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Dining Guide | Get Ready for a fiesta with our 2017 Cinco De Mayo Dining Guide

Posted on: April 23rd, 2017 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

In my house, no one needs to talk me into a tasty taco or chilled margarita, and living in Arizona makes it easy to get both whenever the mood strikes you. If you want a side of celebration with your tacos and tequila, Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner. Luckily for you we’ve got your 2017 Cinco De Mayo Dining Guide!

Get Ready for a fiesta with our 2017 Cinco De Mayo Dining GuideBut first, need a quick refresher on what Cinco de Mayo is all about?

Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican celebration, rich in history and pride. This holiday honors the Mexican Army’s spectacular victory over the French that took place on May 5, 1862. The Mexican Army was vastly outnumbered by the French, who had not lost a battle in over fifty years!

In hopes of holding back the French’s progression toward Mexico City, General Ignacio Zaragoza and his soldiers stormed the French Army in the humble settlement of Puebla. This strike resulted in the extraordinary victory for the Mexican Army. On September 16, 1862, President Juarez announced that the day of the Battle of Puebla would be made an annual holiday. Hence, Cinco de Mayo evolved into a popular holiday in Mexico and in areas where there is a substantial Mexican populace.

Ready to celebrate Mexico’s victory? Check out our 2017 Cinco De Mayo Dining Guide

Aunt Chilada’s
Cinco de Mayo at Aunt ChiladasWith over 50 distinct renowned tequilas, Aunt Chilada’s in Tempe is the ideal spot to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! Featuring Roger Clyne’s Mexican Moonshine Tequila. DJ Torres from 5pm until 8pm on Sunday,May 7th, in the bar. Enjoy favorites in the dining room such as street tacos, pollo fundido and chimichangas.
Tempe | 2019 W. Baseline Road | 85283 | 602.431.6470

BLK Live
Cinco de Mayo at BLK Live“Rock out” this Cinco de Mayo while enjoying ground beef, shrimp, pork, fish or chicken tacos served with a side of spicy mayo street corn for $10 per plate. Pair your tacos with a $5 margarita “Cinco De Drinko” special while jamming out to a live performance by The Corley Group from 7pm until 2am with a CD release party for “Max V.” Happy hour specials will be offered from 3 to 7pm and reverse happy hour from 10pm til 2am. Pre-sale tickets $20, tickets at the door will be $25.
Scottsdale | 7301 E. Butherus Drive | 85260 | 480.494.5069

Casino Arizona’s Fiesta Weekend
Cinco de Mayo at Casino ArizonaCasino Arizona will be hosting the ultimate Cinco de Mayocelebration, Fiesta Weekend, May 5 through May 7, 2017. The property will host an array of live events and specials with performances by PowerDrive, Arizona’s hottest dance band playing Latin favorites, Top 40 hits and Vive! Selena: A Tribute to Selena Quintanilla, a musical tribute to the life and sounds of the “Queen of Cumbia.”
In addition to exciting musical performances, Casino Arizona will host a viewing party for the much-anticipated Canelo Alvarez-Julio Cesar Chavez Junior fight. The match up has unofficially been dubbed “The Battle of Mexico” and will be shown on the oversized screens in the casino’s Showroom. Beyond the entertainment, Casino Arizona will offer food and drink specials throughout the weekend and bead necklace giveaways on Friday and Saturday from 4pm until  6pm.
Scottsdale | 524 N. 92nd St. | 85256 | 480.850.7777

El Hefe
Cinco de Mayo at El HefeJust in time for Cinco de Mayo, El Hefe in Tempe is hosting the ultimate Taco Eating Contest on Tuesday, May 2 at 7pm. The first person to eat 10 tacos will win two free tacos every Tuesday for an entire year at El Hefe. It’s only $10 to enter but the competition is limited to the first 20 people to sign up. Anyone can sign up by visiting El Hefe Tempe starting tomorrow. Also, for Cinco de Mayo, El Hefe Tempe and Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row Tempe will host the Cinco De Mayo Block Party on Mill Ave. The massive block party on Friday, happening on May 5th, will have local DJ’s spinning top 40, house and hip hop and both locations will be decked out in décor with surprises and drink specials for its guests all night.
Tempe | 640 S. Mill Ave. | 85281 | 480.257.2797

