Cinco de Mayo: The Parties, The Chihuahua Races, The Lime Shortages

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We all know that Cinco de Mayo is just an arbitrary holiday gringos picked to allow them to throw on their Party-City-bought sombreros and appropriate Mexican culture without too many consequences. But after all the debaucherous drinking and eating we can at least rest assured that Montezuma’s Revenge will be afflicting a fair share of sombreBros…..just kidding. Sort of.

Anyway, we can’t hate too much because we still love tequila and if there’s a day where margaritas are $2 and we can eat as many tacos as we want, count us in. Even if there is a crazy cartel-related lime shortage. 🙁

Since Cinco falls on a Monday this year, that means three days of sloppy decision-making. If you’re looking for a history lesson on what Cinco de Mayo is really about, we recommend this one. But if you DGAF and just want to party, check out our picks — click your city below to see what’s happening this weekend!


Los Angeles

We love to eat any time of year, but Cinco de Mayo is the time when restaurants and bars come up with special treats and deals for us. Here’s what some of our favorites have on deck:


4030 East Gage Ave. Bell, CA 90201
(323) 773-1898

This place has been around for fifteen years for a reason. Chefs Jaime Martin del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu have a serious commitment to retaining authenticity and using only fresh, local, and seasonal produce. Plus they beat Bobby Flay in a chile relleno throwdown, for whatever that’s worth. Stop by on Cinco de Mayo for some Chile en nogada — an homage to the colors of the Mexican flag.


8255 Sunland Blvd Sun Valley, CA 9135219321 Ventura Blvd Tarzana, CA 91356

Naming your restaurant “Rocio’s Mole of the Gods,” may seem like hubris, but not when it tastes like this. Chef Rocio Camacho was featured in LA Weekly’s People issue last year based on the attention her exquisite moles were garnering from foodies all over town — it’s widely regarded as Los Angeles’ best. Most places will be doing a tacos & margaritas special for Cinco de Mayo, but if you want a change of pace this is the place to come.


4441 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 664-0871

EL Chavo is a hidden gem on Sunset Blvd, and they will be celebrating for 3 days of “pato pandemonium” this year. Stop by for drink and taco specials, DJs, & more.


3014 W Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 427-0608

Sometimes, regardless of specials and holiday menus, you just want really good Mexican food. And Guelaguetza in Koreatown is just that – many of the top food critics have named it the best Oaxacan restaurant in the country. Dig into the best moles and tlayudas, chiles rellenos, chalupas, and wash it down with mezcaladas and margaritas. Arriba!


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