While you may not be able to go out for Mexican food and margs to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year, there are still plenty of local establishments you can support to pull together the perfect at-home fiesta. 

Cocktail Hour: 

Get your limes and salt ready, because it’s margarita time! Head to Morganelli’s in Forest Acres and pick up your tequila of choice. 

Then, pop over to either the Devine Street or Main Street locations of Cantina 76 to pick up a half-gallon of their house margarita mix. 

Branch out with a fun flavor - the Blood Orange Margarita mix from Saluda’s in Five Points is top notch. 


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Craft your own Publico margarita flight right at home with some of their margarita jugs in different flavors like watermelon, traditional, jalapeno and more. ¡Salud!

Looking for the perfect cerveza to pair with your meal, instead? Swing by Hazelwood Brewing in Lexington for a pack of their new Mexican Lager or opt for the Muy Tranquilo - a muy tasty sour loaded with limes and a hint of coconut that makes for easy drinking. 


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Main Course: 

While you’re snagging your margarita mix from Cantina 76, go ahead and pick up that Tres Hombres sampler and Peruvian Shrimp taco you know you’ve been craving. 

We hope you like leftovers, because Moctezuma Taqueria is not messing around with their portions. Their family taco bar has been a popular option through quarantine thus far and with it, you’ll be eating all week. Supplement your meal with sopas, tortas and all your other Moctezuma go-tos. 


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Real Mexico isn’t just a name, it’s a representation of the authenticity of the cuisine. Pack your table with menu items like tamales, chilaquiles, flautas, loco bean dip or the molcajete. And don’t even think about skipping the Real Mexico Tacos. Thank us later.

We’ve got a gordita in each hand and we have Tacos Nayarit to thank. And if you’ve never tried a torta, then run, don’t walk, over there to try one of the six different variations ranging from Traditional to Cuban to Hawaiian. Fried plantains or churros will satisfy your taste for something sweet and we recommend washing it all down with a refreshing agua fresca. 


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What’s better than a taco from Publico in Five Points? Getting a token for a *free* taco with each to go order you place! Score one for later while you stock up on salads and street corn or build your own family meal for a steal. Bonus, celebrate early over the weekend with all your brunch favorites!

Whether you want to prep your own Cinco de Mayo feast or pick one up from a local establishment, La Estrella in is your one-stop-shop. This hidden gem in Cayce is both a grocery store and a restaurant, keeping you well-supplied and ready to throw your own celebration during this time. 

Casa Linda is calling and you must answer. Start with the black bean chorizo dip, Mexican corn on the cob and jalapenos del fuego (yes, all three) before tucking into heartier fare. Light and fresh options include the chicken mango tacos or shrimp fundido, while the enchiladas de mole and the carnitas dinner are flavorful and are sure to leave seconds. 


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Get plenty of bang for your buck with a to go order from Monterrey. Sizzling fajitas, chiles rellenos, chalupas, enchiladas, tostadas and so much more await you at affordable prices. Make it feel like you’re really there and stay true to the experience by filling up on way too many chips and salsa before you tackle your entrée.

If there’s a place in town that knows how to celebrate, then it’s the one that’s literally called La Fiesta. Have some fun trying different dishes with various combination specials and we hear the shrimp tacos are fuego. 


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With plenty of San Jose locations around the Columbia region to choose from, getting your fix for Cinco is an easy feat. It’ll be no time at all before you have your Tornado Burrito, Chimichanga or Carne Asada in hand. 

And to all you Eric’s San Jose loyalists out there, fear not. They’re offering takeout, too! 

It takes confidence to open a new restaurant in the midst of a global pandemic and that’s exactly what Diablo’s Southwest Grill in Lexington has done. Show some support to the new guys in town and load up on burrito bowls (there’s even a Keto version!), taco salads, quesadillas and more. I mean, any place that offers a 4-person nacho bar is alright in our book!