8 of the Most Creative Margaritas in Dallas

The following post was originally written for and published on Dallasites101 Blog. To read the full version click here.

One of the best parts about living in Texas is the artful adoption of Mexican cuisine into our daily diet. The margarita is (of course) an essential piece of that. While there isn’t a lot that beats a traditional margarita on the rocks (or frozen) there are also a lot of creative takes on the margarita around town that allow you to have some fun and mix it up!


CHAMPAGNE PRICKLY PEAR MARGARITA

TWO MULES CANTINA AT TEXICAN COURT HOTEL

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CHAMPAGNE PRICKLY PEAR MARGARITA: TEXICAN COURT HOTEL

Is there any place more perfect to celebrate National Margarita Day (or month) than at the Southwestern-themed urban retreat hotel, Texican Court? Their Two Mules Cantina is serving up a Champagne Prickly Pear Margarita to pay homage to the month of love. Made with Milagro Silver Tequila, Cointreau, prickly pear syrup, fresh lime juice, agave nectar and topped with champagne, the raspberry-watermelon-like taste of the prickly pear is sure to make anyone fall in love.

They top it off with a glass rimmed with sugar for a sweet ending to your sip! And if you’re looking to celebrate both Valentine’s and National Margarita Day, make a staycation out of it by booking a room overlooking the retro pool! You can sip on margs all night long!

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BIG RED-RITA

MIA’S TEX-MEX

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BIG RED RITA: MIA’S TEX-MEX

If you are looking for a really great dive Tex-Mex restaurant, look no further than Mia’s Tex-Mex, but don’t expect it to be a hidden gem with no wait- it’s a beloved Dallas institution serving the community for over 40 years. Do expect excellent margaritas, and for those who are fans of Big Red Soda, Mia’s Tex-Mex has a treat for you! They serve a huge goblet of frozen margarita with an entire bottle of Big Red Soda tipped upside down inside. This unique margarita costs about $12 and perfectly complements the one taco that Mia’s is famous for: their Brisket Taco.

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HIBISCUS CHAMPAGNE MARGARITA

MIA DIA FROM SCRATCH

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HIBISCUS CHAMPAGNE MARG: MIA DIA FROM SCRATCH

The Hibiscus Champagne Margarita has been created by the Mixologists at Mi Dia from Scratch to give their patrons a really cool “Wow” factor as they enjoy their meal. Served in a large martini glass, the bartender pours the Margarita Mix over the dry ice, followed by an entire tiny bottle of Champagne! Because of this fun presentation of this sweet and flowery cocktail, this specialty margarita is perfect for any celebration (especially birthdays and bachelorettes). It will also give you the perfect footage for any Snapchat or Instagram story.

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MAMBO TAXI

MI COCINA

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MAMBO TAXI: MI COCINA 

How could we write an article about  margaritas and not include the Holy Grail of them all – the Mambo Taxi?! Mi Cocina has been around for decades now, opening back in 1991. When we first arrived in Dallas, we were told we needed to go immediately for some classic Dallas Tex-Mex. Upon arrival, we spotted a frozen swirl of yellow and purple on every other table – that was the  Mambo Taxi, one of the most popular margaritas in all of Dallas! It’s made with Sauza Silver Tequila, lime juice, housemade sangria with Pinot Noir, brandy and juices, giving it that Instagrammable swirl look to it!

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ACTIVATED CHARCOAL MARGARITA

RESIDENT TAQUERIA

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ACTIVATED CHARCOAL MARG: RESIDENT TAQUERIA

Using his knowledge from his unique culinary background, Chef Savoie is able to create an amazing fusion of flavor in his tacos and margaritas. Think a Pecan Smoked Chicken, Glazed Pork Belly, Caramelized cauliflower, and Slow Cooked Mushroom. All of these tacos go well with their signature Activated Charcoal Margarita. Do not let the name fool you! It tastes like lemon (sort of) and makes you feel healthy, while still indulging in a margarita!

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AVOCADO MARGARITA

MESO MAYA

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AVOCADO MARG: MESO MAYA

Meso Maya has some of the best upscale Mexican cuisine in DFW, with a focus on the interior regions of Mexico. Between the delicious food and Latin atmosphere, we love taking out of town guests to Meso Maya, but a meal wouldn’t be complete without the Avocado Margarita! Think muddled avocado, pineapple and lime juice, Cointreau and tequila. If it sounds like it would taste like a non-sweet smoothie, think again. It’s light and refreshing and it a surprisingly amazing treat!

