Raleigh, N.C. — Cinco de Mayo – or the fifth of May – marks the Mexican army's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. In the United States, it has become a day to celebrate Mexican heritage and culture.
Many restaurants are celebrating Cinco de Mayo this weekend with music and food and drink specials.
Here are a few of our picks for celebrating Cinco de Mayo in the Triangle:
Jose and Sons, located in the Warehouse District in downtown Raleigh, is normally closed on Mondays, but they will be opening up this Monday starting at 5 p.m. There will be live Latin music from The Guillo Carias Band from 6-9 p.m. There will be a full dinner menu with featured shared appetizer specials. Drink specials include $5 select tequilas and $3 Tecate Tallboys. They won't be taking reservations, but people with large groups should call ahead.
Gonza Tacos Y Tequila, with locations in Raleigh and Wake Forest, is also opening special on Monday. At 4 p.m. at their Raleigh and Wake Forest locations expect live music, giveaways and more. They are taking reservations.
Chuy's in North Hills will be serving up specials and giveaways on Monday for Cinco de Mayo. Make sure to check out their salsa (made fresh each hour) and their Big As Yo Face Burritos.
Calavera Empanadas and Tequila, located on Blount Street in downtown Raleigh, is giving away a beach cruiser bike during their celebration on Monday. DJ Keith Ward will bring the music from 8 p.m. until closing time.
La Rancherita will be offering different drink specials at each of its locations. At the Hillsborough Street location, they will have jumbo classic margaritas for $5, house tequila shots and Coronas will be $3. The Six Forks and Morrisville locations will have classic margaritas and large draft beers for $5 and a $2 discount on premium margaritas. The Apex location will offer classic margaritas and large draft beers for $5. The Crabtree location on Glenwood Avenue is open despite construction. It will be offering all draft beers for $2.25.
Dos Taquitos Xoco, on Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh, will celebrate with a block party starting Sunday at 11 a.m. Check out their outside taco bar, fiesta menu and live music.
Salt & Lime Cabo Grill in north Raleigh will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo on Monday with specials on margaritas and beer. There will also be dinner specials and children will eat for free! Their new patio is also open so let's hope for a beautiful day!
Cueva de Lobos will celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Monday with specials, giveaways and live music.
On the Border, with locations in Cary and Raleigh, will be offering drink specials including $3 drafts/bottles of Mexican beer and $5 specialty drinks, including two drinks specifically created for Cinco de Mayo. The Angry Meltdown features Angry Orchard Hard Cider, sweet and sour and a shot of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky and is on the rocks. The fruit CoronaRita is a frozen margarita infused with an ice cold Corona. It is available in mango, strawberry and wildberry.
Moe's Southwest Grill locations will be offering a free side of their new spicy guacamole on Cinco de Mayo. Get there early because the restaurants will be giving away free collectible T-shirts to the first 50 people at each of their locations.
Still looking for something to do? Just head to your favorite Mexican restaurant. Pretty much every place has live music and drink specials going on this weekend!