Though many people don’t know that Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexico’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, they are familiar with the parades, music, food and drinks that accompany this day of Hispanic heritage. Honor history by indulging in a few drinks and traditional dishes at these local haunts.
Los Sombreros pollo fundido | Photo courtesy Elaina V. Public Relations
Though Cinco de Mayo falls on a Wednesday this year, Los Sombreros is keeping the party going all day long with $5 house margaritas and authentic, award-winning Mexican specialties. Dine-in customers can enjoy live music on the patio, while those opting for takeout can get 20 percent off their order with code CARRYOUT.
Two Valley locations, lossombreros.com
Blue Clover Distillery
Want to spice things up this Cinco de Mayo? Try Blue Clover’s signature green chile cheese fries paired with a hand-crafted cocktail with spicy vodka infused with green chile and jalapeño for $15. Also on tap: 11 other craft vodka, gin, tequila and whiskey cocktails.
7042 E. Indian School Rd., Scottsdale, 480-946-1062, bluecloverdistillery.com
Belle’s Nashville Kitchen
Start your holiday off right with a tequila tasting. Belle’s will offer flights of four 1-ounce pours of blanco, anejo, reposado and mezcal for $35. Cinco de Mayo food specials include three tequila and lime chicken tacos for $11.
7212 E. Main St., Scottsdale, 480-590-3190, bellesnashvillekitchen.com
The fiesta starts at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 5 at all three Jalapeño Inferno locations, where cervezas are just $3 and margaritas are $6 to $8. Appetizer specials include queso bean dip ($6), guac ($7) and ceviche ($8). Ample patio seating and margarita tasting will take place at all locations. Peoria’s Park West location will have a tent, extended seating and a DJ.
Three Valley locations, jalapenoinferno.com
CRUjiente beef tacos | Photo by Everardo Keeme
Take advantage of all-day happy hour at CRUjiente, where crunchy tacos are $4.50 to $5.50 and margaritas are just $5. Must-try: garlic roasted mushroom ($5) and pork belly ($3.50) tacos, and the coconut marg with house agave syrup and fresh lime.
3961 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602-687-7777, crutacos.com
Ghett’ Yo’ Taco
Tacos, tequila, music and merry-making. Find it all at Ghett’ Yo’ Taco in Chandler, where a singular Cinco de Mayo experience starts at 10 a.m. on May 5. The annual Cinco de Chandler event is an all-day, family-friendly fiesta featuring authentic street tacos, celebratory sips, face painting, piñata making and a DJ. Admission for kids 12 and under is free. Adults can purchase tickets online for $5 or at the door for $8.
241 S. Oregon St., Chandler, 480-726-9654, ghettyotaco.com
Match Market & Bar
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel’s on-site restaurant will be offering $8 green chile pork tacos, $7 margaritas and $5 chips and house-made guacamole. Bring the whole familia for an even sweeter deal – order all three specials for $18.
1100 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-875-8080, matchphx.com
Macayo’s is going all out for Cinco de Mayo and bringing guests a five-day celebration from Saturday, May 1 through Wednesday, May 5, when customers can snag $2 Dos Equis beers, $4 shots of Fireball, $6 beer and shot combos, an 1800 margarita or an a la carte chimi ($7.50 each).
Seven Valley locations, macayo.com
Ghost Ranch margarita | Photo courtesy Evolve PR & Marketing
Two-dollar tacos?! Si, por favor! Choose from carne asada, al pastor, chicken or pork, plus drink specials that include $5 margaritas and frosé and $4 pints of Modelo Especial.
1006 E. Warner Rd., Tempe, 480-474-4328, ghostranchaz.com