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Monday, February 22, 2016

12 Great Places to Drink Margaritas in St. Louis

Posted By and on Mon, Feb 22, 2016 at 5:39 AM

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click to enlarge Tortilleria - PHOTO BY KELLY GLUECK
  • Photo by Kelly Glueck
  • Tortilleria

5) Tortillaria Mexican Kitchen

8 S. Euclid Avenue, Central West End; 314-361-4443
Now that the Tilford brothers' Mission Taco concept is conquering the world (more on that in a minute), it can be easy to forget Tortillaria, their low-key Mexican spot in the shadow of Barnes-Jewish Hospital. That would be a major mistake. While we're not always fans of flavored margaritas, the ones here blew us away. Instead of sticky-sweet syrup, they use fresh fruit (pineapple, cantaloupe, raspberry, strawberry), house-made simple syrup using agave instead of sugar, and lime juice. We'd also highly recommend the Doorbuster, a.k.a. "Norman's Special." For $10, this drink of Dobel tequila, agave and a splash of Curaçao was one of the most eye-popping margaritas we've ever had. Order it if you dare.

A house margarita at Mission Taco. - PHOTO BY JENNIFER SILVERBERG
  • Photo by Jennifer Silverberg
  • A house margarita at Mission Taco.

6) Mission Taco
908 Lafayette Avenue, Soulard; 314-858-8226
6235 Delmar Boulevard, the Loop; 314-932-54390

Speaking of the Tilfords ... It's a good thing they've announced plans to open a third Mission Taco Joint, because we could sit all day at this West Coast-style taco joint drinking margaritas if only both existing locations weren't way too busy to permit it. We're huge fans of the Maestro, which uses Maestro Dobel tequila ($10). Keep the alcohol from overtaking you by scarfing some of the excellent tacos.

See also: Slideshow: Inside Mission Taco

  • Photo by Crystal Rolfe
7) Laredo on the Square
2001 Park Avenue, Lafayette Square; 314-231-9200
On a nice day, the patio at Laredo on the Square is the place to be — you can enjoy the surprisingly spicy salsa and a house margarita while watching the parade of people and their dogs enjoying Lafayette Park, which is just across the street. But even on colder days, this place has a warm and friendly vibe, with exposed brick walls and a fun family atmosphere. The margaritas are elegant in tall stemmed glasses with a crisp flavor to match; no sour mix here. Get the Cadillac with its float of Grand Marnier ($9.99)

click to enlarge El Maguey's margarita. - PHOTO BY KELLY GLUECK
  • Photo by Kelly Glueck
  • El Maguey's margarita.

8) El Maguey 
6333 Delmar Boulevard, the Loop; 314-726-1005
If you like your margaritas in a pitcher, get thee to El Maguey, the low-key spot in the Delmar Loop. There's no bells, whistles or fancy tequilas here, just a house margarita for $6.50 and a fun atmosphere with a big patio for people-watching when the weather is nice. 

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