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MATCHA GARDEN

JINYA RAMEN BAR

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MATCHA GARDEN MARG: JINYA RAMEN BAR

Another unique feature about Dallas, that we love is the amazing Asian Fusion food. Jinya Ramen Bar is one of the best locations that serves Asian Fusion in Dallas. Restaurant founder, Tomonori Takahashi, does a fantastic job at fusing Japanese Ramen with our favorite Mexican flavors. The Matcha Garden includes house-made Matcha tequila, prosecco and basil Green Tea Margarita is no exception and is sure to please. This refreshing cocktail goes best with the Slurp Up Cilantro Ramen, Spicy Creamy Vegan Ramen, and the Salmon Poke Mini Tacos.

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THE RIMY RITA

THE RUSTIC

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RIMY RITA: THE RUSTIC

One of our favorite cocktails is the Margarita Sangria swirl, but the Rustic puts a really fun and upbeat twist on this fantastic cocktail. Their version? The Rimy Rita which includes a goblet of traditional margarita and a sangria in popsicle form. You can either eat the popsicle and drink the drink separately, or you can allow the popsicle to melt and stir it into the margarita. But no matter what you choose, the Rimy Rita is bound to stimulate your taste buds and pairs perfectly with a warm summer evening on the Rustic’s huge patio and live music!

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14 of the Most Unique Burgers To Try in Dallas

The following article was first published on the Dallasites 101 Blog. To read the complete article click here.

While you can’t go wrong with a classic burger, it’s always fun to mix it up. And given that we live in Texas, there are a lot of burgers and beef to go around. We have done some digging into the various restaurants and eateries that found new and different ways to put a twist on the classic burger for when you’re ready for a food adventure! Check them out below!


The Barn Burger

Haystack Burgers & Barley

It’s like a taco on a bun! The Barn Burger at Haystack Burgers & Barley includes Chipotle Mayo, Grilled Poblano Peppers, Pepper Jack Cheese, and a side of Queso. This burger also comes topped with Lettuce and Pico de Gallo. Instead of getting fries as a side for this delicious goodness, be sure to get chips and a dip. They serve our three favorite Tex-Mex dips: Queso, Salsa, and Guacamole.

Or even better get the Ranchero Chicken Stuffed Jalapeños as a side. And the Mozzarella Sticks are not to be missed either – they’re essentially jumbo sized, and so so good! Best part is there are three locations around the metroplex and two more coming next year, so there might just be a taco burger right In your neck of the woods!

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Peanut Butter & Bacon Burger

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Off Site Kitchen

If this burger sounds a little weird to you, we were taken back at first too. But please, trust us, if you like burgers, bacon and peanut butter all separately, you have to try them all together! It comes with a quarter pound of meat that is topped with hot pepper jam, bacon, caramelized onions, American cheese, and a brioche bun. If you are feeling extra adventurous, try this burger with the “Get Weird Queso Fries,” and for drinks try their Bourbon Cherry Cola.

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Fried Baloney Sandwich

Maple and Motor

The Fried Baloney Sandwich is nicknamed “The Flat Hot Dog.” It’s a really thick piece of baloney that is deep fried and served on a bun. This sandwich is served in two different styles; Cowboy style and Cincinnati style. The Cowboy style comes with chili, cheese and chopped onion. While the Cincinnati style comes with lettuce, tomato, and mayo.

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The HMF Burger

Blues Burger

Also located in the Stemmons Corridor right next to UT Southwestern sits Blues Burger. Their HMF Burger is the best non-traditional burger on the menu, but not for the faint of heart. Atop a premium angus beef patty is ghost pepper jack cheese, jalapeños, spicy blues sauce, onions, and bacon. There are vegan and gluten-free options available for those who have special dietary needs.

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Unbeetable Burger

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True Food Kitchen

This burger really is un-”beet”-table and is a fantastic vegan option if you still want that delish burger but aren’t sure if you want to go that fake meat route. This burger tastes healthy and fresh and is dressed with kuzu, avocado, jicama slaw, butter lettuce and vegan mayonnaise, all tied together with a flax seed bun!

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The Jackie O Burger

Liberty Burger

If you’re looking to mix up your meats, the Jackie O burger swaps out beef for lamb meat and adds on baby spinach, oven roasted tomatoes, and feta cheese to top it off! The perfect side? Sweet potato fries and the mudslide adult shake.

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Le Wagyu Burger

Twisted Root Burger Co.

