Best Margaritas In Cleveland

May 27, 2011 8:49 PM

Cleveland has its share of Mexican dining establishments. Not every one gets rave reviews for its margaritas, but there are a few that patrons suggest above the rest. – Kurt D. Moore

Momocho Mod Mex

1835 Fulton Road
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 694-2122

Momocho Mod Mex, one of Cleveland’s premiere Mexican restaurants, also stands out as a top spot to grab a few margaritas. The restaurant, featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives,” is located in the historic Ohio City community. Golden margaritas are offered for half-price during happy hour, 5 to 6:30 pm., Tuesday through Friday. Patrons crave the cucumber margaritas. Seasonal outside seating is available. Hours are 5 p.m. to close Tuesday through Saturday and 4 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

Johnny Mango World Cafe & Bar

3120 Bridge Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 575-1919

Johnny Mango is a name that just screams to get your drink on. Margaritas are always made with real ingredients. Along with Johnny’s Classic, the traditional Mexican margarita, the restaurant offers other varieties, such as a rich selection of fruit margaritas. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. The bar is open until 1 a.m. nightly.

Nuevo Acapulco

24409 Lorain Road
North Olmsted, OH 44070
(440) 734-3100

Nuevo Acapulco, promoted as “the west side’s most talked about Mexican restaurant,” gets praise for its festive atmosphere, home-cooked Mexican cuisine and its drinks. The restaurant has an extensive selection of fruit-flavored margaritas and offers specials during its 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. happy hour. Fans praise its Cadillac margarita. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Zocalo Mexican Grill and Tequileria

2071 East Fourth Street
Cleveland, OH 44115
(216) 781-0420

Zocalo Mexican Grill & Tequileria, praised for its authentic and diverse Mexican cuisine and large selection of Mexican beers and tequilas, also gets top marks for its margaritas. It gets kudos for its adventurism, such as its mint mocha margarita that is made with Patron XO, peppermint and Mexican chocolate. Zocalo offers $5 select margaritas during happy hour, which is 2 to 7 p.m. weekdays, and late night happy hour, 11 p.m. to close nightly. Kitchen hours are 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11:30 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. The bar stays open at least an hour after the kitchen closes.