25 Best Mexican Restaurants for Cinco de Mayo
America's favorite Mexican holiday is almost here! Put on your sombreros, whip up some tequila-fused cocktails, and entertain your friends with your favorite Mexican dishes this Cinco de Mayo.
Transform your home into a Mexican cantina with DiningIn’s 25 best Mexican restaurants for Cinco de Mayo with tacos, salsa and chips, enchiladas, and fresh guac delivered straight to your door.
Related blog: 12 Easy Cinco de Mayo Recipes
Best Dallas Restaurants for Cinco de Mayo
Recommended: Quesadillas de Brisket (slow cooked brisket served with guacamole, sour cream and pico de gallo), Fajita Taco Salad (our same great taco salad served with choice of beef tenderloin or chicken fajita meat), Carnita Tacos (three slow roasted pork tacos with spicy arbol and creamy avocado sauces served with Charro beans), and Avocado Enchiladas (two enchiladas filled with fresh sliced avocado and covered in a mild cilantro cream sauce served with black beans and Spanish rice).
Recommended: Dos Equis Amber Barbacoa Empanadas (3 dobo-spiked braised chicken, herbs and potatoes in a hand-rolled fresh masa pouch), Roast Corn & Lime Crema Taco (priced per taco; pico de gallo, guacamole & cilantro), 7 Layer Salad (romaine leaf lettuce, adobo ranch dressing, black beans, charred corn, pico de gallo, queso fresco, tortilla strips), Al Pastor Mexico City Torta (Adobo & chile-rubbed pork, white beans, pico de piña, queso fresco & avocado-lime crema. Prepared on adobo grilled Mexican telera bread (white or whole wheat). Served with yucca fries & mango jicama slaw. Also can be served in a bowl over poblano green rice), and Chicken Tinga Tacos (priced per taco. Adobo-spiked braised chicken, queso fresco & avocado-lime crema).
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Recommended: Top Shelf Guacamole (made fresh, serves two to four), Tacos al Carbon (three chicken or beef tacos and queso. Served with rice and your choice of beans: black beans, refried beans, or ranchero beans), Ensalada de Cilantro y Pollo (Fajita chicken with black beans, red pepper, monterey jack cheese and avocado with cilantro-lime dressing) , Mango Tres Leches (creamy vanilla cake with mango cream sauce).
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Chuy’s Tex- Mex
Recommended: Special Nachos (Freshly made tostada chips layered with refried beans, cheese & jalapeños with lettuce & tomato guacamole and pico de gallo), Seasoned Ground Sirloin Burrito (a homemade, 12" flour tortilla stuffed with refried beans, cheese, and seasoned ground sirloin. Served with your choice of sauce and Mexican rice or green chile rice), Chicka-Chicka-Boom-Boom Enchiladas (Freshly-roasted, hand-pulled chicken and cheese with Boom-Boom sauce, made with cheese, roasted New Mexican green chiles, tomatillos, green onions, cilantro, and lime juice;homemade corn tortillas and served with your choice of rice and beans).
Image: Chuy's, Elvis Presley Memorial Combo
Best Philadelphia Restaurants for Cinco de Mayo
Recommended: Guacamole (house made tortilla chips), Carnitas Tacos (house made tortillas, confit pork, tomatillo salsa verde, Spanish onion, and fresh cilantro), Spicy Brisket Tacos (house made tortillas, confit pork, tomatillo salsa verde, Spanish onion, and fresh cilantro), Ahi Tuna Ceviche (thinly sliced ahi tuna, citrus and guajillo chile marinade, cucumber, cilantro, yucca chips.), Xochitl Salad (Mixed greens, baby arugula, spiced pumpkin seeds, shaved jicama, red radish, grape tomato, cojita cheese, lime and sweet pepper vinaigrette), Cocktail de Seafood (shrimp, calamari, sea bass, spicy Mexican cocktail sauce, tortilla chips), and Rice & Manchego.
Recommended: "Bazooka" Limon Guacamole (goat cheese, chile flake, pistachio, roasted tomato), Melted Manchego Salsa (manchego cheese, sweet onions; served with fresh corn tortilla chips, salsa verde and salsa roja), El Vez Burger (smoked poblano aioli, lettuce, tomato, avocado; served with choice of arugula alad, garlic chipotle fries or polenta fries), Tacos al Carbon (Build your own tacos with flour tortillas, rajas, pico de gallo, guacamole, and queso fresco. Choice of adobo chicken, char-grilled beef, grilled shrimp, or grilled portobello),and Crispy Mahi-Mahi Tacos (red cabbage, avocado, chipotle pepper remoulade).
