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CHUY'S

SILVER ANNIVERSARY MARGARITA

The best way to cure a hangover is to start drinking again. More alcohol, combined with decent Tex-Mex and attractive women, will ease even the worst of morning-after pains. I find myself taking this remedy late on a Saturday morning at Chuy's Restaurant (2706 Westheimer, 713-524-1700), hanging out with two fetching blonds and a striking brunette scholar who's pursuing a double master's in long legs and sass. We crowd together at the bar waiting for a table to open up, and order a round of Silver Anniversary Margaritas, which come in these awesome yet small plastic commemorative cups. If you've lived in Houston longer than a year and you've never been to Chuy's, you should seriously consider moving to Connecticut. Although the original location is in Austin, Chuy's combination of lay Catholicism, Elvis idolatry and low-rider culture epitomizes Houston's industrialized, BMI-be-damned attitude. Regulars know it takes anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to find a parking space here, as the place knows only two levels of business, closed or packed. After about 20 minutes, we finally get a booth. As The Four Tops' "Bernadette" plays in the background, I nurse my liquid aspirin and ponder the menu. Soon my brunette companion is chiding me for taking too long to order. "You drink like a girl," I reply. She shoots back, "So do you." Of course, I down the rest of my margarita and order another round. It appears I'll be working on yet another hangover cure come tomorrow.

1 shot Herradura Silver tequila 1/2 shot Cointreau orange liqueur 6 ounces lime juice

Combine Herradura Silver, Cointreau and lime juice in shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Pour into rocks glass or shitty plastic commemorative cup. Remind yourself that you're doing this only to cure your hangover.

 
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