Cinco de Mayo is a great excuse to let your hair down, do a little salsa dancing and sip a couple margaritas! But, don’t worry, it’s not the only time to get a mouth-watering tequila cocktail. Summer is on its way and Margarita Monday comes around every week. Lucky for us, Omaha is a hotbed for authentic Mexican fare — which means there are plenty of places to taste a classic margarita and even a few surprising innovations.
From 99-cent classics to top-shelf creations, there’s something for every budget and every palate. When you need a break from traditional lime, you can even get a refreshing lemon and lavender concoction!
Try out our favorites and let us know where you prefer to sip this refreshing beverage.
Photo courtesy of Roja Grill
It’s no secret Roja Grill has one of the best margaritas in town. In fact, you all chose it as the favorite in this year’s Best of Omaha 2017. And in 2015, the Omaha World-Herald food prowl team named El Traditional the best in town. Don’t you think it’s about time you stopped by to try one? The top-shelf El Traditional is made with Don Julio, Cointreau and fresh lime juice — but there are 13 other options!
Maria’s serves some of the best tacos in town and their perfect, summery margarita pairs perfectly! The recipes for both are developed from family classics and decades of experience. Order an original soft shell with a hand poured marg and Maria’s will soon become one of your favorite destinations, too.
Photos courtesy of Hook & Lime
If you’ve had your fair share of classic lime margaritas, branch out at Hook & Lime. They’re a go-to destination for innovative specialties — including Lemon & Lavender, Spiced Pineapple and 1800 Coconut & Ginger. If you haven’t tasted it, don’t skip the classic H & L margarita made with Exotico Blanco, citrus-infused blanco, fresh lime juice, house-made orange liqueur, Demerara syrup and orange brandy.
Don’t write off Don & Millie’s just because their margaritas are served out of a slush machine in a frosty beer mug. These cocktails come on the rocks or iced, and they’re only 99 cents! For less than a dollar, they’re well balanced and hit the spot every time.
Photos courtesy of Julio’s
This locally owned Old Market favorite is the place to go if you want to taste premium tequilas, as they have over 50! And Julio’s certainly knows how to celebrate Margarita Monday. All day, every Monday you can get their crafted creations for just $2. Order one with a mouth-watering Tex-Mex classic and you’ll definitely want to come back.
Hector’s is the only restaurant that specializes in Baja-style cooking in the region and they’ve been serving up their delicious meals in Omaha since 1997. Make sure you try the homemade tortilla chips. They’re the perfect accompaniment to an ice-cold margarita while you wait for a plate of their popular enchiladas or fajitas.
Photos courtesy of Mula and Jake Dawson
This bright, cantina-style restaurant specializes in tequilas and Mexican fare. So when it comes to tequila cocktails, they’re the experts. Happy hour lasts all day on Monday and you can get a classic, Cucumber or Jalapeño Margarita for just $5! The mix of house-infused cucumber tequila, fresh lime and lemon in the Cucumber Margarita make it the perfect summer cocktail.
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Eat the Worm is a fairly new Old Market destination, but they’ve quickly established themselves as one of the regional experts on mezcals, tequila and mouth-watering cocktails. And they don’t confine Margarita Monday to just one day; their margaritas are $4 every day of the week! So whether you’re craving tacos, tostadas, taquitos or burritos, make sure you order a margarita while you wait.
Michael’s Cantina merges the charm and tradition of Old Market with authentic Mexican culture and cuisine. They’re famous for fajitas, a fun atmosphere and, you guessed it, margaritas! Stop by for happy hour Monday – Friday from 3 – 5 p.m. to taste a marg for $3.
At Fernando’s they make everything fresh — including the handmade tortillas and homemade hot sauces. The restaurant has repeatedly won the Best of Omaha categories for Best Burrito and Best Mexican Dining, so if you haven’t been, it’s about time you tried it! When you stop by for a meal, be sure to order one of their mouth-watering margaritas.
Photos courtesy of Agave Azteca
This West Omaha original knows Mexican food, drink and culture. Start with a Cancun Top Shelf Margarita and a plate of shareable Ceviche and you’ll instantly understand the hype! Whatever you do, don’t leave without a taste of the Fried Ice Cream. Incidentally, it pairs well with a second marg.
Not only is Cilantro’s one of the most delicious Mexican restaurants in Omaha, you can also get many of their authentic plates for under $10! And while you’re eating one of the best budget-friendly meals in town, sip a tasty margarita. They offer seven styles with even more flavor and tequila options. For something new, try the Texas made with Brandy, Grand Marnier and 1800 Tequila.
If you’re craving a margarita, a Mexican restaurant named Margarita’s is probably a good place to start. There are more than ten flavor options — including classic lime and summery mango. Go with all your friends, split a pitcher and enjoy a plate of their famous fajitas!
Let us know if we missed your favorite margarita destination! There are plenty of Margarita Mondays on the horizon to taste them all.