Image: El Vez, Tacos Al Carbon
Recommended: Burritos (12" flour tortillas, choice of black or pinto beans, peppers & onions. Comes with rice, salsa, cheese, sour cream, and lettuce. Fresh made guacamole available for for an additional charge (except vegetarian because its included). Choose from chicken, steak, slow cooked spicy beef, vegetarian or burrito bowl), Three Soft Tacos (3 soft tacos. Comes with salsa, cheese, sour cream and lettuce. Fresh made guacamole available for for an additional charge (except vegetarian because its included). Choose from chicken, steak, slow cooked spicy beef, or vegetarian), Quesadillas (12" flour tortillas folded and filled with cheese, then grilled. Comes with salsa and sour cream. Fresh made guacamole available for for an additional charge (except vegetarian because its included). Choose from chicken, steak, slow cooked spicy beef, or vegetarian), and Chips n Guacamole.
Recommended: Southwestern Wingos (cilantro, garlic, and olive oil. Choose mild, wild, or insane. Served with celery with bleu cheese or ranch dressing. Your choice of seven or fourteen wings), Shrimp & Fun Guy Taquitos (Lettuce, garbanzo beans, cucumber, jicama, roasted corn, cherry tomatoes, avocado, and peppers. Choose from: fresh grilled chicken, portabello, grilled-to-order steak, tofu, shrimp, or no protein. Served with your choice of dressing), Spicy Mad Mex Burrito (Choose grilled chicken breast, steak, shrimp, portabello, or marinated tofu. Served in your choice of a white or whole wheat tortilla with Mexican rice, black beans, Monterey Jack cheese inside, lettuce and salsa on the outside), and Carnitas Quesadilla (Pork slow-roasted in garlic, cilantro, and beer, then folded in a white tortilla with Jack cheese, slaw, and pico de gallo).
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Recommended: Tortilla Soup (chicken, pasilla chile broth, queso fresco, and avocado), Huarache de Hongos (forest mushrooms, huitlacoche sauce, queso mixto, black truffle, and corn shoot), Enchilada de Pollo (coconut-habanero chicken, chihuahua cheese, epazote, and red chile sauce), Arroz con Frijoles Negros (rice and black beans), Tacos de Pollo (Chicken ropa vieja, queso fresco, and crema), and Chocolate Torte (Spiced chocolate cake, espresso ice cream, coffee gelee).
Image: Distrito, Enchilada de Pollo
Best Chicago Restaurants for Cinco de Mayo
Recommended: Mixto Ceviches (poached shrimp, octopus, epazote, mahi mahi, tomatillo pico de gallo, passion fruit-serrano broth), Habanero Salsa (grilled tomato, sautéed onion, and garlic . Includes chips), Estilo Baja Tortas (crispy beer battered mahi mahi, chipotle aioli, and Mexican style cole slaw. Mexican-style pressed sandwich w/ avocado, napa cabbage, black bean puree, tomato, and Oaxaca cheese, served with French fries), Carnitas de Puerco Tacos (Michoacan style braised pork, chile de arbol coleslaw, and toasted peanuts. Four tacos with homemade corn tortillas or substitue tortillas for bibb lettuce), and Mexican Cobb Salad (Romaine lettuce, red cabbage, corn, jicama, black beans, hard boiled egg, tomatillo pico de gallo, and queso fresco vinaigrette. Add grilled steak, chicken al carbon, or shrimp for an additional charge).
Uncle Julio’s Fine Mexican Food
Recommended: Pineapple Bacon Guacamole (Julio's famous recipe! Juicy pineapple, hickory smoked bacon, and crumbled queso fresco all mixed in to our fresh guacamole), Home-Made Tamales, Juanita's Platter, Our Original Fajitas (served with fresh guacamole, sour cream, cheese, pico de gallo, Mexican rice, frijoles a la charra, sauteed peppers and onions, and our homemade flour tortillas. Choose from: chicken, honey chipotle chicken. chicken and steak, fajita skirt steak, filet mignon, or grilled vegetables. Choice of: For 1 or For 2), and Mama Julio's Nachos (refried beans, Cheddar, Monterey Jack, fresh jalapeños, homemade guacamole, and sour cream. Add Chicken Fajita or Skirt Steak Fajita for an additional charge).