Known for their wide variety of burgers, their Le Wagyu is the best non-traditional burger we have tasted. It is made with a dijon crusted wagyu beef patty and served with thyme, caramelized onions, and gruyere cheese. For the more adventurous eater, the hamburger patty can be served with more exotic meats like venison, elk, ostrich, rabbit, camel, duck and boar.

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Ahi Tuna Burger

Chop House Burger

What do you get when you cross a burger with a tuna sushi roll?! The Ahi Tuna Burger from Chop House Burger of course! This Downtown burger restaurant pairs wasabi tuna with pickled ginger, nori chip, and arugula, and puts a bun on it to top it off! So next time you can’t decide between the two cuisines, you can meet in the middle!

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Elk Burger

Ye Ole Butcher Shop

Ye Ole Butcher Shop has been a Plano tradition since it was established in 1974. Over the course of the last 45 years, they have provided the community with award winning burgers including the Elk Burger! It’s served on Wednesdays and is yes, made from elk. The burgers at Te Ole Butcher Shop are then served with lettuce, onion, tomato, pickles, and cheese (for extra cost). And for those who enjoy hunting, this spot also provides Game Processing Services starting at $65 per animal.

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Chili Cheese Burger

Burger House Hamburgers

Burger House has been serving the Dallas community since 1951 and has earned over 20 awards, while also solidifying itself in Dallasites who grew up on those fries with that famous seasoning salt, and those inexpensive burgers! Our favorite is the chili cheese burger, which is quite literally chili added to the top of a cheese burger. It might be one of the more simple items on the menu, but that doesn’t mean its any less delish!

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Whistlepig Burger

Goodfriend Beer Garden & Burger House

For anyone who loves aged maple syrup and candied bacon on their burger, this is the burger to try. The WhistlePig Burger includes not one, but two quarter pound hamburger patties, topped with authentic WhistlePig maple syrup from Vermont, candied bacon, crispy onions, and barbecue sauce. Instead of ordering french fries as a side for this amazing non-traditional burger, order brussel sprouts or the fried pickles!

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K Town Burger

LA Burger

For anyone who is a huge fan of Asian Fusion food, this is worth a trip out to the ‘burbs – you can find LA burger in Irving, Carrollton, Grapevine, Richardson and more DFW areas! The K Town Burger is a beef patty topped with kimchi, jalapeños, bulgogi glaze, sriracha mayo, lettuce, and tomato. Of course, what is a burger without a great shake to accompany it? This burger goes best with the Nutella nutter butter shake, oreo crumb shake, or PB&J Shake.

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Garlic Burger

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Nest Burger

Calling all garlic lovers, this one’s for you! Like all classic burgers, the Nest Burger garlic burger comes with a meat patty, tomato, lettuce, onions, and pickle. But Nest Burger for one, realy differentiates itself because you can choose between one of four types of patties: beef, lamb, veggie or fried chicken. And there’s one burger here that sets itself apart; the Garlic burger comes topped with minced garlic, swiss cheese, and their house made garlic sauce.

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The Mike Rawlings

Rodeo Goat

Named after the former Mayor of Dallas, Mike Rawlings, this wonderful cheeseburger comes with a tasty mixture of different flavors! A regular hamburger patty, it’s topped with Irish Whiskey Cheddar cheese, candied bacon, blackberry compote, lettuce and whole grain mustard. Get ready for a wild adventure! Also almost every Rodeo Goat burger is just as creative too so you really can’t go wrong with anything!

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The 9 French Restaurants to “Visite” in Dallas

*The Following Blog Post was originally posted to the Dallasites101 Blog on June 10, 2019: click here to see the full article*

BY KELSEY ANDRIOT

There has always been a part of the Dallas Culture that has always enjoyed luxurious fine dining, and there is also a lot of French history engrained in Dallas, or more specifically Bishop Arts, because of a colony of migrants who populated the area back in the 1850’s. Combine both of those aspects and you get a city with many top-notch French restaurants around town! With Bastille Day on the horizon this coming weekend, we have put together a list of some of our favorites!

 


Whisk Crepes Cafe is a quaint little eatery nestled away in Sylvan Thirty. Living up to the name, there is only one type of French food you’ll find inside: crepes. And boy do they sell the best crepes in town! You have the option to make your own or the option to order a specialty, and you can’t go wrong with either option. Owner Julien, who hails from France uses authentic buckwheat flour for his crepes, but also offers the more “American” flour too! And because Whisk is owned by a Frenchman, you know it’s authentic! He even has a list of amazing wines to go along with too! Whisk is seriously a little piece of Parisian heaven right in Dallas, and he has an outpost in Legacy Hall too!


