May 20, 2018

The Winos' Best Tasting Margaritas - Top 5 List #margaritas #winoswineguide #texmex

Here is the latest update on "The Winos' Best Tasting Margaritas". There were a number of candidates that were considered; the top 5 as of May 20, 2018 are...
  1. Anamia's Tex Mex Restaurant (Plano and Coppell). At 12oz servings, these will sneak up on you. Either frozen or on the rocks, the taste had the right amount of lime tanginess to sugary (we hope agave sugary) sweetness. Plus it has little to no alcohol taste... but two drinks later, better call an Uber or have a designated driver at the helm!
  2. Primo's Tex Mex Grille (Garland). In the 16oz size, these are almost a doppelganger to Anamia's margaritas... save for the extra 4oz else they would have tied for first!
  3. Mena's Cantina - Tex Mex Grill (Coppell). 16oz with great taste that the Winos like in a margarita. Just not as "fortified" as Anamia's or Primo's offerings. So, it made third on the list!
  4. Village Burger Bar (Allen, Plano, Dallas). These 12oz margaritas come in various flavors like Mangorita and Chamborita. That said, the traditional margarita is a tasty offering that we like for two reasons.., for a small package, it carries a punch... limit two, else it's Uber time. And, Happy Hour price of $4.00 is light on the wallet! Very nice!
  5. Gloria's Latin Cuisine Restaurant (Fairview, Garland, Dallas). Frozen or on the rocks, Gloria's has a tasty margarita that is strong in alcohol content. That said, it used to be our number one but has since dropped... main reason is something changed about three or four years ago. Possibly the mix that was used. Luckily, it's one reason why we started this quest! That said, we list Gloria's at Number 5 because their Mangorita is still a tasty offering.

Do check back for more updates as this effort is an ever evolving list per the criteria we outlined below...

Intentions were to disregard the local ratings on the Best Tasting Margarita in the area, and using our limited funds, go on a quest for our own best tasting margarita selection. In other words, could we each have a Margarita for less than $20 including tip.

Since everyone has a preference for how a margarita is made and one person may like a margarita and another person thinks differently, the Winos came up with the following criteria for their quest:
  • Two Margaritas for less than $20 including tip (restated from above)
  • Local to the DFW Metroplex
  • Taste... this is a hard one, so we went with both Winos have to agree on taste, else it falls of the list. Note
  • Strength... after the second Margarita, do we need an Uber to drive us home?

Also, other limits applied to normalize the tastings:
  • There should not be an aftertaste... this is a deal breaker that has shot down Margaritas in the past that were otherwise good.
  • Two Margaritas per Wino must be consumed in an hour or less; one Margarita was considered 16oz or less.
  • No "large fishbowl" Margaritas if they exceeded 32oz, else one 32oz Margarita was considered two Margaritas.

Pictures are worth a thousand words...
Anamia's Margaritas... plus food!

Primo's Tex Mex Grille while on an errand!

Mena's Cantina plus lots of food!

Village Burger Bar plus a burger and shake!

Gloria's Latin Cuisine plus Chips and Salsa!

Who Would Have Thought... Frose at the Ballgame! #frose #wine #margaritas

Who would have thought a tasty Frose to be had while watch Major League Baseball! Lucked into this while the Texas Rangers played the Boston Red Sox. Although the Rangers lost, we considered it a win knowing these tasty Frose awaits us next time! Also, their swirl Margaritas are perfect for quenching the Red Wine Wino's thirst... great time, even closed out the day with a bonfire!


Primo's Tex Mex Grille #texmex #margaritas

Was on an errand to the Bass Pro Shops in Garland. Noticed a Tex Mex Restaurant that caught our eye - Primo's Tex Mex Grille. Sat outside overlooking the lake and had a Margarita or two. This one is the our second choice for the "Winos' Best Tasting Margaritas"!


At the Rustic... Garnacha Lo-Ve #wine #winoswineguide

At the Rustic (Dallas, TX), the other night having a Garnacha Lo-Ve while listening to live music! Fun times with tasty wine to be had! This one gets a Good Rating from the two Winos!


Cinco De Mayo 2018... So begins the "Winos' Best Tasting Margaritas" Quest! #margaritas #cincodemayo #besttastingmargarita

In celebration of Cinco De Mayo, the Winos opted for working up to May 5 with "Margarita Tastings" in various locations in the DFW Metroplex as well as more "Margarita Tastings" on May 5, and then of course carryover "Margarita Tastings" after May 5.

Intentions were to disregard the local ratings on the Best Tasting Margarita in the area, and using our limited funds, go on a quest for our own best tasting margarita selection. In other words, could we each have a Margarita for less than $20 including tip.

Since everyone has a preference for how a margarita is made and one person may like a margarita and another person thinks differently, the Winos came up with the following criteria for their quest:

  • Two Margaritas for less than $20 including tip (restated from above)
  • Local to the DFW Metroplex
  • Taste... this is a hard one, so we went with both Winos have to agree on taste, else it falls of the list. Note
  • Strength... after the second Margarita, do we need an Uber to drive us home?

Also, other limits applied to normalize the tastings:

  • There should not be an aftertaste... this is a deal breaker that has shot down Margaritas in the past that were otherwise good.
  • Two Margaritas per Wino must be consumed in an hour or less; one Margarita was considered 16oz or less.
  • No "large fishbowl" Margaritas if they exceeded 32oz, else one 32oz Margarita was considered two Margaritas.

Below is a sampling of the Winos' Margarita Tastings. It includes other drinks as well but those were consumed after the tasting was completed for a given location. Do check back periodically as we continue on our quest!

The end result of the tastings to date is... Anamia's Tex Mex Restaurant in Plano or Coppell is the "Winos' Best Tasting" Margarita! (As of May 20, 2018)

PS: Primo's Tex Mex Grille in Garland near Bass Pro Shops is our second choice!














Renso Masi & C Chianti at Central Market #wine #chianti

While shopping at Central Market, Plano, TX, picked up dinner as well as a bottle of Chianti. This one came in at an affordable $7.99. Red Wine Wino is always looking for a deal as well as has a weakness for Chiantis in general... spent some time in Italy and got hooked on them, jumped at purchasing Renso Masi & C Chianti.

End result... went well with dinner Rib Eye Steaks, Shrimp, and Lobster! Both Winos agreed to purchase again, earning a Good Rating!


Trader Joe's Two Buck Chuck Wine #wine #traderjoes

Out and about in Lower Greenville, Dallas. Stopped at Trader Joe's for some Two Buck Chuck Wine! Wine selection has always been good as well as their Two Buck Chuck Wines. Not found a wine from Charles Shaw ("Two Buck Chuck") that the Winos have not liked. More Good Ratings for Trader Joe's Two Buck Chuck Wine!


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