The desert Southwest is famous for a few things: tall Saguaro cacti, beautiful skies, tasty tacos, and – of course – margaritas. I’ve had the pleasure of drinking margaritas all over this country, and I have to say that Tucson is home to some of the very best of them. Let’s take a tour around the city to find the 5 best margaritas in Tucson, shall we?
1. Blanco Tacos + Tequila 2905 E. Skyline Drive #246
Blanco has several varieties of margaritas to choose from, and I’ll be the first to admit that they’re all delicious. Skinny, Classic, Pomegranate/Grapefruit, Mixed Berry, Blood Orange, Mango Jalapeño, or White Peach and Hibiscus are your choices at this favorite Foothills restaurant. My favorite, however, is the White Peach and Hibiscus margarita. Not too sweet and not too sour, the Blanco family of margaritas has something for everyone. The staff at Blanco will happily split your drinks into two so you can share them and try more than one.
Local tip: Blanco has a seasonal off-the-menu margarita. Be sure to ask your server what the flavor of the season is!
2. Chuy’s Mesquite Broiler 7101 E. 22nd Street, 7585 S. Houghton Road
If you’re looking for a fun and relaxed atmosphere to meet your friends and enjoy some great margaritas, Chuy’s is your place! Share a pitcher of their classic margaritas while singing karaoke or watching the game. Chuy’s isn’t a quiet romantic restaurant if that’s what you’re looking for–it’s a busy restaurant with outdoor seating that gets a little loud after 7pm. Chuy’s has only classic sweet margaritas, and they do them so well they don’t need to offer any others!
Local tip: Get the street tacos!
3. Guadalajara Grill Fiesta Grill 750 N. Kolb Road
Tableside salsa and the biggest margaritas in town is what you’ll get at Guadalajara Grill in East Tucson. Whether you prefer mango, strawberry, or traditional, these margaritas are the perfect compliment to any of the entrees at one of the best Mexican restaurants in Tucson.
Local tip: The person who prepares your tableside salsa can easily split your bowl in two so you can enjoy extra spicy when your date prefers mild.
4. Chipotle Mexican Grill Multiple Locations
I know, I know. Putting a chain restaurant on a list of best local margaritas is a no-no. Trust me on this, Chipotle has one of the best margaritas in Tucson–it’s that good. Maybe it’s the basic ingredients they stick with? Whether you choose the Sauza blend or order the Patron margarita, whatever you order here will be just the thing to go with that burrito.
5. Settlement Smokehouse 5400 S. Old Spanish Trail
A little sweeter than most, the classic margaritas at Settlement Steakhouse are a refreshing surprise when sitting outside on a warm evening. In addition to an amazing menu and beautiful location, Settlement is a great place for date night or a family dinner and has some of the friendliest wait staff and bartenders in town!
Local tip: The bartender is always happy to make Shirley Temples with extra cherries for the kids!
Who do you think makes the best margarita in Tucson?