We’re not sure we’ve ever really heard of a bad margarita, but the Lowcountry is full of great places to get a good one. Here are some favorites.
Sol Southwest Kitchen & Tequila Bar: Sol has a menu full of unique and delicious margaritas. Looking for something sweet? Try out the blackberry or strawberry. If something spicy is more your game, the jalapeno cucumber or habanero grapefruit have just the right amount of kick. More of a traditionalist? Then, the Solarita is the way to go. Their margarita mix is homemade and not that bottled stuff you might get elsewhere. Their flagship restaurant in Mount Pleasant was so popular, they’ve now expanded to add locations in Summerville and downtown. So, really no matter where you live, there’s no excuse for not checking them out.
Mex 1 Coastal Cantina: Drop in and chill out. This surf themed Mexican hot spot is the perfect place to unwind at the end of a long day at the office, or the beach. Their ‘ritas are all made with fresh juice and 100% blue agave tequila. Spice things up with their house infused pineapple habanero tequila, stick to your diet with their skinny version or go all in with the Mex1can Trashcan, loaded with a float of tequila for an extra kick. Mex 1 is another pick that started with one location in West Ashley and is now open in Mount Pleasant and Sullivan’s Island.
Los Reyes: After 32 years as El Dorado Mexican Restaurant, this family owned spot has reopened as Los Reyes. They have three locations; two in North Charleston and one in West Ashley. Great prices and sizes for all your moods…regular, jumbo, monster and even pitchers! Mix it up by adding some fruity sweetness. These margs also come in peach, strawberry and mango.
Minero: Right in the heart of the East Bay restaurant district, Minero puts a twist on your view of traditional Charleston cuisine. This casual second floor eatery serves up a fun environment for food and drinks with friends and you’ll need a good drink to wash down their spicy and delicious food. The reposado and anejo margaritas make for smooth, subtle sip. Spice it up for an extra dollar or make it a Mexcal for an extra $2.
Taco Boy: The ultimate in chill vibes and good margaritas, Taco Boy is a must visit with two locations on Folly Beach and off-the-beaten path on Huger Street downtown. Their third location is coming soon to Summerville. The big tank of soaking pineapple behind the bar is a definite invitation to try their pineapple infused margarita. Get it regular or go skinny if you’re watching your waist. With walls dripping with traditional Mexican décor and a motto like “Skip siesta, let’s fiesta!” how could you not?
Tattooed Senorita: A salted watermelon margarita to die for! Located on James Island, right around the corner from Folly Beach, this is also a great place to catch live music or sit on the patio with marsh views. Go for their classic Cantina Margarita or try something new with the Senorita Paloma which mixes grapefruit juice, basil habanero simple syrup, lime and saltwater with Cuervo Traditional.
Zia Taqueria: Tucked away next to the Terrace Theatre on Maybank Highway, this one has a great local vibe and of course, margaritas worth checking out. They serve up their signature Zia Rita for just $4 during Happy Hour and are open late night, too. Try something a little different with their Palapa Mas, a blend of fresh mint lemonade, Creme de Cassis and tequila blanco.