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The Best Taco Tuesday (and Tequila) Spots in Houston

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Tacos and Houston go together like flour and water, birds and bees, horses and buggies — you get the drill. We could wax poetic all day about the city’s excellent Tex-Mex and margarita traditions — from the famed Blue Margaritas at El Patio to the ceviche at La Grange — but we know you’re ready to get drinking. In honor of summer being just around the corner, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites for a great night out with friends, family, or a date night. Kick off your next Taco Tuesday with one of these spots that are perfect whether you want to drink al fresco or enjoy a marathon meal that goes into the late hours.

And if you need more reason to make it a Taco Tuesday, we have even more incentive for you: exclusive Tequila Cazadores cocktails at some of your favorite local haunts. Keep reading to find which of your favorite bars and restaurants are serving up specials this summer to commemorate Taco Tuesday...or Wednesday or Thursday, in Houston.

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1. La Grange

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2517 Ralph St
Houston, TX 77006
(832) 962-4745
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Located in a former horse hospital (yes, really) in Montrose, La Grange is a funky patio bar that focuses on Mexico’s coastal cuisine. Those in the know rave about the fresh ceviche and the fish tacos, made with local corn tortillas and Costa Rican tilapia. The cozy atmosphere also makes La Grange the perfect place to enjoy a few of their signature cocktails.

The Tequila Cazadores-exclusive cocktail to order: Carlos Danger

A spicy name for a dangerously delicious drink, the Carlos Danger is a fun-loving drink that pokes fun at New York’s beleaguered former congressman. If you can get past the name, you’ll be rewarded with a potent blend of jalapeño- and pineapple-infused Cazadores Blanco tequila, triple sec, agave, and lime.

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2. Arnaldo Richard's Picos Restaurant

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3601 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77098
(832) 831-9940
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A well-loved spot for regulars in Houston, Picos focuses on Mexico’s seven distinct regions through its cooking. You won’t find traditional Tex-Mex dishes here; instead, you can try pollo pibil, calamares a la Mexicana, or huachinango tikin xik, a red snapper filet cooked on banana leaves and slicked with achiote sauce. In addition to the food, beverage director Monica Richards has created a menu of exclusive barrel collection margaritas, like the Aranda Rita, made with Picos’s Cazadores Reposado Barrel (hand-blended by Richards), Cointreau, fresh lime juice, and agave.

3. Spanish Flowers

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4410, 4701 N Main St
Houston, TX 77009
(713) 869-1706
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If you ever find yourself with a Mexican food craving at 3 a.m. after a long night of barhopping, Uber your way to Spanish Flower. Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019, the cheery, family-run Spanish Flower perfects some of Mexico’s (and Texas’s) most beloved dishes. The menu is full of favorites like crispy tacos and sizzling fajitas, as well as a rotating cast of specials. Naturally, the Paloma and the full menu of top-shelf margaritas are also excellent.

The Tequila Cazadores-exclusive cocktail to order: The Tequila Sunrise Margarita

Because who doesn’t want a tequila sunrise and a margarita? The marg is made like a tequila sunrise, with orange juice and grenadine, but with a spicy kick, thanks to the Tajin seasoned rim.

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4. Fiesta En Guadalajara

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3522 Irvington Blvd
Houston, TX 77009
(713) 227-1800
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If you want a place that sticks with the standards and does them all well, Fiesta en Guadalajara fits the bill. Don’t expect much beyond well-done, classic Tex-Mex cuisine here. You can get your fill of enchiladas, chips and salsa (try the salsa verde), fajitas, and more, all served in giant portions. The potent margaritas are worth a visit alone. (Best of all: If you want to add Margarita Mondays to your calendar, Fiesta en Guadalajara serves up mini versions of the drink for just $2 — talk about starting the week off right.)

5. El Patio

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6444 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 780-0410
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Houston has no shortage of Mexican restaurants that are older than you (and possibly your parents) — El Patio is another one of these. Serving since 1964, this now-famous Westheimer joint is also home to Club No Minors, a rollicking bar with loaded margaritas and wild mariachis. The mysterious Blue Margarita packs a potent punch, so best to fortify yourself with one of El Patio’s loaded taco plates before getting the party started.

The Tequila Cazadores-exclusive cocktail to order: The Dirty

Why let margaritas have all the fun? This dirty martini-margarita hybrid combines the best of both worlds, namely Tequila Cazadores Reposado with olive juice. The result? A drink so good you’ll want to make it a margarita lunch, and not a martini lunch, on a Tuesday.

