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Frozen or on the rocks? Get your marg on at these 10 Austin restaurants

Try one of these 10 Austin restaurants for National Margarita Day. (Fresa's/Instagram)

It's 5 o'clock somewhere, and with springtime's sunny skies once again returning to Austin, there's no better time to head out for some margaritas at your favorite Tex-Mex locale.

We asked Austonia newsletter readers to share their favorite margarita places last week. From Austonia readers themselves, here are 10 Austin restaurants with some of the best margs in town just in time for National Margarita Day.

El Arroyo, 1624 W. 5th St.

Known for its pithy slogans as much as its enduring Tex-Mex fare, El Arroyo is a margarita must that has served Austin for over 40 years.

Think you can take a crack at the restaurant's famous sign? Take a peek at the clever message of the day while submitting one yourself as you enjoy an El "Yeti" Margarita (served in a Yeti tumbler) or opt for a signature Royo Rita.

Curra's, 614 E. Oltorf St.

Demand for southeast Austin Tex-Mex joint Curra's "Original Avocado Margarita in Austin" has gotten so popular that it's recently expanded to another location in Hyde Park.

Sample traditional regional Mexican fare while enjoying Curra's avocado or "Beetle Juice" margaritas: for the faint of heart, the restaurant also offers samples of the Avocado Rita and hosts traditional margs and cocktails as well.

El Alma, 1025 Barton Springs Rd.

Looking for top shelf 'Ritas to start your week? For Tuesday's National Margarita day, chic Mexican restaurante El Alma will offer discounted top-shelf margaritas with a take-home shaker for $12.

But don't stop there—"from queso flameado to duck relleno," Alma's offers a creative menu and almost a dozen margarita options perfect for its 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. happy hour.

Güero's Taco Bar, 1412 South Congress

Feel funky in the heart of Austin at Guero's Taco Bar, a 30-plus year South Congress stop that draws in both tourists and locals alike. A fan favorite is the Rob's especial, which is just how co-owner Rob Lippincott likes it.

There's a reason the spot claims to have the best margarita in Austin—with 20 margarita options and plenty of Tex-Mex options to grub on, Guero's aims to please. Come for the margaritas and stay for the restaurant's airy patio, which often features live music.

Fresa's, 1703 South First & 915 North Lamar

Fresa's Chicken al Carbon is more than its neon chicken sign entails.

Aside from its signature wood-grilled meals, the South First joint has attracted margarita lovers for its prickly pear and cucumber cilantro margaritas, and it's adding three new flavors with Lalo Spirits to celebrate National Margarita Day!

Hopdoddy, multiple locations

More than a local burger chain, Austin-born Hopdoddy is known to "pour some heat" with its stiff drinks, including classic margaritas, cocktails and boozy shakes.

Head to one of Austin's eight locations for National Margarita Day and get a 4 oz Doble Fine margarita for free!

Jack Allen's Kitchen, multiple locations

Don't let the down-home southern fare fool you—Jack Allen's Kitchen offers margaritas that are hard to beat.

The farm-to-table restaurant offers Hill Country cocktails and seasonal margaritas alongside classic margs that are offered all year long at its three Austin locations.

La Mancha, 2203 Hancock Dr. 

The "Best Tex-Mex in the ATX"?

A one-stop-shop for classic Tex-Mex fare, the tavern offers traditional and in-house margarita options alike at its North-ish Austin location. Take a breather on the restaurant's patio with $5 margs during its happy hour from 3-6 p.m. on weekdays.

Maudie's, multiple locations

Enjoy an all-day happy hour alongside "Austin's neighborhood Tex-Mex" on National Margarita Day at eclectic Austin chain Maudie's.

Aside from its first South Austin location, Maudie's has expanded from Bee Cave to North Austin with thirst-quenching offerings including cucumber basil and blackberry mint margaritas.

Manuel's, multiple locations

Created by a University of Texas alum nearly 40 years ago, Mexican regional restaurant Manuel's expands past traditional Tex-Mex fare with all kinds of traditional Mexican dishes.

Those who share the above post can enjoy $2 off their tab for National Margarita Day while sampling the restaurant's eclectic eats at the downtown Austin locale.


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By Jonathan Lee

The Planning Commission was split Tuesday on whether to help save an eclectic lakefront estate from demolition by zoning it historic amid concerns over tax breaks and the likelihood that a previous owner participated in segregation as a business owner.

The property in question, known as the Delisle House, is located at 2002 Scenic Drive in Tarrytown. The main house, with Spanish and Modern influences, was built in 1923 by Raymond Delisle, an optician. A Gothic Revival accessory apartment was built in 1946. The current owner applied to demolish the structures in order to build a new home.'

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