Joyride Taco House

2017 Cinco de Mayo at Joyride TacoIt doesn’t get much better than Cinco de Mayo on a Friday. Now throw in $2 tacos and $5 drinks at Joyride Taco House and it’s really a celebration! Who needs a piñata when you can knock back aguas frescas, wines by the glass, and pitchers of beer for $5 each from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.  Plus, enjoy 7 different flavors of margaritas for $5 each and 7 varieties of tacos for only $2 from 2pm until 6pm. On May 5th, Joyride Taco House is open from 11am until midnight so the party can keep rolling all day at both the Phoenix and Gilbert locations.
Phoenix | 5202 N. Central Ave. | 85012 | 602.274.8226
Gilbert | 302 N. Gilbert Road | 85234 | 480.632.8226

Kelly’s at Southbridge
Cinco de Mayo at Kelly's at Southbridge
Kelly’s at Southbridge will be in the Cinco de Mayo spirit all weekend long with its signature Kelly’s Pomarita. This pomegranate margarita is made with Roca Patrón Plata Tequila, La Pinta Pomegranate, simple syrup, soda and limes. Combine the cocktail with their Short Rib Tacos or Rock Shrimp Ceviche for the perfect Mexican meal. Kelly’s is located in Old Town Scottsdale. Kelly’s will also be featuring $3 Coronas, $3 Dos Equis, $7 casamigos and $8 casamigos margaritas.
Scottsdale | 7117 E. 6th Ave.| 85251 | 480.393.3205

Macayo’s Mexican Kitchen
Cinco de Mayo at MacayosFrom May 1st through May 5th, Macoyo’s will be offering $4 Patron shots, $4 Dos XX, $5 Margaritas de Macayo and $8 Patron margaritas. All perfect options to wash down some tacos, chimis and tamales.
Scottsdale | 11107 N. Scottsdale Road | 85254 | 480.596.1181
Mesa | 1920 S. Dobson Road | 85202 | 480.820.0237
Phoenix | 12637 S. 48th St. | 85044 | 480.598.5101
Phoenix | 7829 W. Thomas Road | 85033 | 623.873.0313
Tempe | 300 S. Ash Ave. | 85281 | 480.966.6677
Phoenix | 401 E. Jefferson St. | 85004
Surprise | 15565 W. Bell Road | 85374 | 623.214.5950
Goodyear | 1474 N. Litchfield Road | 85338 | 623.209.7000
Glendale | 6012 W. Bell Road | 85308 | 602.298.8080

Modern Margarita

Modern Margarita Tacos

Photo Credit: Hannah Leeke

Join Modern Margarita on May 5th for their Cinco De Modern Block Party and enjoy live entertainment, food and drinks specials, raffle prizes every hour, and fun backyard games like corn hole. This special event is for guests 21and older. General admission is only $10, which includes admission and one raffle ticket. Tables can be reserved for $200. The event will begin at 3pm and run until closing time.
North Phoenix | 5410 E. High St. | 85054 | 602.795.8111

Social Tap Eatery

Social Tap

Photo Credit | King Lawrence

Social Tap will be hosting their one year anniversary party in conjunction with a Cinco De Mayo Celebration. Specials offered will include $2.50 mix and match taco deals, $2 taquitos, $6 frozen margaritas and $4 pints of Dos Equis. You’ll also be able to enjoy live entertainment with your free admission on May 5th from 4pm until 2am.
Scottsdale | 4312 N. Brown Ave. | 85251 | 602.432.6719

Cinco de Mayo at SomeburroNo one does Cinco de Mayo like Someburros, and the acclaimed Mexican institution is upping the ante yet again this year with five days of specials up for grabs May 1st through May 5th.
Whether guests are looking to sample ice-cold margaritas, ample tacos or something sweet from south of the border, all six Someburros locations statewide are offering up a different deal each day throughout the campaign. Sample Pollo Fundido, one of the eatery’s signature dishes, for only $6 Monday, May 1, or take a low-cost approach to Taco Tuesday the following day and enjoy Someburros’ taco offerings for only $2 apiece. From $1 margaritas to free churros with the purchase of any combo or specialty, Someburros has some significant savings in store for Cinco de Mayo diners. Daily deals are as follows:

