Where to celebrate Cinco de Mayo

WASHINGTON Cinco de Mayo commemorates Mexico’s 1862 defeat over the French invasion of the state of Puebla, but in the U.S., it’s become a more broad celebration of Mexican culture — usually marked by margaritas and Tex-Mex.

If you’re looking to sip on sangria or take down some tacos in light of the holiday, there are plenty of places around town where you can do just that. Here are a few:

The Mayahuel, or mezcal margarita, at Espita Mezcaleria is seen. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
Espita Espita highlights the cuisine of Oaxaca, a state in southern Mexico. (It’s also home to an impressive collection of mezcal.) On May 5, the restaurant will feature mezcal flights and cocktails, plus tacos topped with adobo rubbed pork and chicharron. The festivities starts at 10:30 a.m., and the patio will be open. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)  (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
El Sol and Mezcalero These two sister restaurants (run by a brother-and-sister team) are constantly on critics’ top picks for Mexican cuisine. In a previous interview, Washingtonian executive food editor and restaurant critic Ann Limpert told WTOP, “They’re doing the best tacos in the area, wonderful, huge torta sandwiches and really good margaritas, too.” (Courtesy Mezcalero) ((Courtesy Mezcalero))
Cactus Cantina and Lauriol Plaza Two other sister restaurants, Cactus Cantina and Lauriol Plaza, are known for their smoky salsa, margarita pitchers and sizable patios. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)  (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
This season, D.C. is welcoming two new — and distinctly different, yet authentic — taco spots. (Courtesy Chaia)
Chaia Vegetarian taco spot, Chaia, is serving a seasonal sangria made with strawberries, citrus and edible flowers, plus seasonal tacos and sides of rice and beans for Cinco de Mayo. (Courtesy Chaia)  (Courtesy Chaia)
Tacos, Tortas and Tequila and Buena Vida
8407 Ramsey Ave., Silver Spring, Maryland This new Silver Spring, Maryland, spot (two concepts in one) opens just in time for Cinco de Mayo (May 4 is the restaurant’s first day). Diners can expect dishes such as heirloom tomato ceviche; mushroom and corn enchiladas; and roasted chicken adobo with bacon, white beans, Swiss chard and pepita. (Anchor Images, Inc.)  (ANCHOR IMAGES INC)
MXDC 08/15/17. Photo Credit: Nicholas Karlin www.nicholaskarlin.com
MXDC Cocina Mexicana Todd English’s modern Mexican restaurant has a few specials for May 5, including five festive margaritas, five different types of tacos and five signature appetizers for $7 each, from noon to 5 p.m. (Nicholas Karlin) (Nicholas Karlin)
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 08:  Jose Andres attends FOOD MEETS ART, hosted by Jose Andres for American Express Platinum Card Members at the SLS South Beach Hotel on December 8, 2017 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for American Express Platinum)
Oyamel Jose Andres’ Penn Quarter restaurant is a D.C. staple. You can count on delicious tacos, ceviches, tortas and tequilas. (Getty Images)  (Getty Images for American Express Platinum/Jason Kempin)
Taco Bamba
Taco Bamba  Victor Albisu’s beloved taco bar has four different locations in the D.C. area. Get the day started off right with one of the concept’s breakfast tacos, sopes or tostadas (the tinga tostada has pinto beans, chicken tinga, cheese and a fried egg). (Greg Powers)  (Greg Powers)
Taqueria del Barrio, in D.C.’s Petworth neighborhood, is the city’s newest restaurant to tackle traditional Mexican food. Alongside a list of classic margaritas and creative Latin cocktails, diners can find everything from seared beef tongue tacos to grilled cactus paddles melted with Oaxaca cheese. (Jai Williams)
Taqueria del Barrio Alongside a list of classic margaritas and creative Latin cocktails, diners can find everything from seared beef tongue tacos to grilled cactus paddles melted with Oaxaca cheese in this Petworth hot spot. (Jai Williams)  (Jai Williams)
Guapo’s A popular choice for fajitas, platters and other Tex-Mex fare, Guapo’s has locations in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. (Courtesy Guapo’s Restaurant)  (Courtesy Guapo's Restaurant)
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The Mayahuel, or mezcal margarita, at Espita Mezcaleria is seen. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
This season, D.C. is welcoming two new — and distinctly different, yet authentic — taco spots. (Courtesy Chaia)
MXDC 08/15/17. Photo Credit: Nicholas Karlin www.nicholaskarlin.com
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 08:  Jose Andres attends FOOD MEETS ART, hosted by Jose Andres for American Express Platinum Card Members at the SLS South Beach Hotel on December 8, 2017 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for American Express Platinum)
Taco Bamba
Taqueria del Barrio, in D.C.’s Petworth neighborhood, is the city’s newest restaurant to tackle traditional Mexican food. Alongside a list of classic margaritas and creative Latin cocktails, diners can find everything from seared beef tongue tacos to grilled cactus paddles melted with Oaxaca cheese. (Jai Williams)


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