El Gran Malo
El Gran Malo is closed. Its owners now operate El Big Bad in downtown Houston
This small, Heights-area taqueria and bar packs serious pedigree. Boasting a menu of award-winning margaritas, the standouts are the blueberry jalapeno cilantro, cucumber mint and the Bravado, made with chili-infused tequila, Bravado spice habanero salsa and agave nectar. If you're more of a spirits fan, go for the infused tequilas that come in peculiar, tasty flavors including beet, bacon, cantaloupe and habanero ginger.
The menu features creative twists on standard quesadillas, torta burgers and street-style tacos. Try the snapper, carnitas and chicken tinga if you need to soak up that premium booze.