I am the person everyone hates. You know, that person who has already shoveled two-thirds of the guacamole “for the table” onto their plate before anyone else at the table has even noticed its arrival. It’s not my fault though: I can’t help myself. I am a guacamole addict, plain and simple, and my addiction knows no limits. For example, on National Margarita Day, I forced my boyfriend to go on a Mexican-restaurant tour of Philadelphia and, over the course of the day, we ordered three guacamole appetizers. And I ate Every. Last. Bite. I consumed at least nine avocados that day.
Happy Cinco de Mayo. The day where it seems every bar makes some tenuous connection with being Mexican. Even if they’re normally Japanese or Irish. But we’re focusing on the bars and restaurants that are Mexican all year round, not just on the 5th of May.
Too many people think that Cinco de Mayo is Mexican Independence Day but it is actually today, September 16th. And thankfully several Mexican bars and restaurants in Philadelphia are looking to educate the masses through margarita deals and food specials.
Compiling this guide to Cinco de Mayo events has really got us hankering for a margarita or
three four. Where we go, well we still have no idea, but it will be at least one all of these spots.
The cultural flair of Vietnam and Mexico collide at South Philadelphia’s Le Viet.
Le Viet, known for its traditional Vietnamese food, is offering a Cinco de Mayo special Friday, May 3rd, featuring $3 Coronas, $5 margaritas and two Vietnamese tacos for just $7. The event runs 5 to 7 p.m.
Le Viet [Official Site]
“The most fun restaurant in town” is throwing a party. That can only be a great time, right?
This’ll be year two for 13th Street staple El Vez’s Cinco de Mayo block party, and like last year, they’ll be closing off the whole block between Sansom and Walnut to make room for all the eating and drinking that’ll take place. There will be pop-up food and drink stands serving up Pibil Pork Tacos, Chicken Tinga Tacos, grilled corn on the cob, guacamole, and house-made tortilla Chips. Margaritas and select beers, too.
On top of that, a free concert from conveniently named “El Vez” is scheduled for the late afternoon. From what I hear, “El Vez”, aka Robert “The Mexican Elvis” Lopez, puts on quite the show, so dance the night away and slurp down at least five margaritas, because I don’t think any other Mexican place* in the city can throw a Cinco de Mayo party like the most fun restaurant in town.
*Pro Tip: Starr’s other Mexican joint, El Rey, will be offering a special Cinco de Mayo menu from May 3rd-May 5th. But with no Mexican Elvises, that’s not nearly so exciting.
Many erroneously believe Cinco de Mayo is Mexican Independence Day. It isn’t, that’s September 16th. Cinco de Mayo on the other hand commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. In the United States it has become synonymous with excessive drinking, margaritas and Corona deals.
Check out our guide to the best Cinco de Mayo specials in Philadelphia.
Cinco de Mayo Specials [f8b8z]
Yes, tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo, America’s trendiest reason to get drunk. Luckily there are some classier ways to do so.
Check out some of the best after the jump.