The grass is green, the trees are budding, and spring is in the air! After snuggling up with warm drinks by the fireplace for months, it’s time for something cooler. If the nicer weather has you craving a margarita, you’re in luck. Whether you prefer frozen or on the rocks, Grand Rapids has plenty of amazing Mexican restaurants that serve plenty of tasty margaritas. We’re not just talking tequila and mix here.
Check out the innovative margaritas—and delicious food—at one, or more, of these local restaurants.
Housed in a remodeled 1920s neighborhood service station, Donkey Taqueria dishes up authentic Mexican food like barbacoa tacos and chips served with homemade guacamole. Their bar is a don’t-miss. “We always carry the best selection of tequila in the city with over 130 varieties,” says Tina Iker, Director of Operations.
Donkey’s standard margaritas include a classic lime flavor, prickly pear, mango, white peach, and jalapeño.
Donkey Taqueria - Margaritas with Coaster
Photo Credit: Experience Grand Rapids
Lindo Mexico expanded for the second time last fall and for good reason: lots of people enjoy the casual, family-owned restaurant and the authentic, fresh food prepared by their chef each morning. In addition to special dishes like chimichangas and Camarones (shrimp)—and a coconut flan you won’t want to pass up—Lindo Mexico offers more than 10 different tequilas and a wide variety of margaritas.
Reservations are recommended for parties of 6 or more.
Just around the corner from Van Andel Arena, Luna embraces the rich culinary heritage of Latin America and features contemporary Latin foods. The menu at Luna changes regularly, but you can always expect delicious food and creative drinks. In addition to the food specials they’ll be serving for Cinco de Mayo, you can expect to see inspired margaritas.
“Our bartenders like to use fresh, in-season produce to create new features every week,” says Mario Cascante, owner of Luna. “For example, this week we are experimenting with watermelon as our margarita feature.” Their current menu includes a classic, pink, top-shelf, spicy, mango and Paloma margarita, which range from $6-$8. They also offer a flight—a super fun way to try 3 different margarita flavors—for $12.
Reservations are strongly recommended for parties of any size!
Luna margarita flight
Photo Credit: photo courtesy of Luna Taqueria & Cocina located at 64 Ionia Ave SW #100
You’ll find Cinco de Mayo just across from the Grand Rapids Art Museum, serving authentic Mexican and Tex-Mex food in an upbeat atmosphere in the 150-year-old Flat Iron Building. The menu features fajitas, a hot-and-spicy burrito, and more.
The colorfully-decorated restaurant features murals by Grand Rapids artist Rolando Mancer and the original tin ceilings and exposed brick add a historic element to the décor.
Less than five miles from downtown Grand Rapids, the Beltline Bar, a long-time local favorite that’s been in GR since 1953, features a classic Mexican menu. The restaurant has served over 5 million burritos—a menu favorite that keeps customers coming back year after year.
Lindo Mexico margaritas
Photo Credit: photo courtesy of Lindo Mexico located at 1742 28th St SW