Cinco de Mayo, Spanish for "the Fifth of May," celebrates Mexico's defeat of the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. If you'll be in the Dallas-Fort Worth area on May 5, celebrate at one of these bars or restaurants offering Cinco de Mayo specials on food and beverages along with other activities such as live music and dancing.
Updated for 2018.
Cinco de Mayo is always a fun day full of surprises at Desperados, a local DFW favorite established in 1976. Order the Mexican Flag Enchiladas (chicken enchiladas topped with tomatillo, sour cream, and chipotle sauce) and $6 Cinco-Ritas with sangria and Midori. You can also win prizes such as T-shirts, salsa, gift certificates, and more.
- 4818 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75206
- 3443 W. Campbell Road, Garland, TX 75044
The fiesta at Blue Goose Cantina features a $5 Cinco de Mayo special with two beef tacos, rice, and beans. Kids can eat for only $3. Drink specials include $5 Bloody Marys, mimosas, migas, and margarita flavors such as jalapeño, mango, strawberry, and sangria.
Locations: Addison, Frisco, Plano, Greenville, Highland Village, McKinney, Grapevine
Shake your maracas at El Ranchito this Cinco de Mayo where guests can enjoy drink and food specials, dancing, and live mariachis. El Ranchito specializes in Comida Norteño (northern Mexico) and Tex-Mex dishes such as cabrito, mollejas, and asado de puerco.
- 610 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas, TX 75208
- 3517 S. Cooper St., Arlington, TX 76015
Come to La Calle Doce this Cinco de Mayo and enjoy $5 bandera shots. Since 1981, La Calle Doce has been serving delicious and authentic Mexican seafood from a small renovated house in Oak Cliff. In 1999, its Lakewood location opened.
- Oak Cliff: 415 W. 12th St., Dallas, TX 75208
- Lakewood: 1925 Skillman, Dallas, TX 75206
Los Molcajetes' location in Fort Worth will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with live entertainment featuring three bands plus a DJ spinning until closing time. Music begins at 3 p.m. Since 1999, Los Molcajetes has served traditional Mexican food. Other locations are in Roanoke and Mansfield.
Party with your amigos at any of the four Mattito's locations. Enjoy a live DJ, mechanical bull rides, games, prizes, and drink and food specials. The Oak Lawn location will once again host the annual Bob Armstrong Queso Eating Contest. Festivities start at 2 p.m.
- 3102 Oak Lawn, Dallas, TX 75219
- 7778 Forest Lane, Dallas, TX 75230
- 1001 MacArthur Park Drive, Irving, TX 75063
- 1640 S. Stemmons Freeway, Lewisville, TX 75067
On the Border is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with $5 Cinco 'Ritas. Also, check out its authentic Mexican food favorites such as the mesquite-grilled fajitas.
Urban Taco is the place to be this Cinco de Mayo. The restaurant will celebrate Mexican heritage from 2 to 10 p.m. with $5 Casa Noble margaritas and $3 Modelo Especial. Also adding to the fun will be mariachis and two DJs.
In the mood for some great tacos on Cinco de Mayo? The Dallas–Fort Worth area is home to hundreds of taco options. These local places serve up some of the best.