Originally meant to celebrate the victory of the Battle of Puebla in 1862, Cinco de Mayo has been a holiday to celebrate Mexican heritage as far back as the civil war. It is a great time to enjoy Mexican music, dance and cuisine. If you are planning to go out for Cinco de Mayo this year, try one of these great restaurants in Pittsburgh for some authentic Mexican, Tex-Mex or Mexi-Cali food.
Patron Mexican Grill
1141 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Located in Fox Chapel, Patron Mexican Grill offers an extensive menu of authentic Mexican food. Go for happy hour and enjoy some tasty drink specials such as classic margaritas made with your choice of premium tequilla and discounted appetizers like nachos or queso fundido. In the mood for dinner? Try any one of the house specialties such as carne asada tacos, fajitas or taquitos.
2 Robinson Plaza Park Manor Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Whether you are celebrating Cinco de Mayo during the week or the weekend before, Mad Mex Robinson offers a fun atmosphere for enjoying some great food and drinks with friends. Start of with a tasty margarita (classic or frozen), a flight of premium tequila shots or a Dos Equis draft. Then add a round of tasty guacamole and bean and cheese dip with tortilla chips. You can also enjoy spicy wings, a variety of tasty burritos, tacos or quesadillas. For a twist on traditional, try the tofu tacos with crispy tofu, avocados and a tasty sauce. Great food in a friendly bar atmosphere will make for the perfect celebration.
Round Corner Cantina
3720 Butler St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Located in the old Round Corner Hotel in Lawrenceville, the Round Corner Cantina offers a fun atmosphere for your Cinco de Mayo celebration. If the weather is right, you can enjoy a spring evening at the outdoor bar and dining area. Sip a La Cantina margarita while chatting with friends. Enjoy some potato rolled tacos, baja-style tofu or house-made chorizo to keep the celebration going.
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3001 W. Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Mexi-Casa, located in Dormont may call itself Pittsburgh’s “least authentic Mexican restaurant,” but that doesn’t mean it isn’t up for some Cinco de Mayo fun. Enjoy some great Tex Mex barbecue in a fun atmosphere at the Mexi-Casa cantina. Have a refreshing sangria or a casa margarita while watching a game on the flat-screen TVs. For dinner, have some huevos on chorizo which is scrambled eggs, chorizo, refried beans, lettuce, sour cream and tortillas. If you want to celebrate, but aren’t a fan of Mexican food, Mexi-Casa offers some tasty barbecue rib dishes with Jack Daniels barbecue sauce. Don’t forget dessert. Enjoy cinnamon sugar pretzels, drunk raisin rice pudding or grilled caramel apple cheesecake.
2109 S. Murray Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
If you are looking to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Squirrel Hill, Cuzamil is the place to go. Using fresh ingredients, the chefs at Cuzamil will whip you up a Cinco de Mayo feast. Start off your evening with one of Cuzamil’s 11 Mexican beer selections. For dinner, enjoy freshly prepared tacos, enchiladas or tamales with your choice of meats. Cuzamil also offers a great vegetarian menu for those looking for meat-free options. Creamy flan or crispy sopapillas make the prefect end to your Cinco de Mayo dinner.
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Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.