While it may not feel like it with the weather being so uncooperative as we round out April, one of our favorite days of the year, Cinco de Mayo is upon us! With festivities that include parades, mariachi music performances, street festivals, food, and of course margaritas, what’s not to love?
For Detroiters looking to celebrate this fun-filled holiday without breaking the bank, fear not—Detroit has a number of authentic Mexican cuisine spots right in our own backyard so you do not have to finance a trip to Mexico to celebrate.
Check out the list we put together below for some great Detroit places to visit and celebrate!
Chef Luis Garza (who spent years working for Andiamo’s) now brings gourmet steaks, along with unique Mexican crafted meals, to the area at El Asador Steakhouse. With traditional Mexican dishes and signature dishes, specialties include shrimp, lobster and scallop tacos, rib-eye steak, a great selection of sides and more.
1312 Springwells St.
Detroit, MI 48209
Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday & Monday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
El Barzon Restaurante, open since 2007, is known for its top-notch Mexican food and homemade pasta and offers guests the unique opportunity to fulfill their Mexican and Italian food cravings all in one place. The restaurant is the perfect blend of Mexican and Italian gourmet food. Chef/owner Norberto Garita practiced fine Italian cooking in New York before coming to the Detroit area.
3710 Junction St.
Detroit, MI 48210
Tuesday-Thursday - 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday – 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday – 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday – 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Considered a local tradition, The Mexicantown Restaurant in Detroit offers truly authentic Mexican food at great prices. With a dinner menu that has everything from Flaming Fajitas, Milanesa and Carne de Puerco to Chilaquiles, authentic tamales and exceptional Margaritas, Mexican Town Restaurant has you covered when your Mexican cravings hit!
3457 Bagley Street
Detroit, MI 48216
Monday-Sunday 11 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Staking its claim as Detroit's oldest Mexican restaurant, Mexican Village is located in Mexicantown and serves up specialties including Caldo Can-can, burritos, steaks and homemade desserts. With a banquet room and an extensive list of delicious authentic Mexican cuisine and drinks, Mexican Village is a great place to get your Cinco de Mayo on—on any day of the year!
2600 Bagley St.
Detroit, MI 48216
Monday - Thursday and Sunday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. - 12 a.m.
With a main goal to provide a variety of delicious and authentic Mexican dishes at an affordable price, Señor López has something to suit those with the mildest taste buds to those who crave something more caliente. Operated based upon Mexican traditions, this restaurant states their food is nothing like you’ve experienced anywhere else.
7146 Michigan Avenue
Detroit, MI 48210
Monday-Sunday 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Basically, head over to Mexicantown and just taco hop! everywhere you end up, you will be happy with tacos and beers! And, if you’re craving a little dessert after your meal, visit Mexicantown Bakery. Located at 4300 W. Vernor Hwy in Detroit, this local sweet shop is the best of the best to indulge in some churros, conchas, and other Mexican treats.
Staying in to celebrate the holiday?
Here’s some quick and fun food, drink and décor ideas to spice up your Cinco de Mayo party:
- For a casual party, make everything mini! Mini tacos, mini empanadas, mini taco salad bowls, etc. These will offer guests the perfect finger foods while they’re mingling.
- Create a taco/burrito bar with various toppings so that guests can customize their own taco, burritos or nachos.
- Dipping/topping sauces are a must. Make sure you have a variety of salsas, queso dips and guacamole for guests to dip chips in or top off their tacos.
- Offer a tequila bar complete with a variety of tequilas, tropical fruit mixers and garnishes (salt, sugar, cherries) so that guests can create their own Mexican inspired tequila drinks.
- No Cinco de Mayo party is complete without Margaritas. Create a drink station with various flavors of margaritas. Each guest is sure to enjoy trying all the different flavors.
- Make Paloma. One of the more traditional mixed drinks enjoyed in Mexico, Paloma is a combination of 2 oz. blanco or reposado tequila, 6 oz. fresh grapefruit soda and ½ oz. lime juice. Multiply the quantities to make a beverage jug full.
- COLOR! COLOR! COLOR! Be sure that everything you use to decorate is full of colors!
- Replace that wreath on your front door with a sombrero for the day.
- Pot small cactus plants in empty Mexican food tin cans. (Red Gold, Rotel and Old El Paso are three brands that are easily found in your local grocery store) and create flower arrangements using empty Corona, Margarita and Tequila bottles for the vases.
Make sure to stop into honey bee market to pick up your supplies for cinco - the salsa, guac, and homemade chips are amazing. they also pair well with your eggs the next morning to nurse all those tequilas! Happy Cinco de Mayo Partying Detroit!!