Around Tucson, the best micheladas usually consists of a Clamato base with lime juice, hot sauce, and any combination of Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, or Maggi Jugo served on ice in a Tajín-rimmed glass.
Don’t be afraid of the Clamato. In some strange twist of fate, it pairs beautifully with lagers and pilsners for a savory, sour, spicy, and salty salivating drink.
Here are our picks for the best micheladas in Tucson.
El Berraco doesn’t fuss around with any exotic ingredients. Their michelada garnishes include cool cucumber and a mouth-puckering saladito. It’s essentially the same recipe as the beloved michelada from sister restaurant BK Tacos.
For more information, visit el-berraco.com.
La Botana has its own dedicated michelada menu section. Get a classic with tamarind, or with shrimp.
For more information, visit labotanagrill.com.
I definitely appreciate the entire shrimp that comes with each giant michelada at Mariscos Mi Mazatlan. Take advantage of the wide array of hot sauces at the table to custom-season your own mug.
For more information, call (520) 790-2888 or visit Mariscos Mi Maztlan on Facebook.
As a judge of the 2016 Michelada Challenge where The Neighborhood won both the people’s choice award and the judge’s choice with blind tasting and scoring, I can confirm this michelada is ‘too legit to quit.’
I’ve been back for one since then and enjoyed the Titanic Michelada as a meal of its own with all the Mexican snacks contained within the mug.
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Louie’s michelada doesn’t feature any over the top garnishes, but it succeeds as a well-balanced michelada with the right balance of lime, umami, and spice.
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Jackie Tran is a Tucson-based food writer, photographer, culinary educator, and owner-chef of the food truck Tran’s Fats. Although he is best known locally for his work for Tucson Foodie, his work has also appeared in publications such as Bon...