Sour Tequila Cocktail ($9) or the house original “Romerita” ($9.50), featuring El Jimador Tequila Reposado. 

 

Ole Mexican Grill

11 Springfield St., Cambridge, 617-492-4495

Ole has been voted best Mexican restaurant in the area by numerous publications, and a big part of that is the margarita list, featuring favorites such as the Ole Margarita and the Bella Rita, a hibiscus-infused creation. Ole also features flights of tequila. Yes, really. 

 

Masa Southwest Bar and Grill

439 Tremont St., 617-338-8884

This South End Tex-Mex favorite boasts an original lineup of margaritas, including the Sangria Margarita ($10), the Haberno Watermelon Margarita ($10), and the Cucumber Anaheim Margarita ($11). 

 

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