Credit: Uncle Julio's Fine Mexican Cuisine, Our Original Fajitas
Recommended: Chicken + Jalapeno Quesadilla (asada chicken, pickled jalapeno, and Jack cheese. Served on a warm crisp white flour tortilla, and with choice of salsa. Includes side of chips. Extra toppings available for an additional charge), Char-Grilled Black Angus Sirloin Steak Quesadilla (diced tomatoes, Jack cheese, and our onion-cilantro mix. Served on a warm crisp white flour tortilla, with choice of salsa. Includes side of chips. Extra toppings available for an additional charge), and Toasted Signature Burritos (Your choice of meat or veggies. Choice of Flour, Whole Wheat, or Spinach tortilla).
Recommended: Tres Quesos Quesadillas (queso panela, Chihuahua, and queso fresco), Carne Asada-Steak Taco (served with onion and cilantro, and your choice of tortillas: flour, corn, lettuce leaves), Ceviche Campechana (citrus marinated shrimp and crab), and Zapa Burrito (Your choice of Carnitas, Tinga de Pollo, or Carne Asada with crema, Chihuahua cheese, Mexican rice, black beans, and pico de gallo).
Su Casa Mexican Cuisine
Recommended: Enchiladas (three cheese enchiladas served with choice of salsa roja, salsa verde, or mole sauce, made with almonds and peanuts. Topped with choice of sour cream or Cheddar cheese. Served with rice and refried beans. Add chicken or beef for an additional charge), Con Queso Dip, Combinacion Su Casa (A beef taco, a chicken enchilada, and a tamale topped with chili con carne. Served with rice and refried beans), Ensalada con Pollo (fresh greens with crisp vegetables and avocado slices, topped with a sliced grilled chicken breast. Served in a crunchy tostada shell), and Tres Leches Cake.
Image: Su Casa Mexican Cuisine
Best Boston Restaurants for Cinco de Mayo
Zuma Tex-Mex Grill
Recommended: Chimi (Your choice of chicken, black bean, or shredded beef wrapped in a crispy flour tortilla with shredded jack and cheddar. Served with chipotle dipping sauce. Order by the piece or by the dozen), Firecrackers (Fresh jalapenos dipped in fluffy Dos Equis amber beer batter and quick fried. Order by the piece. Filled with your choice of cheese, chicken & cheese, or shrimp & cheese), Haas Guacamole, Crispy Taco (A warm, crispy corn tortilla filled with spicy chicken or ground beef or pico de gallo, cheese and shredded lettuce), and Wood Grilled Quesadillas (Your choice of spinach, tomato, & Goat cheese, or three cheese, or grilled chicken, or grilled steak. Served with sour cream and pico de gallo. Make it a meal with rice and beans for an additional charge).
Casa Romero Mexican Cuisine
Recommended: Caramelos (Grilled beef & cheese taco wrapped in a flour tortilla), Enchiladas Poblanas o Verdes (Green enchiladas with chicken, creamy tomatillo sauce, cheese, and sour cream or Enchiladas with chicken, mole poblano sauce, cheese, and sour cream; served with your choice of two sides), Puerdo Adobado en Chipotle & Naranja (Casa Romero’s legendary signature dish. tenderloin of pork, marinated in oranges, tamarind, and smoked chipotle peppers; served with your choice of two sides), and Camarones al Huitlacoche (broiled shrimp stuffed with a filling of seafood and herbs served over a huitlacoche sauce; served with your choice of two sides).
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El Pelon Taqueria
Recommended: Carne Asada Quesadilla (A soft corn tortilla with refried beans, limed onions, pickled cabbage, cucumbers and fire roasted salsa. Choice of: one or two), El Guapo (Grilled steak, Mexican rice, black beans, fried plantains, Jack cheese & fire roasted salsa, romaine lettuce, and crema. Available with guacamole for additional charges), Pollo (Grilled Chicken) Burrito (black beans, Mexican rice, Jack cheese, romaine lettuce and salsa fresca, rolled in a flour tortilla with crema and hot sauce upon request. Available with guacamole for additional charges), Pescado Burrito (Black beans, Mexican rice, Jack cheese, romaine lettuce and salsa fresca, rolled in a flour tortilla with crema and hot sauce upon request. Available with guacamole for additional charges), and Platos (Your choice of chicken, steak, pork, fish, or veggies served with Mexican rice. Choice of beans, rajas con queso, and two corn tortillas).
Recommended: Paco Taco Salad (Lettuce mix, chopped tomatoes, scallions, jalapenos, cheese, olives, and guacamole in a big taco shell. Served with lime vinaigrette and salsa. Add blackened or grilled swordfish, chicken, salmon or shrimp), Chicken Fajita Skins (Topped with three color peppers, onions, pepperjack and cheddar cheeses. Served with ranch dressing), South of the Border Giant Fiesta Nachos (Hot nachos topped with your choice of chili, jalapenos, scallions, tomatoes, black olives, jack and cheddar cheeses, shredded lettuce, guacamole, and sour cream, salsa on the side. Your choice of size. Add BBQ, cajun, buffalo chicken, bbq oulled pork, black beans or taco beef).
