Philadelphia Cinco de Mayo's almost here, and you know what that means! Um... something having to do with Mexico, presumably, and more importantly, margaritas! And $2 tacos, South-of-the-border-inspired brunch, live mariachi, and more, thanks to our Weekend Playbook:

Thursday, May 1st: Distrito starts the weekend off with a five-day, $25 fixed three-course menu during the "Cinco Days of Cinco de Mayo".
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Saturday, May 3rd: Xochitl's got $6 margaritas, $3 coronas, and $2 tacos from noon until Monday as part of their Cinco weekend celebration.


Sunday, May 4th: Verdad has awesome specials all weekend, but opens early on Sunday for a three-course, $29 per-person brunch menu, complete with $4 margaritas, crab benedict, and a mariachi band.

Monday, May 5th: Get discounted prices on some of the city’s best margaritas all day long (well, starting at 11:30am) at Las Bugambilias.

Mad Mex

Monday, May 5th: Squeeze into University City’s Mad Mex as early as 9am for breakfast & $5, 22oz drafts, $1 off all Mexican bottles, live music, and their usual list of epic margaritas.

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1. Distrito 3945 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (West Phillyu City)

Jose Garces may not have won the Iron Chef America Tournament of Champions (we'll assume you watched), but who needs a meaningless trophy with a restaurant this good? Garces is, offering up a whole bunch of tasty, authentic Mexican food & drinks, from carnitas tacos and carne asada tortas to his signature Don Julio tequila margarita. The UCity spot is sure to please, with walls covered in bright pink & green paint and Mexican wrestling masks, and more.

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2. Xochitl 408 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (South Street)

A casual Mextaurant, Xochitl's rockin' a menu of dishes affordable eats, including queso fundido w/ Chihuahua cheese, mushrooms, pickled red onions & shishito peppers, and beer-braised pork cheek tacos w/ walnut mole.

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3. Verdad 818 W Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 (Main Line)

Serial restaurateur Howard Taylor's teamed up with CIA alum Nick Farina to open a Euro-Latin tapas restaurant & tequila bar, occupying a seductively dimmed 85-seater with soft drapery and wrought iron dividers separating front and rear dining rooms from the central bar area and its smattering of banquettes covered in leopard print. Stop in for their weekly brunch offerings as well.

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4. Las Bugambillias 148 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (South Street)

They pride themselves on their mole, so it's a must-try, but don't hold back from hogging as much of your table's salsa and guac as possible at this Mexican eatery. Buying a pitcher of their famous margs for your tablemates will probably make up for it.

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5. Mad Mex 3401 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (West Phillyu City)

Relive college days at this haunt with a Big Azz margarita -- brain freeze impending -- a red velvet quesadilla (that's sadly, doesn't come with frosting), and wings.



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