Detroit Mexican Restaurants to Try on Cinco de Mayo

Modified: July 08, 2022 | Story by Heidi Tiano | Photos by El Guapo Food Truck; Taqueria Lupitas by Marvin Shaouni

Though many don’t know the true significance of Cinco de Mayo (hint: it commemorates Mexico’s defeat over French forces in 1862 — not its Independence Day), Detroit’s best Mexican restaurants are filled to capacity to celebrate on May 5. Naturally, some Mexicantown favorites make our list of best choices. And though most of these restaurants are unassuming from the outside, they’re worth a second look (and a second taste).


Detroit Mexican Restaurants for Cinco de Mayo

Los Galanes

Highly rated by customers, its amazing botana is one of the most recommended dishes – and one that was invented in Detroit, Los Galanes says.

El Asador Steakhouse

You can bring your own beer or wine along if you want to have drink (this one doesn’t have its liquor license), but the authentic cuisine at El Asador Steakhouse more than makes up for that. Crack open a Modelo Especial and start with their to-die-for guacamole.

Taqueria El Rey

Taqueria El Rey is smack dab in the middle of Mexicantown and ultra popular – and as famous for its juicy grilled chicken dinner as it is for the tacos.

Taqueria Mi Pueblo

Another Mexicantown favorite, Taqueria Mi Pueblo it gets high marks for good service and atmosphere, and even better food, like its popular beef tongue. They also serve every flavor of margarita imaginable.

El Guapo

For something a little quicker on-the-go, try to track down Detroit’s most popular Mexican food truck, El Guapo. It’s often found at Eastern Market or Campus Martius, but check its website or Facebook page for a weekly schedule.

Jose’s Tacos

Jose’s Tacos is a downtown staple and perfect for lunch if you are downtown during the day. Grab an order of the crispy tacos for a couple of bucks.

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Mentioned Attractions And Venues

  1. 1
    Los Galanes
    3362 Bagley Ave., Detroit, MI 48216
  2. 2
    Jose's Taco
    218 E Grand River Ave., Detroit, MI 48226
  3. 3
    El Asador Steakhouse
    1312 Springwells St, Detroit, MI 48209, USA
  4. 4
    Taqueria El Rey
    4730 Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209, USA
  5. 5
    7278 Dix St, Detroit, MI 48209, USA