Monday, May 5th, 2014, is Cinco de Mayo, which commemorates the Mexican army's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. More widespread in the United States than Mexico, this day celebrates Mexican heritage and pride and is often mistakenly thought to be Mexico’s Independence Day. It has now developed into a celebration with parades, street festivals, mariachi bands, and traditional foods.
Get in the spirit and celebrate at one of Philadelphia’s many Mexican restaurants. Ranging from upscale Mexican to more traditional taco joints and even Mexican street foods, Philadelphia’s restaurants offer a range of options to satisfy your Cinco de Mayo appetite. Enjoy a traditional or flavored Margarita and don’t forget to say “Salud!”
This popular, kitschy Stephen Starr restaurant offers an extensive selection of guacamoles, tacos and enchiladas. El Vez serves at least six different varieties, like the “Indian Red Lopez” with crab, cilantro and salsa roja (pictured). El Vez is also known for its many margaritas, which are served with fresh lime juice and come in either a glass or pitcher. Remember the good times by snapping a few pictures in the photo booth located at the back of the bar. 121 S. 13th st.
Upscale Mexican cuisine is served at Tequila’s, a beautiful, romantic restaurant set in an old Victorian mansion, decorated with day of the dead murals. Try one of their seafood specials, like the Grouper Filet in Salsa Tequila, or the Molcajetes, either chicken or beef served in a lava rock bowl, which is heated in the over, covered with spicy salsa and served with corn tortillas. And you’ll get a kick out of the talented waiters who bring your margaritas to your table on their head. Special menu available from May 2-7, featuring traditional dishes from the Puebla region. 1602 Locust St.
Cantina Los Caballitos
Cantina Los Caballitos, located on East Passyunk Ave., celebrates Cinco de May from May 2-5 with drink specials all weekend long, including $2 Corona Light, $3 Dos Equis, $6 El Mayor, $6 Maestro Dobel, and the long awaited return of the popular Watermelon Margaritas. Choose from their selection of tacos and burritos, like shrimp tacos with black beans, guac and pico de gallo (pictured). And enjoy the beautiful weather on their large outdoor patio space. Star Wars fans can also celebrate “May the Fourth be With You” on Sunday, May 4th, when Cantina will offer giveaways, food and drink specials and the showing of Star Wars Episodes IV & V at 10pm in the bar. 1651 E. Passyunk Ave.
Cantina Dos Segundos
At Cantina Dos Segundos, by the same owner as Cantina Los Caballitos, you’ll enjoy drink specials all weekend long, from Fri May 2 through Mon May 5. Enjoy $3 Corona Light, $3 Dos Equis, $6 El Mayor, $6 Maestro Dobel, $6 Tequilla Cheladas and the return of Watermelon Margaritas (pictured). If you want to celebrate early on the weekends, stop in for Mexican brunch, offered daily from 11am-4pm. 931 N. 2nd St.
Celebrate the 5 days leading up to Cinco de Mayo at this University City restaurant with drink and food specials. May 1 - $1 Lion’s Head cans, May 2 - $2 Corona Light draft and $2 Tecate cans, May 3 - $3 Corona bottles, $3 Pacifico bottles and $3 Dos Equis draft (either Lager or Amber), May 4 - $4 Draft Pints (Corona Light, Dos Equis Lager or Amber, Negra Modelo, Modelo Especial), $4 House Margaritas, $4 Sangrias, $4 Tequilamosas. May 5 - $5 House/Frozen Margaritas, $5 Mexican Dragon, $5 Mexican Quaker, $5 Corona Familiar (32oz), $5 Sangria & more (all draft beers $4). There will also be specials on Mexican street food, like $6 carnitas tacos, and a $25 three-course menu, including the delicious Los Hongos Huarache, with is a corn masa flatbread, with forest mushrooms, hutlacoche sauce, queso mixto and black truffle oil. 3945 Chestnut St.
Loco Pez, a popular Mexican bar and taqueria in Fishtown was inspired by LA taco trucks and serves nachos, tacos, burritos, and enchiladas with classic fillings, like carne asada and al pastor. For drinks, they offer 25 types of tequilas, and makes great margaritas, as well as a large selection of Mexican and local beer. Try to catch the great happy hour for $4 margaritas and half off nachos or their random $1 taco nights. On Monday, celebrate with “Cerdo de Mayo” with the 1st whole pig of the year. Please note, Loco Pez is cash only. 2401 E. Norris St.
McGillin's Olde Ale House
Although it seems strange that an Irish bar would get into the Cinco festivities, McGillin’s, Philly’s oldest tavern, will celebrate by serving up Mexican beer, an extensive selection of margaritas and Mexican fare all day on the 5th. 1310 Drury St.