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Best Restaurants For Cinco De Mayo In Charlotte

April 16, 2014 9:00 AM

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(Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

(Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

Cinco De Mayo is a revered celebration recalling how the 1862 Battle of Puebla was won against the French invaders, despite the Mexicans being outnumbered. A guide to the Best Parties For Cinco De Mayo In Charlotte already exists, but there are even more places to enjoy the day. The biggest Cinco De Mayo festival is listed there, as well as some celebrations centered around tequila or chihuahua dog racing. The restaurant list below should be suitable for family outings. The list of Mexican restaurants continues to grow in Charlotte, so enjoy your exploration and the celebration.
Los Arcos Mexican Restaurant
9601-F N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28262
(704) 547-1720

The first Los Arcos was established in Gastonia, and the locations ultimately expanded to include Charlotte. Its daily “Super Buffet” is amazingly affordable at $7.50 for adults and $4.25 for children, drinks not included. “A million smiles” is Los Arcos’ motto and customer service is a high priority. This restaurant can also serve your party catering needs.

Three Amigos Mexican Grill y Cantina
2917-A Central Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 536-1851

Central Avenue is an area that some consider unsavory. Residents of East Charlotte, however, know that there are many culinary treasures to be discovered there. For authenticity, affordability and deliciousness, you can’t go wrong with Three Amigos. Visit this real Mexican restaurant for lunch or dinner. The interior is small, not fabulous, but the food selection is one of the best in town. Alcohol is served, so on the night of Cinco De Mayo, the booths should be rocking with revelers.

Cabo Fish Taco
3201 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 332-8868

This combination bar and restaurant is located in NoDa. Cabo Fish Taco Baja Seagrill, the full name of the business, is a couple of blocks from the popular Neighborhood Theatre and the many art galleries that face North Davidson street. The offerings are Mexican and Caribbean influenced. The usual wrap ingredients (meat and chicken fajitas, enchiladas and quesadillas) compete with all kinds of seafood options.  The fish tacos do not disappoint. The decor is fascinating, making this a great date destination. Considering its selection of margaritas, Cinco De Mayo should be a big night at the Cabo Fish Taco.

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Don Pedro
1009 Chancellor Park Drive
Charlotte, NC 28213
(704) 921-2414

Visit Don Pedro’s website where you will be welcomed with traditional mariachi music and a mouthwatering slideshow of the dishes offered. This family-style restaurant in the UNC-Charlotte area offers Mexican cuisine that appeals to the American palate. The Chancellor Park address is the newest of three locations, including Tryon Street and Pineville, NC. One can enjoy a meal “al fresco” at the outdoor patio when the weather is warm.

Taqueria De Unica
1621 Walkup Ave.
Monroe, NC 28110
(704) 282-2369

Taqueria De Unica in Monroe is very popular. If you plan to be seated rather than get your food to go, arrive early. Customers praise the real Mexican flavors, the free salsa and chips and the friendly service. There is another location in Charlotte on Central Avenue, but the smaller interior and limited furniture there is not conducive to a sit-down dinner. Decor notwithstanding, anyone who has a dollar and change can enjoy a tasty taco from Taqueria De Unica.

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Jacquelin Celeste Peters has produced award winning radio programs at WPFW Pacifica-Washington. She is a Culture and Events Examiner in Charlotte, North Carolina, which she calls home. Her work can be found at

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