LAVENDOU BISTRO PROVENCAL

If you are looking for a great restaurant for lunch that has the relaxed feel of the French countryside, look no further than Lavendou Bistro Provencal. Lavendou might be a bit little more on the expensive side, but they serve High Tea a-la-French-Pastry and the food is wonderful! Because of the classy atmosphere of Lavendou Bistro Provencal, it is the perfect location for anyone looking to host a bridal shower, baby shower, or a tea party with your girlfriends.


Rise and it’s adorable French country atmosphere is known as a place for the best soufflés in town. They serve two main types: Sweet and Savory, and wow, you’ll never again question how you can make a meal out of a soufflé again! Flavors include Jambon & Gruyere, Truffle-Infused Mushroom, and Corn and Serrano, to name a few of our favorites. But seriously don’t miss out on the sweet soufflés too, because back-to-back soufflés are acceptable when you can order Reese’s or Apricot or Grand Marnier to name a few! Lastly, make sure you start with their “Marshmallow Soup” – a tomato soup with fluffy marshmallow like balls of goat cheese. It’s their most popular menu item!


Located in the Lower Greenville Neighborhood, St. Martin’s is one of the oldest (if not the oldest) establishment on this list. Since opening for business in 1977, St. Martin’s has been deemed the “Most Romantic Restaurant in Dallas,” by Dallas Eater. In 2013, St. Martins Wine Bistro was awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, and still stands as a Dallas institution today with its old wood bar to the live pianist that entertains at night to the famous champagne and brie soup. If you want traditional, old-school French, look no further!


Located in the Oak Lawn Neighborhood, this modern French bistro has been in business for 30 years. In fact, you’ve probably passed it dozens of times without every noticing it. Once you find it though, you’ll realize you discovered a little treat in the Dallas dining scene. The female chef, Janie Provost, works very hard to change the menu every two weeks so you can always count on a new experience when you return. The food is fresh, local and sustainable, and the one item that always seems to remain on? The pappardelle which is seriously to die for!


If you want an inexpensive way to take a trip to Paris, look no further than stepping inside of Harwood’s Mercat Bistro! This charming restaurant offers a quintessential homey and quaint French atmosphere. Seriously, one of us lived in Paris for a summer so can vouch that Mercat has the real-deal look! It’s open the entire day so drop by for “petit déjeuner” aka breakfast for croissants and coffee, or for “déjeuner” aka lunch for quiche and salade, or go for a romantic “dïner” and taste traditional dishes like Coq Au Vin and Bourguignon. Also, make sure to go on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday to experience the table side tagliatelle pasta cooked by flame right in front of you!


Bullion made a big splash upon its entry into the Dallas restaurant scene with its gold exterior, extravagant art, and fine dining environment. It’s owned by Michelin-Starred chef, Bruno Davaillon, who was just nominated for the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Southwest. The restaurant is exquisitely furnished with a beautiful combination of blue and gold contemporary furniture and masterfully designed modern art. Bullion serves a unique combination of classic and contemporary French cuisine. Chef Bruno has incorporated an urban vertical farm in his kitchen, so you can be assured that you are being served the freshest of the fresh vegetables, leafy greens, and herbs with your meal.


By far the most illusive and interesting on the list, this Lake Highlands adults-only restaurant for starts, has an unusual name. Inspired by the Bible Verse, Romans 12:20, “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink,” RM 12:20 Bistro was founded in 2018. The Bistro describes itself as “a French Kitchen with a Southern Touch,” and yes they are very serious about no kids at their restaurant! The idea was to create a place for neighborhood residents to come for craft cocktails and good conversation, and given the older crowd, could be a great place for a date!


We could name certain places that true born-and-bred Dallasites like to dine, MiCocina, Javier’s, Taverna, etc, and Toulouse would certainly make the list too! And that’s not a bad thing. There is a reason why the Knox restaurant situated right off the Katy Trail is so consistently popular: it’s adorable and good. We love the authentic French bistro look from the decor to the chairs, it’s set up just like a cafe you’d come across wandering Paris. And the food is your classic traditional bistro food too! And if you’re feeling adventurous and not French, make sure to try their cocktails including the Hibiscus Margarita or Toulouse Old Fashioned