Mexican-Owned Restaurants to Support this Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo is a bit of an odd holiday: it’s HUGE in the U.S., but not much of a thing in Mexico. That’s because a lot of Americans mistake the day as Mexican Independence Day, which is actually on September 16 and occurred about 50 years before the event that marks the fifth of May. Cinco de Mayo marks the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, where a small Mexican army beat a larger group of French troops during the second Franco-Mexican War. It was an unlikely and valiant win for the Mexicans, but didn’t prevent the French forces from advancing to the capitol city nor did it prevent a large number of Mexican casualties during the conflict.
While the holiday isn’t widely celebrated in Mexico, it is in the U.S., so here are a few Mexican-owned restaurants you can support to mark the holiday this year:
Cesar's Old Mexico
2627 E Sunshine St., Springfield
The beloved east side spot is opening early for the big day. Stop by anytime from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Tacos El Champu
2350 S Campbell Ave., Springfield (food truck) and 519 N 21st St., Ozark (restaurant)
Stop by the taco truck in Springfield or sit down for a bite at the restaurant in Ozark. Don't forget you can order off-menu—that includes the Cubana Torta.
Tacos El Gordo
1510 N National Ave., Springfield
The north side taco stand will have specials rotating throughout the week. Check it out on their Facebook page.
Leslie's Mexican Supermarket
216 S Glenstone Ave., Springfield
Leslie's isn't just a supermarket, but an authentic Mexican restaurant and bakery, too.
3014 E Sunshine St., Springfield
Head to La Paloma for some unique specialties including pasta dishes and a molcajete—a dish that comes served in a bowl made of volcanic rock.
1314 S Glenstone Ave., Springfield
This humble food truck offers a variety of authentic tacos, delicious elotes and aagua frescas.
Mundos Latin Kitchen
5493 N 17th St., Ozark
Mundos will be serving up their wonderful Latin dishes to a backdrop of live music. They'll have some drink specials, too.