Margaritas do not need to be artisanal or elitist in order to be enjoyed.
In fact, many popular US chains serve up decent margaritas – and at decent prices.
In fact, several chains around the country serve margaritas for less than $5, even when it’s not happy hour.
But most importantly, chain restaurants are accessible. After all, sometimes when you’re craving a margarita, a less-than-authentic drink from a popular chain will do the trick just fine.
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, we checked out some of the best margaritas that popular chain restaurants offer around the US.
Chipotle’s standard, house margaritas made with Sauza tequila are some of the most inexpensive around, starting at $4.50. If you’re feeling classy, you can get the Patrón margarita, priced between $6.50 and $8.
Select Taco Bells
You have to go to a Taco Bell Cantina in San Francisco or Chicago to get a Twisted Cantina Margarita Freeze, but if you do, you can also swap out the tequila for rum or vodka.
According to Chicagoist, a Cantina Margarita with tequila goes for $7.19.
- TGI Friday’s
To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Friday’s is serving up a $5 Blue ‘Rita Shaker at participating locations – a drink that typically costs from $5 to $11 dollars. If you miss Cinco de Mayo, you can visit TGI Friday’s on Monday, when the chain serves up $3 margaritas.
Applebee’s serves up a wide array of margaritas, including the Blue Agave ‘Rita, the Mango Jalapeno ‘Rita, and the Perfect Margarita, served with an olive. Drink specials vary by location.
Señor Frogs launched in Mexico in 1969, and has since grown into a chain ofrowdy clubs known for wild dance parties and fruity drinks. In fact, even Pete Wells of the New York Times gave the restaurant a positive review.
Chevy’s serves up the “Party ‘Rita” – an over-sized margarita, intended to be shared.
But for those not ready to plunge into that big drink, a house margarita is $6.29, according to Menu Prices, and fancier variations are slightly more expensive.
The 34-location chain serves up both the Squeezarita and the Slenderita, for customers cutting calories.
- Tony Roma
A signature margarita will put you back only $6.25. Though Chuy’s locations are concentrated restaurant in the South and Midwest with most locations in Texas, it boasts ample servings of food to go along with the margaritas. It calls its philosophy a “food full-osophy.” And according to the Motley Fool, the chain plans to grow.
To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Chili’s is serving up its Presidente Margarita for $5 all day on Thursday.
The menu may be inspired by Australian cuisine, but Outback Steakhouse serves up a mean Gold Coast ‘Rita. Paste Magazine even went so far as to name this unlikely drink one of the top 10 chain cocktails you can find.