Despite being a fairly minor battle between Mexican and French troops at Puebla in 1862, Cinco de Mayo has become an occasion for people to celebrate. Maybe you want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with some good food and drink. If that’s the case, here are the best restaurants in Orange County to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
Azteca Mexican Restaurant
12911 Historic Main St.
Garden Grove, CA 92840
You don’t think of a Mexican restaurant as a place where you would find Elvis-themed decor, but that is exactly what you’ll find at Azteca. Not only does this place have a dining room; it also has a crooner’s lounge. While you’re surrounded by Elvis memorabilia, you can enjoy Mexican favorites like chile rellenos or enchiladas. Azteca has an impressive selection of steaks that you can enjoy for the occasion as well. Even more impressive are the margaritas. You can order a 52-ounce pitcher of four different kinds margaritas for your festivities.
111 N. Harbor Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92832
Matador is the place to go if you’re looking for a Cinco de Mayo meal that is a little different than what you find at other places. Yes, you can find tacos, enchiladas and your other favorite dishes, but you can also find dishes like chorizo ravioli. You’ll also find a good selection of beverages to go with your meal from wine and beer to margaritas and a jalapeno martini.
296 E. 17th St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Mi Casa has everything you could want for your Cinco de Mayo celebration. It boasts an impressive selection of tequilas and an impressive list of margaritas including one with habanero and one with jalapeno. You’ll also find a menu that includes a good selection of seafood options plus all of the great Mexican comfort foods like albondigas and chile verde. One thing is for sure, with the portions at Mi Casa, you won’t walk away hungry.
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251 E. Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Cinco de Mayo is an occasion to drink and that is all some folks need. If you’re looking for a more sophisticated setting for your Cinco de Mayo celebration, SOL Cocina is your destination. You’ll find enough tequila on hand to satisfy even the most selective connoisseur as well as a good selection of signature margaritas. You’ll also find a vast array of specialty tacos – including the Taco Viper with ghost chili – and some other less-traditional fare such as roast duck and chile-grilled lamb chops.
13792 Jamboree Road
Irvine, CA 92602
Taco Rosa is another great place for Cinco de Mayo, and one glance at the menu tells you that this is not your standard Mexican fare. From appetizers like octopus ceviche to salmon served with black beans, Taco Rosa offers plenty of different menu items. The restaurant also has a good selection of tequilas that you won’t find in a lot of other restaurants. The folks here use those tequilas to create nine different margaritas from the classic to a tamarind margarita. You’ll also be treated to the sounds of mariachi music if you go here.
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