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6. Cyclone Anaya's Mexican Kitchen

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1710 Durham Dr
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 862-3209
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The eponymous restaurant of a famous professional wrestler, Cyclone Anaya’s is now a Houston legend, serving for more than 50 years. Most regulars come for Cyclone’s soft tacos, served with Mexican rice and beans, or the tacos al carbon, which must be ordered with the smoky grilled beef (this is Texas, ya’ll!) instead of the inferior chicken option. It’s also a requirement that you wash your meal down with a Cazarita, made with Cazadores Reposado tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice.

7. Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen

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6401 Woodway Dr
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 334-7295
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With cheery yellow walls adorned with hand-painted Mexican tiles, walking into Sylvia’s makes you feel like you’re walking into your abuela’s kitchen. Sylvia Casares is famous for her enchiladas — so much so that she refers to herself as Houston’s enchilada queen — and it’s true: Few are better. The house specialty is the tampiquena, a platter of beef fajita with a cheese or chicken enchilada. As if that doesn’t sound filling enough, it’s served with rajas poblanas con crema, rice, and fresh tortillas. Stray from your usual margarita tendencies and give the Mexican Martini a chance. Crafted with Cazadores Reposado tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, and olive juice, it’s just a slight riff on a classic that’s sure to be addicting.

Paula Murphy

8. La Tapatia Taqueria

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5591 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 787-9680
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Tex-Mex comfort food at its best. La Tapatia specializes in the kinds of plates you most likely grew up loving, from large plates of enchiladas and quesadillas with a healthy portion of beans and rice on the side to fajitas and seafood dishes. Naturally, there’s a great selection of margaritas. (Their half-frozen, half-rocks version is a must.) As an added bonus, it’s open until 3 a.m. and the late-night people-watching is A+.

9. Chuy's

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2706 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 524-1700
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This family-friendly mainstay has been going strong for over 30 years, with locations all over the state, though each one has a bit of charm all its own. As the owners like to say, “If you’ve seen one Chuy’s, you’ve seen one Chuy’s.” A great place to spend a weeknight sharing tacos, guacamole, and queso with the whole family or your closest friends, Chuy’s also has a dizzying array of signature cocktails, including their Texas Martini, made with tequila and jalapeño-stuffed olives.

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10. Tony's

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3755 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77046
(713) 622-6778
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Since 1992, Tony’s has been a neighborhood mainstay, serving up some of the freshest Tex-Mex in the city. One thing to note: Each meal begins with warm chips and salsa, which is hard to come back from once you’ve experienced it. The menu offers up inventive (and filling) takes on Tex-Mex, like the enchilada served with a rib-eye steak or the enchiladas con costillas (served with baby back ribs). Wash it all down with their signature drink — the Top Shelf Cazarrita, made with Cazadores Reposado tequila, orange liqueur, and fresh lime juice.

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1. La Grange

2517 Ralph St, Houston, TX 77006
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Located in a former horse hospital (yes, really) in Montrose, La Grange is a funky patio bar that focuses on Mexico’s coastal cuisine. Those in the know rave about the fresh ceviche and the fish tacos, made with local corn tortillas and Costa Rican tilapia. The cozy atmosphere also makes La Grange the perfect place to enjoy a few of their signature cocktails.

The Tequila Cazadores-exclusive cocktail to order: Carlos Danger

A spicy name for a dangerously delicious drink, the Carlos Danger is a fun-loving drink that pokes fun at New York’s beleaguered former congressman. If you can get past the name, you’ll be rewarded with a potent blend of jalapeño- and pineapple-infused Cazadores Blanco tequila, triple sec, agave, and lime.

2517 Ralph St
Houston, TX 77006

2. Arnaldo Richard's Picos Restaurant

3601 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098

A well-loved spot for regulars in Houston, Picos focuses on Mexico’s seven distinct regions through its cooking. You won’t find traditional Tex-Mex dishes here; instead, you can try pollo pibil, calamares a la Mexicana, or huachinango tikin xik, a red snapper filet cooked on banana leaves and slicked with achiote sauce. In addition to the food, beverage director Monica Richards has created a menu of exclusive barrel collection margaritas, like the Aranda Rita, made with Picos’s Cazadores Reposado Barrel (hand-blended by Richards), Cointreau, fresh lime juice, and agave.

3601 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77098

3. Spanish Flowers

4410, 4701 N Main St, Houston, TX 77009
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If you ever find yourself with a Mexican food craving at 3 a.m. after a long night of barhopping, Uber your way to Spanish Flower. Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019, the cheery, family-run Spanish Flower perfects some of Mexico’s (and Texas’s) most beloved dishes. The menu is full of favorites like crispy tacos and sizzling fajitas, as well as a rotating cast of specials. Naturally, the Paloma and the full menu of top-shelf margaritas are also excellent.

