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Guide to Doing Cinco De Mayo Right

Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner, which means you should be double fisting tacos y margaritas. Originally devised to celebrate the triumph of the Mexican army over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, Cinco de Mayo has become a universal celebration of the traditions and food de México. Check out the spots below to join the festivities near you and get your Cinco de Drinko on:

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Miami – Coyo Taco

Coyo Taco is a trendy taqueria taking a farm-to-table approach to Mexican cuisine. Walk to the back of the restaurant and through a blue door marked ‘Employees Only’. A short hallway will lead you to the ‘hidden’ bar. There, you’ll discover inspired cuisine from the renowned Executive Chef and author Scott Linquist. 

Chicago – Mercadito

Chicagoans, you cannot go wrong with Mercadito on Cinco de Mayo—or any other day. Upon stepping into this River North hotspot, you are immediately transported to a warmer destination. From the beautiful artwork by Erni Vales to the luxe lounge, the ambiance pairs perfectly with one of Mercadito’s killer margaritas and guac.

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Los Angeles – Red O

As the 2009 winner of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, it was only natural for legendary Mexican cuisine creator Rick Bayless to bring his flavorful cuisine to the eager diners of Los Angeles. Red O was concepted to provide a new experience for those looking indulge in outside-the-box cuisine. We love the tequila tasting and taco bar event.

Houston – Pistolero’s

With an impressive selection of tequila and mezcal as well as famous tacos, Pistolero’s is the spot to be if you’re in the Houston area this Cinco de Mayo. Indulge in an upscale take on Mexican street food at this modern journey south of the border.

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Philadelphia – Distrito

Celebrated owner and head chef, Jose Garces, is not only a recipient of the James Beard Foundation’s ‘Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic’ award, but one of the few to hold the title of ‘Iron Chef’. Perfect for those looking to take a culinary journey south of the border, the award-winning fare at this Philly favorite (voted one of the “Best Mexican Restaurants in Philly” from Thrillist) is sure to impress.

New York City – Anejo Tribeca

Learn how to throw a killer fiesta in the Big Apple. The mixologists and in-house chef at Anejo Tribeca will teach your guests how to make their famous guacamole and the “best margarita in NYC” as ranked by the Village Voice.

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Washington, D.C. – MXDC

Revel in rich and flavorful fare at MXDC, a crowd-pleaser inspired by internationally renowned chef, Todd English’s travels to Mexico. The menu encompasses many delicious Mexican staples that have an inventive, modern twist. With an extensive list of premium tequilas, anyone looking for a luxe spot to sip and savor is sure to have a good time. 

San Francisco – Loló Cevichería

Instantly transporting guests to a whimsical Peruvian oasis or a vibrant tapas restaurant in Mexico, this Mexican-Peruvian fusion Mission spot is just the spot for entertaining. Loló Cevichería’s colorful digs showcase eclectic chandeliers, bright blue mirrors and a flashy red wall featuring a hip mural. We guarantee that the delicious sangria recipes will trump all other sangria.

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