Because drinking watered-down margaritas is practically a slap in the face to the brave Mexican soldiers who valiantly fought for your right to co-opt a day they don't even really celebrate, don't do that, and instead just hit our favorite places to ring in Cinco de Mayo:
1. Lone Star Taco Bar479 Cambridge St, Allston
2. Poe's Kitchen at the Rattlesnake384 Boylston St, Boston
3. La Casa De Pedro343 Arsenal St, Watertown
4. Olé11 Springfield St, Cambridge
5. Temazcal Tequila Cantina250 Northern Ave, Boston
6. Sunset Grill & Tap130 Brighton Ave, Allston
7. El Pelon Taqueria2197 Commonwealth Ave, Brighton
8. Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar271 Dartmouth St, Boston
Lone Star is the result of a collaboration between two dudes from Texas and Southern California, so you can feel pretty confident that they know their way around Mexican food. With a menu influenced by taquerias and markets in Austin, Dallas, and Mazatlan, Lone Star serves up a huge range of tacos, from carnitas and barbacoa to refried beans and huevos rancheros. They also do a killer breakfast menu (breakfast tacos! huevos rancheros!) and have an absolute ton of tequilas ready to pour.
For a while, Rattlesnake got by on being the only spot on Boylston with a rooftop deck, but eventually doing the bare minimum wasn't enough. To remedy the situation, the RS folks brought in chef Brian Poe to ensure that customers nevermore (see what we did there?) walked away complaining of the rooftops's lack of carne asada tacos. That, plus quesadillas, nachos, BLTs, a whole range of tequilas, cocktails, beers & wines, is exactly what they're now offering up. On a roof. On Boylston. It's the perfect combination at last.
Tapas at this Venezuelan joint include the yucas fritas, which come dressed with cilantro and garlic oil, while entrees run the gamut from meat, to meat, to more meat. With some fish in there, too, for good measure.
Although not much about Cambridge screams Mexican food, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the authentic eats coming out of this Inman Square joint's kitchen. They're serving up modern takes on traditional dishes, offering baja style fish tacos, tamales stuffed with mushrooms and cheese, and a chorizo-stuffed pork chop, among others. Without a doubt, the highlight is their tableside-made guac, which they've been doing since way before that became a super popular trend. So give them credit for that before giving them your credit card, too.
Venture on down to Liberty Wharf for a taste of Mexico with a side of ridiculous waterfront views. The kitchen’s got a James Beard-award-winning chef, who spent some time South of the border and brought back a pages-long roster of inspired dishes to the Seaport.
Although this Allston spot is known primarily for its HUGE beer selection (nearly 400) -- which makes sense, because this joint is right near BU and is in the frat/party central area of the campus -- it's also got a massive food menu to boast about. It features everything you could possibly think of, including nachos, BBQ ribs, fish tacos, 1/2 lb. burgers, fajitas, and a bunch more. If you aren't coming here hungry, there must be something wrong.
Having already dealt with two fires (NOTE: do NOT piss off Wheeler from Captain Planet), the stubbornly resilient folks behind El Pelon are once again slinging Mexican deliciousness in new BC-area digs including choice faves like fried plantains with fire-roasted salsa, braised pork tortas w/ spicy mayo and lime onions, and grilled steak Caramelos tacos topped w/ salsa fresca and melted jack.
Lolita is Back Bay’s vampy, dimly lit tequila temple with over 50 different types along with Mexican-inspired cuisine. Pair tequila flights, one of the many margaritas (think a Spicy Cucumber made with blanco tequila, serrano chilies, and muddled cucumber), a plain old cerveza, or, if you’re feeling fancy, a $100 tequila with one of many authentic Mexican dishes like, thick yucca fries, crispy beef and pork empanadas, and flavorful Carne Asada with skirt steak, roasted red peppers, and charred jalapeños. On the less traditional side, the menu features Pork Meatballs al Pastor with pineapple chile sauce and sweet, crunchy Chopped Jicama Salad with manchego cheese and chile-lime ranch dressing. The kitchen stays open late Thursday through Saturday, and Monday is all you can eat tacos.