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Prime Picks Winners: Margaritas

These Mile High masters won your votes for classic or creative marg

With Cinco de Mayo—and Denver’s own Top Taco Festival—nearly upon us, it seems fitting that we pay homage to the best margaritas in the land. Let’s be honest; there are a lot of spots to choose from in Denver and Boulder, but you landed squarely on these top three. Dig in and drink up—and don’t forget the tacos.

Prime Picks Margaritas

Photo courtesy of Taco Junky

Number 1 Margarita: Taco Junky {1149 13th Street, Boulder; 303.443.2300}
A relative newcomer to the Front Range, Taco Junky first wowed our taco and tequila-loving palates in 2015—a welcome addition to The Hill in Boulder. Since then, they’ve garnered quite a following with inventive combos featuring bison, kimchee, and lamb—among classic features like pulled pork and beef. What really astonished us, however, was the concept’s commitment to thoughtfully crafted margs. Many start with house-infused tequilas like the Orange Carrot or Lavender Lemon (also offered as a sipping flight), and stretch to freshly squeezed lime juice and salt, if that’s your pleasure. With rotating seasonal infusions available, you really will never tire of a margarita here—and can always return to a classic with top-shelf blue agave (we recommend the Dulce Vida). 

Photo credit: Tacos, Tequila, Whiskey

Number 2 Margarita: Tacos. Tequila. Whiskey. (formerly Pinche) {locations in the Highlands, City Park, and Phoenix}
With a tag like “Modern Mexican Street Food,” you can rest assured that this artist-formerly-known-as-Pinche is all about quality—no pretension. And sure, tacos are the buzz-worthy centerpiece of the concept (put a trio of Pork Belly Agridulce tacos in front of us and call it heaven), but the quintessential margarita is never a second-class citizen. In fact, we often dock at the TTW bar with nothing more than a classic Coin Margarita—a cocktail as simple as they come that sings with Exotico blanco tequila. But there’s always some edge here, as evidenced by the Serrano Marg. Rest assured that the supporting simple syrup is loving made in-house (or subbed with cane sugar) and the lime juice is freshly squeezed right at the bar.

La Loma

A classic margarita beckons at La Loma | Photo credit: La Loma

Number 3 Margarita: La Loma {1801 Broadway, Denver; 303.433.8300}
La Loma is undeniably a Denver icon. Recently transplanted to the downtown ‘hood at 18th and Broadway, this lively Mexican haunt has some great things going for it—including an ever-smiling staff, an addictive Chile Relleno, and lately, tequila pairing dinners. But at the end of a long day, what always satisfies is the Barrel-Aged Coin Margarita. This one is truly a treat—house barrel-aged Arta reposado tequila touched up with the orangey-sweet salve of Triple Sec, fresh lime juice, and agave. If you’re lucky, you might catch tequila reps onsite; if you do, pin them down at the bar over a drink and prod them about their favorites agave indulgences. That’s a memory in the making.

Runners-up: Adelitas, Tamayo, and Comida

Congrats to the winners! Keep an eye on diningout.com for May’s Prime Picks contest—featuring Mile High fried chicken!

By Jeffrey Steen, Managing Editor