5 places to find great margaritas in the Dayton area

Amelia Robinson, Staff Writer

In our book, it is always margarita time. 

A lot of places sell margaritas, but they are not all made equally.

For fans of the salt, tequila, triple sec, ice and lime juice concoction, here is a quick rundown of some of the best margaritas in town. 

  • The Reigning Champ

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    (Photo: Dayton Daily News Archive photo of Bad Juans)

    It is called The Bad Juan, but this Dayton classic margarita is so good. Elsa’s has been serving the potent drink since 1979. The Bad Juan routinely tops best area margarita lists.

    Online: elsas.net

    Locations, phone numbers and hours:

    Elsa’s South3618 Linden Ave., Dayton, (937) 252-9635

    Open Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

    Elsa’s East — 6318 Far Hills Ave.,Washington Twp., (937) 439-3897

    Open Sunday 11 am. to 9 p.m.

    Elsa’s Kettering Sports Grill — 1216 E. Stroop Road., Kettering, (937) 938-7372

    Open Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

    Elsa’s on the Border — 1227 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, (937) 294-9210

    Sunday 11 am. to 9 p.m.


     

  • A Classic

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    (Photo Source: Abuelos Facebook page)

    A handcrafted margarita is good at Abuelo’s any day. 

    Online: abuelos.com

    Locations, phone numbers and hours

    Abuelo’s — 420 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek, (937) 426-3070

    Open Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Happy hour is 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.



  • Congo, congo, congo

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    (Source: El Meson's Facebook page)

    El Meson Restaurant knows how to make a cocktail. The margarita is one of the tastiest treats at the restaurant that specializes in cuisine from Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Have one or two in the restaurant’s Congo Bar or in one of the dining rooms. The restaurant has an extensive tequila selection to boot.

    Online: elmeson.net

    Location, phone number and hours:

    El Meson — 903 E. Dixie Drive in West Carrollton, (937) 859-8229

    Closed on Sundays.

  • Crafted with care

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    (Photo Source: Amelia Robinson. Justin Simmons, bar manager at Salar Restaurant and Lounge located at 410 E. Fifth St. in Dayton)

    Cocktails are taken very seriously at Salar Restaurant and Lounge. Margaritas are handcrafted at the world fusion restaurant led by chef-owner Margot Blondet. She graduated first in her class from Le Cordon Bleu in Lima, Perú.

    Online: www.salarrestaurant.com

    Location, phone number and hours:

    Salar — 410 E. Fifth St., Dayton’s Oregon District, (937) 203-3999

    Restaurant is closed Sundays.

  • Fiesta brunch

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    (Staff photo by Amelia Robinson)

    Get your Sunday Funday kicked off right with the Mexican buffet and a cold margarita at Salsas Mexican Restaurant.

    Online: salsasdayton.com

    Location, phone number and hours:

    Salsas — 4904 Airway Road in Riverside in the Airway Shopping Center, (937) 252-5131

    Open Sunday noon to 8 p.m. The buffet is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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