Cinco de Mayo Spanish for “Fifth of May” is an annual celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican’s Army difficult victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza.
In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has taken on a significance beyond that in Mexico. In the U.S. the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture. In Mexico, the commemoration of the battle continues to be mostly ceremonial, such as through military parades.
If you’re anything like me you LOVE Mexican food and use Cinco de Mayo as an excuse to go out and partake in some delicious food and possibly a margarita or two!
While we have enjoyed trying the many Mexican restaurants in Wake Forest here is a list of our top three favorites!
Featuring award-winning Colombian-Mexican cuisine, hand crafted Latin cocktails, an extensive variety of tequilas & regional spirits, and a carefully selected list of Latin wines & beers. Gonza’s is more of an elegant Mexican restaurant where you receive smaller portions that pack a punch of flavor!
Each table is given chips and salsa to start. Be sure to compliment those chips with either the Orale Guacamole or Queso Picoso (cheese dip). Choosing from the menu for your dinner will be a difficult task as everything sounds amazing! My personal favorites are the:
Camaron – A flour tortilla filled with shrimp, cheese, tequila-chipotle, pico de gallo and cilantro
Chile Relleno – poblano (mild chili pepper), black charro beans, mexican cream, pico de gallo, cheese, avocado and your choice of chicken tinga, carnitas, or veggies.
Enjoy a nice cold margarita with dinner and then dig into dessert! Dessert of choice is the Coconut tres leches and it’s worth going back for every time!
Gonza Tacos y Tequila is conveniently located in front of the Factory off of South Main Street in Wake Forest and is family friendly!
Las Margaritas has been providing authentic Mexican food and atmosphere to Wake Forest, North Carolina for over 15 years.
Las Margaritas Mexican Restaurant reminds me of the whole in the wall Mexican restaurants you find in southern California near the Mexican border. As with Gonzas you are given chips and salsa when you are seated. I highly recommend you get some of the Chorizo con Queso which has a nice kick to it or the Fresh Made to order Chunky Guacamole to compliment the chips. You won’t be disappointed with either!
For the main course I’d recommend my favorites:
Chimichanga de Camaron – 12 grilled shrimped rolled in flour tortillas then fried and topped with cheese and mild salsa and baked. Served with rice and guacamole salad. Be sure to request extra guacamole as you can never have enough!
My other favorite is:
Enchiladas Verdes – One chicken, one beef and one cheese enchilada topped with lettuce, tomato, sour cream and a special green mole sauce.
Las Margaritas also has a children’s plates for $5.99 which includes a drink. The children’s meals have Mexican items such as taco’s but also hamburgers, fries and chicken for those less adventurous eaters!
Nestled in the heart of downtown Wake Forest and opening most days at a 11 AM make this restaurant a fantastic spot for lunch!
It’s a taco shop with great Mexican food and a vibe inspired by their Southern California roots. This is more of a “fast food” type Mexican restaurant but still one that is equally delicious!
At Chronic Taco you build your meal so you’re getting exactly what you want! You start off with Step One which is your “Base”, such as tacos, burritos or the chronic salad. Step Two is “Protein” choices range from chicken, beef to veggies. From there you choose your toppings and you’re good to go!
I also like Chronic Taco because in addition to your regular soda options they also have horchata and agua de Jamaica on tap which is a nice change!
Chronic Taco is located off of Forestville Road in the Publix Plaza in the heart of the Heritage Community.
There you have it folks, my top three choices for super delicious Mexican right in your home town of Wake Forest and just in time for you to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!
Wake Forest is such a great place with so many delicious restaurants, fun shops and all located with close proximity to Raleigh. Whether you call it home or stop by to visit, Wake Forest is a great place to be!