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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the Triangle

Posted May 2
Updated May 5

— Cinco de Mayo is measured in number of margaritas drank and how much queso is consumed...not in caloric intake. With this in mind, I am going to share with you some of my personal TOP spots to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year! These local gems are also a great place to satisfy your Mexican craving any day of the year.

In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of an unlikely battle that was won over the French. It’s interesting to note that although the day is celebrated, it is not a federal holiday in Mexico.

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican culture!

Here are my favorite places to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the Triangle:

We start off with the amazing combination of Centro and Gallo Pelón! Both spots are located at 106 S Wilmington St. in downtown Raleigh, Although they share an owner, each location is very different.

Gallo Pelón Mezcaleria

Gallo Pelón Mezcaleria

WHAT IS MEZCAL AND WHY DO WE NEED IT IN OUR LIVES?!?!?!?!

Cinco de Mayo Specials

Gallo Pelón

  • $5 Boilermakers (Jimador Reposado & Modelo sidecar)
  • $5 Infused Mezcales (strawberry, chili)
  • $5 *Award-winning 'Perro Caliente' (Colombian-style Hot Dog)
  • Special margarita menu

Centro

  • $5 Authentic Taco Menu
  • $5 Espolón Shots

It’s interesting to note that $1 of every Margarita sale at Centro and Gallo Pelón on Cinco de Mayo goes to support NC Equality! Celebrating for a good cause!

Gallo Pelon

What is Cinco de Mayo without tacos and tequila?

Gonza has Cinco de Mayo covered

Gonza Tacos y Tequila knows best when it comes to serving the Triangle all things taco and tequila related! With multiple locations this is a SURE BET for Cinco de Mayo no matter where you are in the area! The full menu will be available for lunch, but the evening menu will be all about tacos!

Dos Perros in Durham will be celebrating the battle of Puebla for Cinco de Mayo, with specials from Puebla Mexico!

Cinco de Mayo Specials

  • Chicken mole with traditional poblano mole
  • Chiles en nogada (a traditional celebration dish- poblano chile stuffed with beef picadillo with apples and peaches, topped with cream pecan cream sauce and pomegranate seeds)
  • Ceviche tostada of bay scallops and citrus.
  • The specialty margarita for the evening will be a sweet potato margarita.

*All margaritas are made with 100 percent agave tequila and fresh squeezed juice.

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Jose and Sons is going ALL OUT with music and a photo booth!

Cinco de Mayo Specials

  • MUSIC: The Guillo Carias Quartet playing Salsa/Jazz/Tropical followed by a DJ till midnight.
  • PHOTOS: Fun Cinco Props in our custom photo booth! Photos will be shared on our photo booth site holayall.com
  • DRINKS: $5 Infused Tequila Features and $3 Tecate Tallboys
  • FOOD: Special Cinco Menu with featured group appetizers including our Crank Arm Barbacoa Nachos & New Ceviches

Joes and Sons


When Sierra Clarke isn't hitting the movies or dining around downtown Raleigh, she is the creative services coordinator for Fox 50.

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