Mexican-Owned Restaurants to Support on Cinco de Mayo

Support local Mexican-owned businesses this Cinco de Mayo.

First thing’s first: Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day.

Though it’s a common misconception, perhaps due to the similarity of its namesake to the Fourth of July, the holiday actually celebrates a victory against the French army in 1862.

It’s more common to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in America than it is in Mexico. The country’s actual Independence Day is celebrated on September 16, but Cinco de Mayo has become an important part of Mexican-American culture.

Making the extra effort to purchase from small, family-owned restaurants can go a long way. And on a holiday designed to celebrate Mexican heritage, purchasing from a Mexican-owned restaurant is important, too.

Now that that’s cleared up — let’s get into the celebration.

This article was recently updated on April 1, 2024 by Metro Parent’s Assistant Editor, Nikki Roberts. The update included fact-checking this listing of Mexican-owned restaurants in metro Detroit, aligning with Metro Parent’s mission to provide current information for local families. Questions? Please reach out to nikki@metroparent.com.

Armando’s

While this Mexican restaurant will definitely be booked and busy for Cinco de Mayo, consider ordering a carryout of tamales, enchiladas, tacos, burritos and more. This southwest Detroit staple also offers seafood.

Chapala Mexican Restaurant

This Mexican restaurant features a tiki bar and elaborate, themed drinks — there’s even an option to drink out of a real pineapple. Try the flautas or carnitas. Dine-in or carry-out is available on Cinco de Mayo.

Chela’s Restaurant and Taqueria

Try the daily special from this spot, where you can get a combination of two tacos or tamales served with rice, your choice of beans and soft drink. This taco spot also offers barbacoa and campechana tacos, which you can’t find at every taqueria. There are also large family taco and tamale meals for carryout.

El Nacimiento

This popular spot has a wide variety of soups, including menudo and birria, and large dinner platters. Try one of their margarita creations like the Margarita el Nacimiento, with tequila, fresh lime juice, agave syrup and grenadine. There’s a kid-friendly menu, too.

El Taco Veloz

This taco spot is nestled in the back of a small grocery. Stop by on Cinco de Mayo for an array of taco options, including vegetarian choices and be sure to pick up a horchata to round out your Cinco de Mayo feast. Orders can be called in ahead.

Las Tortugas Taquiera

This restaurant boasts a full bar and specialty menu items including flautas, birria tacos and tamales.

Mexicantown Bakery

You don’t need to order ahead at this spot, but expect it to be very busy on Cinco de Mayo. Pick up sweet desserts, like churros and conchas, and a horchata to round out the celebration at this authentic Mexican bakery.

Mexican Village Restaurant

Detroit’s first Mexican restaurant has expanded to Utica, too. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with specialties like Calco Can-can and homemade desserts at this beloved restaurant.

My Super Taco Madison Heights

My Super Taco is more than just a restaurant — it’s a market, too. The shop sells imported Mexican food staples and specialties and serves up full-sized plates of authentic cuisine. Vegan options are available.

Taqueria Mi Pueblo

Try the “land and sea” plate or the chile relleno at this bustling spot. Cocktails are available to go for pickup and this restaurant is linked to both Doordash and Uber Eats for deliveries. No reservations are required for Cinco de Mayo.

Tmaz Taqueria

You can build-your-own torta at this eatery or try the pupusas meal (a Salvadorian-style tortilla). Dine in and carryout are available at this tucked away spot.


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Amanda Rahn
Amanda Rahn
Amanda Rahn is a freelance journalist, copy editor and proud Detroiter. She is a graduate of Wayne State University’s journalism school and of the Columbia Publishing Course at Oxford University. Amanda is a lover of translated contemporary fiction, wines from Jura and her dog, Lottie.

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