Austin City Guide – Mexican Martinis

Ah, the Mexican martini. A refreshing, tart, extra large twist on your standard margarita. From what I’ve Googled, the Mexican martini is really only popular in Austin. Outside of the city, it’s practically unheard of. The rest of the world is missing out.

MexicanMartiniCollageImage via Austin Monthly / Image via Trudy’s / Image via Eater Austin

So what, exactly, is a Mexican martini? Basically, it’s a margarita served straight up in a martini glass. In most cases, in addition to the martini glass, the bartender usually hands over the shaker as well ( I usually just end up putting a straw in the shaker). By serving a larger portion in a shaker, you get to pour your own drink. To top it all off, the drink is usually also served with olives in a salt-rimmed glass.

As per usual, Austin continues to serve up weird combinations. I’m particularly fond of this one. In case you’re looking for the perfect Mexican martini, here are just a few local places to check out:

One of the more well-known hosts of the Mexican martini, Trudy’s mixes up order after order of this treat. They’re version is on the sweeter side but they don’t skimp on the salt. My favorite combo here is the Mexican martini and a stuffed avocado.

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Hours: M-R (2:00 PM-2:00 AM), F (11:-00 AM-2:00 AM), S & S (9:00 AM-2:00 AM)

Honestly, Takoba is one of my favorite restaurants in Austin. I can’t resist the Tex/Mex flavors. On my most recent trip, I also discovered that they serve Mexican martinis! Oh man, are they dangerous. I ended up ordering two because they were so good! Takoba’s Mexican martini leans towards a more traditional margarita on the rocks, just larger.

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Hours: M-R (11:00 AM-10:00 PM), F (11:00 AM-11:00 PM), S & S (10:00 AM-10:00 PM)

Matt’s El Rancho
Hidden under the guise of a traditional martini, Matt’s El Rancho serves up the Mexican martini as a specialty drink just as many other Tex/Mex restaurants. It’s known as the “knock out” so one can only assume that one drink will be plenty.

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Hours: M, W, R, Sun (11:00 AM-10:00 PM), F & Sat (11:00 AM-11:00 PM)

Curra’s Grill
On top of serving an avocado margarita (yes, you read that correctly. It’s wonderful), Curra’s also serves a Mexican martini. When Bud and I dined at Curra’s we ordered both drinks to give ourselves the opportunity to sample both. Neither disappointed. Curra’s doesn’t fancy up the Mexican martini, but the drink doesn’t need it. The fewer ingredients, the better and that’s the way Curra’s does it. Plain, simple and tasty.

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Hours: Daily, 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Cedar Door
Supposedly home to the original Mexican margarita, Cedar Door has been serving up the cocktail for over 20 years. I’ve haven’t made a visit yet, but I’ve only heard good things. Apparently, one of their bartenders visited Mexico and experienced a margarita served in a martini glass. She then included the olive and olive juice to make a true blend of the two drinks.

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Hours: Daily, 11:00 AM-2:00 PM

Because I live in north Austin, I don’t often travel south of the river. However, Polvo’s is more than worth the trek to the south side of town. Typically, you get about two drinks out of a standard Mexican martini. At Polvo’s, you get about four so watch out. Don’t worry though, they serve all you can eat chips and have an outstanding salsa bar to help absorb all that tequila.

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Hours: Daily, 7:00 AM-11:00 PM




Kale Salad with Quinoa, Pecans and Goat Cheese


Sometimes you just need more green things in your life. Over the past few months, I’ve tried to incorporate more green things in my meals. It’s not that I don’t enjoy vegetables. I really do like asparagus and Brussels sprouts and spinach. It’s just that I don’t always remember to eat them.

As a result, I’ve begun eating salads for lunch. By no means is this a novel idea. I’m not the first woman to eat a salad for lunch, but I’m still proud of the fact that I’m doing it. I even feel good about myself after I eat the salad! It encourages me to continue the habit.

kalesalad2 To ensure that I eat more green things, I’ve switched up the salads that I eat for lunch. For a few weeks, I ate a salad with apples and cheddar and walnuts. Now I’ve moved on to a quinoa salad.

This kale salad with quinoa is perfect for lunch because it’s filling yet light. It’s enough to sustain you through the afternoon without weighing you down. The vinaigrette is just enough to spice up the salad without overwhelming the rest of the flavors. Pecans add a nice crunch while goat cheese contributes a smooth finish.

This kale and quinoa salad is enough to make me to switch to salads on a more permanent basis. Now if I could just kick the cookie habit.

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Kale Salad with Quinoa, Pecans and Goat Cheese
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Serves: 5
  • For the salad
  • 4 cups chopped kale
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup crumbled goat cheese
  • For the vinaigrette
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice
  1. Directions
  2. Placed the kale in a large bowl. Top with quinoa, pecans and goat cheese. Toss to combine ingredients.
  3. To make vinaigrette, whisk together olive oil, vinegar and lemon juice. Pour on top of salad. Toss salad once more to dress and serve immediately.