Top 10 Cinco De Mayo Plans in DC

by AJ Dronkers

Super fun recipes from past issues mean that you can have a zesty fiesta at home! We love making all of them, but in case you don't feel like ordering sombrero straws on Amazon and waking up Saturday morning full of tequila and regret only to clean up your fiesta mess -- we've got you. We also have our top ten places to celebrate Cinco De Mayo in DC, by neighborhood. So let's start with recipes.

We recommend making these delicious tacos for friends...

Chicken Tacos (Photo by Bailiey Weaver) 

Chicken Tacos (Photo by Bailiey Weaver) 

Sipping on these El Camino cucumber margaritas at home...

El Camino Cucumber Margarita (Photo by Kurt Powers) 

El Camino Cucumber Margarita (Photo by Kurt Powers) 

Or wowing family with sorrel + jalepeno salsa and moroccan carrots with chèvre and mint

Roasted carrots with chèvre and mint (Photo by Hannah Hudson Photography)

Roasted carrots with chèvre and mint (Photo by Hannah Hudson Photography)

Our by Neighborhood List of Cinco de Mayo favorites:

Georgetown - One of our favorite local taco companies that just also happens to be vegan and committed to sustainability is celebrating their annual Chaia de Mayo with sangria drink specials and paletas. 

Glover Park - Rooftops + half price margarita pitchers, and $20 mix-and-match beer buckets at Surfside.

Dupont Circle - It will likely be chaotic, but isn't that half the fun? Why not try the iconic swirl margaritas on one of the three levels of Lauriol Plaza in Dupont Circle? It is hard to pass up.

Mt. Pleasant - If you are looking for a more casual, dare we say "dive" experience, swing by one of our favorite places, Haydee's Restaurant (their website is giving us life) where they proudly display Christmas lights year round.

Pro tip order the fajitas at Haydee's Restaurant -- they also have a location in Takoma Park (Photo by AJ Dronkers)

Pro tip order the fajitas at Haydee's Restaurant -- they also have a location in Takoma Park (Photo by AJ Dronkers)

Downtown DC - If you want to be more chic as you "de Mayo" around town, the "be seen" vibe Pinea patio is for you. They will be serving Patron margaritas, DJ-hosted music and fun lawn games like bocce. 

Shaw - if you don't love tequila then how about Mezcal? Espita Mezcal will also be releasing a special collaboration Chamomile Saisaon with Three Stars Brewing. 

Come for the mezcal stay for the amazing food (Photo by David Santori)

Come for the mezcal stay for the amazing food (Photo by David Santori)

U St - don't let the giant steel moving containers confuse you; once you enter El Rey you'll be greeted by mariachi music and an amazing retractable roof. For their Cinco de Mayo celebration they will also have an ice luge, a DJ and the ever important snapchat filters.

Petworth - Newcomer Taqueria del Barrio is offering an all-inclusive bottomless bites + drinks event from 5-9 pm for $65. 

Taqueria del Barrio (Photo by Jai Williams)

Taqueria del Barrio (Photo by Jai Williams)

Ivy City - La Puerta Verde has been getting stellar reviews and as a fail-safe back up, even better, it is near two distilleries: Republic Restoratives and One Eight Distilling.

La Puerta Verde (Photo by Raisa Aziz)

La Puerta Verde (Photo by Raisa Aziz)

Waterfront - What could be better than drinking on DC's Southwest waterfront? Watch the boats sail by and enjoy $10 flights of tequila at Cantina Marina.  


AJ Dronkers is the Associate Publisher and Digital Editor for EdibleDC Magazine. When he's not eating and drinking he's usually making up for it at spin. @aj_dc