BEST OF DAYTON: The 3 best margaritas in town

Whether on the rocks or frozen, regular or flavored, Dayton has some pretty incredible margaritas.

But these are the three top vote-getters in’s Best of 2018 contest for Best Margarita.


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WINNER: Elsa's

Credit: Jim Ingram

Credit: Jim Ingram

Sometimes something “bad” can be so very, very good.

That’s the case for Elsa’s famous Bad Juan.

This premium margarita packs a punch.

Elsa’s has a history in Dayton that began on Linden Avenue in 1979. Today, Elsa’s has five Dayton locations. The Bad Juan routinely tops best area margarita lists.

Today Bad Juan is currently sold in supermarkets, local retailers and bars or restaurants in Dayton, Cincinnati, Columbus and Toledo.

Elsa’s On the Border, 1227 Wilmington Ave., Dayton | 937-938-7372

Elsa’s East Restaurant & Cantina, 3618 Linden Ave., Dayton | 937-252-9635

Elsa’s Kettering Sports Grill, 1216 E. Stroop Road, Kettering | 937-294-9210

Elsa’s South Restaurant & Cantina, 6318 Far Hills Ave., Centerville | 937-439-3897

Elsa’s Corner Cantina, 6204A Wilmington Pike, Sugarcreek Twp. | 937-310-1373


Credit: File photo

Credit: File photo


El Meson’s 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.

903 E. Dixie Drive, West Carrollton | 937-859-8229 | WebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: El Toro Bar & Grill

This local restaurant chain knows how to do authentic Mexican food right, so of course their margarita is on point!

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