Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Union County
Grab your sombrero and prepare to fiesta for the holiday, this Saturday, May 5.
Cue the mariachi band music, put on that sombrero, and grab yourself a handful of tortilla chips — Cinco de Mayo is here.
This Saturday marks the celebration of Cinco de Mayo — translation: fifth of May — a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, observed in parts of Mexico and the United States.
Often mistaken for Mexican Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo is actually a commemoration of the Battle of Puebla, a hard-won victory by the outnumbered Mexican militia over French forces in 1862, according to History.com.
But here in New Jersey, Cinco de Mayo is a good excuse for some music, dancing and food. Bars and restaurants throughout our area will be joining in the fun, with live bands, food and drink specials, and parties. Read on for a few suggestions for where to celebrate, and feel free to add your own ideas to the Comments section.
Picante The Taste of Mexico, 263 Morris Ave, Springfield, 973-467-0004
Jose's Mexican Cantina, 24 South Street, New Providence, 908-464-4360
Chipotle, 117 E. Broad Street, Westfield, 908-232-2709 (Watch the Patch video and read the story of Chipotle's grand opening on May 2.)
Tinga Taqueria, 110 Central Avenue, Westfield, 908-301-0100
Qdoba Mexican Grill, 70 Elm Street, Westfield, 908-301-0050
The Office Beer Bar & Grill, 411 North Avenue E, Westfield, 908-232-1207
Molly Maguire's, 1085 Central Avenue, Clark, 732-388-6511
Grill Creations, 108 North Avenue, Garwood, 908-264-8426
Riverside Inn, 56 North Avenue, Cranford, 908-709-9449 (Riverside Inn routinely hosts taco nights and provides Mexican specials, so they may be rolling out the margaritas on Saturday night!)
Tito’s Burritos, 356 Springfield Ave., Summit, 908-277-3710
Huntley Tavern, 3 Morris Ave, Summit, 908-273-3166
Red Cadillac Tacos and Tequila, 2258 Morris Ave., Union, 908-349-8411
Flannery's Pub, 200 South Ave, Fanwood, 908-322-3700
Stage House Restaurant and Wine Bar, 366 Park Ave, Scotch Plains, 908-322-4224
Or check out these spots just north of the border in Essex County:
Toro Loco, 23 Valley St, South Orange, 973-761-1515
Cactus Charly, 6 Highland Pl Maplewood, 973-763-5150
Los Tapatios, 10 Main St, West Orange, 973-736-8869
El Centro Americano Restaurant, 292 Main St, West Orange, 973-324-0656