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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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Cantina Laredo's mojito, "Ginger Mint Mango Rita," "Aphrodite Rita" and "Cabo Flip." - PHOTO BY MABEL SUEN
  • Photo by Mabel Suen
  • Cantina Laredo's mojito, "Ginger Mint Mango Rita," "Aphrodite Rita" and "Cabo Flip."

9) Cantina Laredo
7710 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-725-2447
If Mission Taco offers a take on a casual, cool taco joint that's right out of San Diego, Cantina Laredo instead puts us in mind of Dallas: it's sleek and stylish, with a vibe that's perfect for date night or office happy hour. The drinks are uniformly well-executed — you know the lime juice is fresh when the bartender is squeezing it right in front of you. Try the Cabo Flip with Cabo Wabo Reposado, Grand Marnier and "a lime boat full of tequila."

See also:
Review: Cantina Laredo Shows the Sleeker Side of Tex-Mex

click to enlarge A house margarita from Chava's - PHOTO BY KELLY GLUECK
  • Photo by Kelly Glueck
  • A house margarita from Chava's

10) Chava's Mexican Restaurant
925 Geyer Avenue, Soulard; 314-241-5503
Many places on our list have either good drinks or good food. This cozy Soulard spot has both, along with great sidewalk dining on a nice day. The queso is something special, and the margarita here sneaks up on you — it's so delicious that it's hard to cut yourself off. The only option here is the house, which costs just $6.50 but is as smooth as many top-shelf versions. Perhaps because of the volume here, they premix the margaritas and pour them through a tap. The result? They're deliciously cold, with far less potential for bartender error. A true winner.

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

11) Hacienda Mexican Restaurant
9748 Manchester Road, Rock Hill; 314-962-7100 This West County mainstay has tons of choices. Not only can you pick your own tequila, but they offer several different mixes, too. We like the Top Shelf, made with anejo tequila and Grand Marnier — it's both smooth and full of flavor. Adventurous drinkers might want to try the seasonal spicy margarita. With Amatitlan Blanco tequila, Stoli jalapeño vodka and sliced jalapeños, this one definitely cleared our sinuses. Prices range from $6.50 to $36 for a gold pitcher.

See also: Hacienda to Open Fast-Casual Spinoff, the Wet Burrito

click to enlarge The margaritas at Chimichanga's — cheap and delicious. - PHOTO BY KELLY GLUECK
  • Photo by Kelly Glueck
  • The margaritas at Chimichanga's — cheap and delicious.

12) Chimichanga's Mexican Restaurant
5425 S. Grand Blvd., Carondelet; 314-352-0202
This busy south-city cantina has so many sizes — you can order a small, a jumbo, a half-pitcher, a monster or a full pitcher, and the prices are among the best in town. Start as low as $3.99, with a 46-oz. monster going for just $9. Even a top-shelf pitcher is just $20. If you're looking to get buzzed for less, this is the place to go. And who wouldn't drink to that?

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