The Tequila Cazadores-exclusive cocktail to order: The Tequila Sunrise Margarita

Because who doesn’t want a tequila sunrise and a margarita? The marg is made like a tequila sunrise, with orange juice and grenadine, but with a spicy kick, thanks to the Tajin seasoned rim.

4410, 4701 N Main St
Houston, TX 77009

4. Fiesta En Guadalajara

3522 Irvington Blvd, Houston, TX 77009

If you want a place that sticks with the standards and does them all well, Fiesta en Guadalajara fits the bill. Don’t expect much beyond well-done, classic Tex-Mex cuisine here. You can get your fill of enchiladas, chips and salsa (try the salsa verde), fajitas, and more, all served in giant portions. The potent margaritas are worth a visit alone. (Best of all: If you want to add Margarita Mondays to your calendar, Fiesta en Guadalajara serves up mini versions of the drink for just $2 — talk about starting the week off right.)

3522 Irvington Blvd
Houston, TX 77009

5. El Patio

6444 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77057
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Houston has no shortage of Mexican restaurants that are older than you (and possibly your parents) — El Patio is another one of these. Serving since 1964, this now-famous Westheimer joint is also home to Club No Minors, a rollicking bar with loaded margaritas and wild mariachis. The mysterious Blue Margarita packs a potent punch, so best to fortify yourself with one of El Patio’s loaded taco plates before getting the party started.

The Tequila Cazadores-exclusive cocktail to order: The Dirty

Why let margaritas have all the fun? This dirty martini-margarita hybrid combines the best of both worlds, namely Tequila Cazadores Reposado with olive juice. The result? A drink so good you’ll want to make it a margarita lunch, and not a martini lunch, on a Tuesday.

6444 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77057

6. Cyclone Anaya's Mexican Kitchen

1710 Durham Dr, Houston, TX 77007

The eponymous restaurant of a famous professional wrestler, Cyclone Anaya’s is now a Houston legend, serving for more than 50 years. Most regulars come for Cyclone’s soft tacos, served with Mexican rice and beans, or the tacos al carbon, which must be ordered with the smoky grilled beef (this is Texas, ya’ll!) instead of the inferior chicken option. It’s also a requirement that you wash your meal down with a Cazarita, made with Cazadores Reposado tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice.

1710 Durham Dr
Houston, TX 77007

7. Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen

6401 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77057
Paula Murphy

With cheery yellow walls adorned with hand-painted Mexican tiles, walking into Sylvia’s makes you feel like you’re walking into your abuela’s kitchen. Sylvia Casares is famous for her enchiladas — so much so that she refers to herself as Houston’s enchilada queen — and it’s true: Few are better. The house specialty is the tampiquena, a platter of beef fajita with a cheese or chicken enchilada. As if that doesn’t sound filling enough, it’s served with rajas poblanas con crema, rice, and fresh tortillas. Stray from your usual margarita tendencies and give the Mexican Martini a chance. Crafted with Cazadores Reposado tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, and olive juice, it’s just a slight riff on a classic that’s sure to be addicting.

6401 Woodway Dr
Houston, TX 77057

8. La Tapatia Taqueria

5591 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77056

Tex-Mex comfort food at its best. La Tapatia specializes in the kinds of plates you most likely grew up loving, from large plates of enchiladas and quesadillas with a healthy portion of beans and rice on the side to fajitas and seafood dishes. Naturally, there’s a great selection of margaritas. (Their half-frozen, half-rocks version is a must.) As an added bonus, it’s open until 3 a.m. and the late-night people-watching is A+.

5591 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77056

9. Chuy's

2706 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098
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This family-friendly mainstay has been going strong for over 30 years, with locations all over the state, though each one has a bit of charm all its own. As the owners like to say, “If you’ve seen one Chuy’s, you’ve seen one Chuy’s.” A great place to spend a weeknight sharing tacos, guacamole, and queso with the whole family or your closest friends, Chuy’s also has a dizzying array of signature cocktails, including their Texas Martini, made with tequila and jalapeño-stuffed olives.

2706 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098

10. Tony's

3755 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77046

Since 1992, Tony’s has been a neighborhood mainstay, serving up some of the freshest Tex-Mex in the city. One thing to note: Each meal begins with warm chips and salsa, which is hard to come back from once you’ve experienced it. The menu offers up inventive (and filling) takes on Tex-Mex, like the enchilada served with a rib-eye steak or the enchiladas con costillas (served with baby back ribs). Wash it all down with their signature drink — the Top Shelf Cazarrita, made with Cazadores Reposado tequila, orange liqueur, and fresh lime juice.

3755 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77046

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