Cinco de Mayo: Best Spots for Margaritas, Tacos and Celebrations

Nations’ histories across the world deserve to be celebrated — and often with good drinks and fabulous food in both hands.

Cinco de Mayo is just days away, a holiday that represents the Mexicans Army’s victory over the French empire in the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862.

State College is raring to give this holiday the hype it deserves, whether it be through their authentic Mexican cuisine, original dishes or tasty margaritas.

Check out all the ways you can join the celebration!


Yallah Burrito Co.

Let’s all hollah for Yallah! Founder of Yallah Taco, Hitham Hiyajneh decided to open a seventh brand in State College: Yallah Burrito Co. The business has now been in town for over a year, and would love to share the fun-filled Mexican holiday with yummy rice bowls, monster burritos and mouth-watering tacos. Can you get any more celebratory than munching on a King Kong burrito, absolutely stuffed with Queso, steak, black beans and Yallah sauce, or fish tacos that come with red cabbage Slaw and spicy pineapple salsa? We don’t think so!


Mad Mex

Funky Fresh Cal Mex at Mad Mex in Happy Valley
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Both a bar and restaurant, Mad Mex will get you partying! You can’t celebrate Cinco de Mayo without sipping on a relaxing margarita, a signature drink of Mad Mex. Seasonal drinks you have to try before they go include Jack’s Breakfast Cider and Tröegs Nigget Nectar Ale. As Cinco de Mayo falls on a Sunday this year, enjoy Mad Mex’s Sunday special brunch from 11 a.m.–3 p.m., with a fixed-price menu option included. Dive into their crab dip, tortilla soup, potato taquitos or their Korean BBQ Quesadilla. Nothing is off limits!  



Qdoba makes fresh guacamole every day
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With ingredients made in-house, Qdoba just might be your Cinco de Mayo heaven. The scrumptious steak and chicken are fire grilled, the pork is slow-roasted every day and their to die for guacamole is mashed and made fresh daily. Big, bold and brave flavors are mixed into every recipe either for burritos bowls, nachos or tortilla soups. The hot bar is filled with ingredients like Queso Diablo, fajita veggies, black beans and 3-Cheese Queso. If you want to celebrate the holiday in your own home but still crave the Qdoba kitchen, you can always choose to cater — there are no rules when it comes to Cinco de Mayo!


Plaza Mexican Bar & Grill

Plaza Mexican bar & Grill presents their chips and guacamole
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Can you get any better than a Mexican bar and grill that serves any and every Mexican dish you can imagine? Order sangria, margaritas or any drink you like at the bar and enjoy the menu’s bountiful choices, including empanadas, camarones gratinados or even taquitos — and these are only the appetizers. Choose between various quesadillas, like the spinach and chicken or the ranchera, the different salads, like the fajita taco salad or the Azteca salad, or simply delve into the chicken entrees and enchiladas. The Plaza Mexican Bar & Grill does, in fact raise, the bar when it comes to Cinco de Mayo food finds!

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