  • Monday, May 1 – $6 Pollo Fundidos
  • Tuesday, May 2 – $2 Taco Tuesday (excluding carne asada tacos and fish tacos)
  • Wednesday, May 3 – $1 Margaritas with Combo or Speciality Purchase
  • Thursday, May 4 – #TBT $2.50 Bean & Cheese Burros
  • Friday, May 5 – Free Churro with Combo or Speciality Purchase

Tempe | 101 E. Baseline Road | 85283 | 480.839.8226
Chandler | 3461 W. Frye Road | 85226 | 480.726.8226
Scottsdale | 7501 E. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. | 85260 | 480.443.8226
Gilbert | 1335 E. Baseline Road | 85233 | 480.755.8226
Gilbert | 2597 S. Market St. | 85297 | 480.497.8226

Sprinkles Cupcakes
Sprinkles casamigos cupcakeOn the rocks or frozen—however you prefer it—everyone craves a tasty margarita as the temperatures heat up. Sprinkles is excited to announce the return of the Casamigos Margarita Cupcake—just in time for Cinco de Mayo. Available from for the entire month, this key lime cake is loaded with Casamigos Blanco Tequila and topped with key lime frosting. George Clooney and Rande Gerber’s award-winning Casamigos Tequila is a small batch ultra-premium tequila made from the finest, hand selected 100 percent blue weber agaves! Sprinkles is located in Old Town Scottsdale.
Scottsdale | 45041 N. Scottsdale Road | 85251 | 480.970.4321

Taco Guild

CInco de Mayo at Taco Guild

Photo Credit | Taco Guild Facebook

One visit to Taco Guild will have you saying Ay Dios Mio! The historic church turned restaurant will be offering a state-side special on Cinco de Mayo with the Americana cocktail, which is any draft beer with a shot of Roger Clyne’s Mexican Moonshine Reposado for $12 along with their regular happy hour menu. Located at 546 E Osborn Rd in Phoenix, this gastropub focuses on plate harmony, using local ingredients in combination with sustainable and repurposed methods.
546 E. Osborn Road | Phoenix | 85012 | 602.264.4143

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill
Cinco de Mayo at Thirsty LionStop by Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill for happy hour on Cinco de Mayo to enjoy the Blood Orange Margarita. The sweet and sour margarita is made with El Jimador Tequila, blood orange puree, agave nectar, muddled oranges and limes and sweet and sour.  It’s also the perfect complement to the crunchy Baja Fish Tacos. Thirsty Lion has three Valley locations.
Scottsdale | 7014 E. Camelback Road | 85251 | 480.284.7292
Gilbert | 2212 E. Williams Field Road | 85297 | 480.899.0119
Tempe | 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. | 85281 | 480.968.2920

2016 Father's Day_ZTejas Southwestern GrillZ’Tejas Southwestern Grill will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a happy hour menu full of new cocktails. The Exotico made with Exotico blanco tequila, Patron Citronge and olive juice will have you dancing the Macarena in no time! The grill has five Valley locations in Tempe, Phoenix, Chandler and Scottsdale.
Chandler | 7221 W. Ray Road | 85226 | 480.893.7550
Tempe | 20 W. 6th St. | 85281 | 480.377.1170
North Phoenix | 10625 N. Tatum Blvd. | 85028 | 480.948.9010
Central Phoenix | 1525 E. Bethany Home Road | 85014 | 602.680.2806
Scottsdale | 7014 E. Camelback Road | 85251 | 480.946.4171

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© Taryn Jeffries 2017

About the Author - Taryn Jeffries

Editor and Chief Eating Officer of PhoenixBites, 2017 Food Writer of the Year (Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame) Taryn grew up in a small town in Illinois with a doting Grandmother who taught her the way around a kitchen and that food is representative of love. Her current quest is to find the love in local dishes and the chefs behind them. In addition to running all things PhoenixBites, Taryn is also a freelance writer, sharing her insight on the best dishes and where to get them each and every month.

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