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Recommended: Golocco (create your own concoction using the ingredients from the add or substitute menu), Classic Mexican (tomato salsa, cilantro, melted cheese, pinto beans, and boloco rice. Your choice of filling, size and tortilla), Bangkok Thai (Thai-style peanut sauce, Asian slaw, cucumbers, and brown rice. Your choice of filling, size and tortilla), and Nutella Milkshake (Creamy nutella, skim milk, and non-fat frozen yogurt. Your choice of size. Add enhancers upon request).
Image: Olecito, Tacos
Best Twin Cities Restaurants for Cinco de Mayo
Andale Taqueria & Mercado
Recommended: Carne Asada Tacos (thinly sliced sirloin steak seasoned with house blend. Served on fresh soft corn tortillas, garnished with fresh chopped cilantro, onions and your choice of salsa), Chips & Guacamole, Pollo a la Mexicana Tacos (Specially seasoned shredded chicken prepared with tomatoes, green peppers and onins. Served on fresh soft corn tortillas, garnished with fresh chopped cilantro, onions and your choice of salsa.), Chorizo Tacos, Suadero Alambres (Beef brisket. Green and red peppers, onions, bacon, ham prepared, then served over five double corn tortillas), and Queso de Puerco Tortas (Head cheese, mexican sandwich served on a telera roll with queso fresco, beans, mayonnaise, onions, tomatoes, avocado, and jalapenos).
Recommended: Ensalada de Corazon de Palmitos, Tacos Con Arroz y Frijoles, Quesadilla con Camarones, Chilaquiles con Salsa Verde, and Crepes con Cajeta.
Image: MASA, Puerco Veracruzano
Recommended: Chicken Caesar Burrito (Grilled chicken, lettuce, parmesan cheese & Caesar dressing. We made all our burritos in fresh homemade flour tortillas), Guacamole Dip (Authentic house recipe with enough to share), Fajita Burrito (Your choice of meat or veggies; with cheese, lettuce, black beans, guacamole, sour cream, cheese, grilled veggies & pico de gallo. We made all our burritos in fresh homemade flour tortillas), Enchiladas (Corn tortillas, mild red sauce, Jack or cheddar cheese & sour cream; or queso blanco and pico de gallo), Quesadillas (Flour tortillas, Jack or cheddar cheese, with guacamole, pico de gallo and sour cream), and Margarita Chicken Salad (Grilled chicken, pico de gallo, beans, corn salsa, cucumbers, cheese & tortilla strips. Tossed in honey lime dressing. We use crispy romaine lettuce in all our salads).
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Aurelia’s Authentic Mexican Food
Recommended: Tacos (All Day Long; your choice of Carnitas, al pastor, chicken, steak, barbacoa, ground beef fish shrimp), Chicken Guacamole Wrap (Lettuce, mixed peppers, mixed cheese, corn, guacamole, chicken and pico d gailo), Rice Water (Horchata), Taco Salad (Mixed greens, ground beef or chicken, beans, pico de gallo, mixed cheeses, sour cream, salsa, queso fresco and rice), Aztec Tortilla Soup (Roasted tomatoes, onion, and huajillo pepper, with chicken, topped with cripsy tortilla strips, queso fresco and cilantro), and Aurelia's Burrito (Rice, beans, lettuce, corn salsa, pico de gallo, cheese, salsa, sour cream and either steak, chicken, al pastor, carnitas, barbacoa and ground beef).
Recommended: Corona Skirt Tacos (A Cantina favorite! two double marinade skirt steak tacos inside flour tortillas topped with cheddar Jack chesse & fresh cilantro. Served with a side of patron salsa & lime), Half Chicken Torta (Our fajita grilled chicken on telera bread with a pinto bean paste & fresh tomato, shredded lettuce & cheddar Jack cheese. Served with a side of soup or side salad), Avocado Ranch Chicken Salad (Grilled chicken breast, romaine lettuce, sliced avocado, tomato & red onions. Served in a fried tortilla bowl with a Southwest ranch dressing), Creme Poblano Soup (This house specialty is rich in fresh grated cheddar Jack cheese, heavy cream, poblano peppers & secret spices sure to tantalize your taste buds), and Veggie Fajitas (This is a vegetarian favorite with sizzlin yellow squash, onions, zucchini & green bell peppers. Served with a side of guacamole, pico de gallo, shredded lettuce & sour cream.).
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