You probably have a go-to taco place, and it will be packed on Cinco de Mayo. So we suggest seeking out one of these authentic Mexican restaurants (in some of America’s best cities for Mexican food) this month. From the first restaurant on the River Walk in San Antonio, to the latest eatery to open in San Diego, pair enchiladas and margaritas with history and culture. Meet America’s most prominent Mexican chefs, including Hugo Ortega, Johnny Hernandez and Silvana Salcido Esparza; and swap the nachos for regionally inspired street foods and specialties. Whether you want Baja seafood or carne asada, there’s a truly authentic way to celebrate today.
Browse the gallery above for bucket list-worthy Mexican food destinations, from Texas to Tucson, and see more Mexican eateries in major cities below.