Cinco De Mayo 2016: Memphis Mexican Restaurant and Margaritas List

Posted by Holly Whitfield | May 4th 2016 3235 0

It’s Cinco de Mayo tomorrow, so here’s a list of favorite Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurants, and of course, a list of some of the best tequila slushies in town.

Margarita at Swanky’s

Here’s a list of Mexican/Tex-Mex restarutants that have appeared on this blog in the past:

Taqueria El Porvenir (taco truck spotted on Summer Ave.)
Las Delicias (East Memphis)
Las Tortugas Deli Mexicana (Germantown)
Emilio’s Grocery (East Memphis)
Mi Pueblo (East Memphis)
La Michoacana (Summer Ave.)
Taqueria La Guadalupana (Summer Ave.)
Tacos Borolas (East Memphis)
Elena’s Taco Shop (Summer Ave.)
Swanky’s Taco Shop (East Memphis/Germantown)
Babalu Tacos and Tapas

And now on to the margaritas.

Half and Half, Molly’s La Casita (2006 Madison Ave) – NOTE THAT MOLLY’S IS CLOSED TONIGHT, MAY 5, 2016 FOR A PRIVATE PARTY

Half and half margarita from Molly's La Casita

The half-and-half margarita is exactly what it sounds like: a glass filled with half frozen margarita and half rocks margarita. It’s a neon-colored midtown classic, a margarita minus the brain freeze. It was hands-down the most popular answer on Facebook and Twitter when I asked for your favorite margaritas in the Memphis area.

Frozen Margarita, El Toro Loco (2617 Poplar Avenue)

Frozen margarita from El Toro Loco, Memphis, Tenn.

You can tell this one’s going to be good because the restaurant has “crazy” in the name. The frozen margaritas from El Toro Loco are stealthily strong (and, in comparative testing, pack more of a wallop than the rocks version). They’re big, sweet and perfect on the patio.

Frozen house margarita, Swanky’s Taco Shop (4770 Poplar Ave./6641 Poplar Ave.)

I’ve always found the margaritas at Swanky’s to be tart, fresh, and not too sweet. While they’re plenty strong, I wouldn’t say they have pack the same punch as some of the super sweet sneaky ones on this list (and I don’t mean that in a bad way). The frozen margaritas are viscous to the point that when they first arrive at the table, they almost remind me of frozen limeade. You can also get pitchers for $18 (about 5 drinks) and Swanky’s offers two-for-one house margaritas on Tuesdays.

Frozen margarita, Las Delicias (4002 Park Avenue)

When I asked for recommendations for the best margaritas in Memphis, I got a ton of recommendations for Las Delicias on Park. Their margaritas are handmade with real limes, so there’s none of the saccharine sweetness that tends to come with a pre-made mix. The end result is tart, refreshing and yes, strong.

Peach Margarita, Los Reyes (3024 Covington Pike)

Peach margarita from Los Reyes, Memphis, TN

Los Reyes’ peach margaritas are the closest thing to a tequila slushie that you can get in north Memphis. If you’re not a big tequila fan, this is the margarita for you – the booze’s taste is masked by the sweet peach. The consistency is sort of like a classic convenience store slushie. It’s another stealth strong version, though – after two or so, the paintings on the tables might start making sense.

Texas Margarita, Los Compadres (3295 Poplar Ave)

Los Compadres Margarita

When presented with the choice, go for the frozen Texas margarita (as opposed to the “regular” one). Also, check out Los Compadres’ highly underrated Cuban menu.

Agave Marita, Agave Maria (83 Union Ave.)

Agave Maria Margaritas

Tex-Mex and Mexican tapas, tons of tequila, and occasional margarita specials.

Margarita, Flying Fish ()

Flying Fish Margaritas

Did you know that Flying Fish downtown has margaritas? I didn’t until recently. They’re just $6 for a small, or $9 for a large, or $5 during happy hour.

Margarita, La Playita Mexicana (6194 Macon Rd)

La Playita margartia mexican 1

I went to La Playita Mexicana on (a very rainy) Margarita Day back in February after I got a ton of recommendations from y’all for this little spot. I decided to go for the “large” margarita because I mistakenly thought the woman at the next table, who had a pretty smallish-looking one, had a medium. The truth: the large margarita at La Playita is huge, big enough to be the table’s centerpiece, as you can see above. I only made it about 70 percent of the through that ocean of tequila slushie before I had to give up.

Babarita, Babalu (2115 Madison Ave.) 


Switch it up a little with the Babarita at Babalu – which has a splash of pomegranate juice in it.

There are still a few recommendations that folks gave me that I need to try, including El Mezcal, Felicia Suzanne’s, and La Hacienda in Cordova.

Any more? Leave ’em in the comments and I’ll keep them in mind!

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Anon says:

    Molly’s is closed for a private party this evening

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