Cinco De Mayo traditionally known as “El Día de la Batalla de Puebla” is the one holiday where you can glorify your love for tacos and tequila wholeheartedly. The Mexican holiday is reserved to remember and honor the Battle of Puebla and most importantly celebrate Mexican culture and heritage.

If you’re a true Texan you’ve had the privilege of being exposed to one of Mexico’s pride possessions in its cuisine. Thankfully at some point the Mexican culture blended with the North and the great state of Texas was blessed with Tex-Mex food. Many Houston area restaurants feature dishes that fuse native ingredients like corn, beans, and pork which have been satisfying generations of foodies for years.

This year Cinco de Mayo coincidentally falls on a Tuesday, and we’re guessing that “Taco Tuesday” and Cinco de Mayo specials will leave Houstonians in a food coma in no time. With a slew of Tex-Mex options in the city we’ve managed to narrow down our top choices to binge on enchiladas, fajitas, and margaritas without breaking the bank on Cinco de Mayo.

When in search of an authentic Tex-Mex experience one restaurant makes the top of our list mostly because it was one of the first coined Tex-Mex restaurants in Houston. The combination of flavorful enchiladas, cheesy chile con queso, and top shelf margaritas make Molina’s a staple in the city and favorite among former President George H. W. Bush. Molina’s will offer $5 house margaritas all day and a combo plate that includes fajitas, chicken, and 2 shrimp for $34.95.

El Tiempo:
El Tiempo is a diamond in the rough as most of its locations aren’t the prettiest however the food is worth the eye sore. Adorned with festive décor this Tex-Mex restaurant has a long history of dishing out your favorites as the restaurant as the current owner is the predecessor of the queen of Tex-Mex, Mama Nifa. Treat yourself to a canonball, a golden fried stuffed avocado with your choice of chicken, shrimp, or beef.

What doesn’t Gringos have to offer should be the question. With more than 8 area locations the Tex-Mex eatery has plenty of options for local residents to choose from. “Cinco like a Gringo” the catchy theme that will welcome hundreds of Coronita lovers as the establishment gets festive for the holiday. Be sure to also try the new featured drink of the month, the watermelon margarita.

Monica Rodriguez Gonzalez Blanco