In 1971, Mariano Martinez imagined a unique Mexican cuisine restaurant concept in Dallas which he opened with $500 and an SBA loan. The restaurant was so popular that Mariano had to reimagine how to keep up with demand for blender-made frozen margaritas. This led to his invention of the Frozen Margarita Machine, which is such a part of our culture that it now resides in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Mariano’s imagination is still evolving America’s margaritas to this day, recently creating a new handcrafted margarita on the rocks collection.
Read the full story and watch Mariano’s ABC News Nightline interview here, or visit the Wikipedia page.


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  1. The Most Imitated Restaurant in America
  2. A Dallas Restaurant Owner Remembers Life in Texas BT-Before Tex-Mex 
  3. The Southern Story Behind the Frozen Margarita Machine                                                       
  4. The Uniquely Texan Origins of the Frozen Margarita by Franz Lidz /  
  5. Margarita Machine Makes Way to Smithsonian By Coleen McCain Nelson / The Dallas Morning News
  6. The Story Of A Man Who Made It – Mariano Martinez Jr
  7. Quick Backstory of The World’s First Frozen Margarita Machine.           
  8. Bob Hope Standup at SMU
  9. National Museum of American History Acquires Frozen Margarita Machine                                                                          
  10. Early Influencers: The Man Who Invented the World’s First Frozen Margarita
  11. 15 Random Things You Can Totally Thank Texas For By Brice Sander / Buzzfeed
  12. The 10 Best Margaritas in Dallas By Amy McCarthy / Dallas Observer
  13. Mariano Martinez: Inventor, Visionary, Legend Behind Great Mexican Food in DFW By Angela Patterson, Guide
  14. Margarita Machine Shook Up History – Dallas Morning News
  15. Margarita Man’s Smithsonian Adventure – The Carmel Pine Cone
  16. Parade Magazine Article
  17. Featured Restaurant: La Hacienda Ranch – Dallas Real Estate Blog
  18. Smithsonian Limelight for Margarita Machine – Monterey Herald
  19. State of Texas Proclamations
  20. Dallas City Council Proclamation
  21. D Magazine Front Burner
  22. Dallas in a Glass by Eric Celeste – Dallas Morning News
  23. Toast of the Town – Texas Driver Magazine
  24. Frozen or On The Rocks? The Margarita Revival – Tex-Mex Cookbook
  25. The First Frozen Margarita – Where Guidebook
  26. High Profile Article
  27. 14 Best Things to Do in Arlington, Texas                                                                           
  28. Mariano Martinez and the Worlds First Frozen Margarita Machine.                                        
  29. Mariano Martinez on Rachel Ray’s Tasty Travels.                                                                                                                                

What Makes Us Different

From the original frozen margarita to transforming Texas Ranch Cuisine, innovation has always been at home in our kitchen. And it continues today with our custom-designed log fired grills. Using sweet mesquite wood logs, they burn hotter and faster than conventional grills, giving our fire-roasted salsa, steaks and seafood incredible flavor.

Quality Is Our Key Ingredient

It’s not just mesquite logs that give our food amazing taste, it’s the quality of our ingredients. Locally sourced, farm-fresh produce. Premium fajitas. All natural, Texas-grown chicken. Midwestern corn-fed steaks, hand selected and aged for 28 days. And, of course 100% Blue Agave tequila.

From the original Mariano’s that opened in 1971 to our six neighborhood restaurants, we welcome you to come on in and enjoy Texas Ranch Cuisine served by people who care, amidst authentic Texas ranch decor with a dash of vaquero. We also have special event rooms available to accommodate your next event.