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Mexican Spots for Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

Article by Rachel Erskine

Photography by Provided

Originally published in Potomac Lifestyle

April showers bring May happy hours with your group of girls, family, or a solo night out. In the theme of Cinco de Mayo, keep reading for some local Mexican restaurants to put on your list when you go to celebrate. We are lucky to have so many restaurants around us offering delicious and authentic Mexican fare. Each restaurant is unique for different reasons, whether it be the atmosphere, live music, outdoor patios, or craft cocktails. No matter where you choose, you are guaranteed fun and your cravings satisfied. Move these spots to the top of your list and support these small-business owners.

Casa Oaxaca

WHERE: 4905 Fairmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

WHAT: The best queso fundidio cheese-pull you will find— Not only does Casa Oaxaca serve up sizzling queso fundido, but their fun and refreshing cocktails will pair perfectly with any meal. While you’re at it—make it a three course meal by adding on their tres leche cake to get your sweet fix.

HAPPY HOUR: Monday-Friday 4-6pm
BRUNCH: Saturday & Sunday 11am-3pm

CONTACT: | (240) 858-6181

La Catrina

WHERE: 4935 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

WHAT: For the live music lovers— Every Friday night from 7-10pm, La Catrina has live Mariachi! What else pairs better with tacos, tequila, and whiskey? Bring a big appetite and your dancing shoes and watch it turn into a night club after-hours.

HAPPY HOUR: Tuesday-Friday 3-6:30pm

BRUNCH: Sunday 11am-4pm

CONTACT: | (240) 204-8460

Gringos & Mariachis

WHERE: 12435 Park Potomac Ave, Potomac, MD 20854

WHAT: A street taco for any taste— The street fare and the gorgeous craft cocktails at Gringos & Mariachis will make for a phone-eats-first moment. With the beautiful May weather upon us, you should plan to take full advantage of their outdoor patio.

HAPPY HOUR: Monday-Friday 3-6pm

BRUNCH: Saturday & Sunday 11:30am-3:30pm

CONTACT: | (301) 339-8855


WHERE: 11886 Grand Park Ave, North Bethesda, MD 20852

WHAT: The chic spot for margaritas and conversation — Make your way to Pike & Rose and stop by the trendy Nada. This hip restaurant will wow you with their colorful dishes and interior. You will love socializing with your ladies while sipping on cocktails and tasting their gourmet Mexican dishes.

HAPPY HOUR: Monday-Friday 3-6pm

BRUNCH: Saturday & Sunday 11am-2:30pm

CONTACT: | (301) 770-4040

Little Miner Taco

WHERE: 967 Rose Ave North Bethesda, MD 20852

WHAT: The buzzing spot for birria tacos— Follow their food truck schedule around Maryland or stop by their closest brick and mortar location inside The Block Food Hall at Pike & Rose. This “fast bites” spot serves fan favorite cheesy birria tacos and carne asada loaded fries.

CONTACT: | (240) 271-0665

Rachel is a self-proclaimed “foodie” in the DMV area. You will find her highlighting local restaurants and posting mouth-watering photos on her food-Instagram, @raychillychows. Keep up with her there to find your new favorite restaurant!

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