The 5th of May 1862, is a very significant date in Mexico’s history. Despite fighting a much larger and much better equipped French military, the Mexican army was able to repel the invaders. This unlikely victory in the face of adversity has long been celebrated in Mexico as Cinco de Mayo. You don’t need to be in the heart of Puebla to mark Cinco de Mayo de 2019. Vaughan’s got more than enough places to capture the spirit de Mexico, and with a margarita to boot. We found some of the best Mexican restaurants and a few other cultural activities that will get your feet ringing with the zapateado:
Ay Caramba, Eh!
Ay caramba! It’s small, it’s authentic and it’s got the character where it counts – the food, silly! Ay Caramba, eh! has the honor of being one of the most consistently highly-rated Mexican eateries across the GTA. Located inside Venice Place, ‘Ay Caramba, eh!’ is easily accessed from Highway 400. But do time it right as this place can get busy!
If you want to absorb some Mexican culture as you dine with your friends and family, however, La Taquizza is your go-to for its Mexican fare and many activities this May 5th. Margaritas will be $5, as will their ‘Gringo Burrito.' For Cinco de Mayo they have even got a live Mariachi band that will be playing at the venue from noon onward! Really, though, their friendly hospitality just the makes the whole experience such a treat.
Arthur Murray Dance Studio Always wanted to dance the Salsa than just clap along with the beat? There’s no better time than Cinco de Mayo to inspire you to sign up for classes at Arthur Murray dance studio in Woodbridge. A renowned dancing school, a trip to Arthur Murray will have you twirling to the festivities in no time – well, probably in time for next year, but you have to start somewhere, right.
Comal y Canela Can there be a compliment greater than, “their food tastes like it does back in Mexico!" That’s high praise coming from many a Mexican man and woman who has visited Comal y Canela. For an authentic Mexican dining experience, Comal y Canela cannot be beat. Key to their taste? “Nothing is processed or prepackaged.”
El Sombrero Since we are venturing a little outside Vaughan, El Sombrero in Mississauga is a must visit. If the name is anything to go by, expect a headrush of Mexican culture – and El Sombrero doesn’t disappoint! Burritos are their specialty – especially which enjoyed on the patio (fingers crossed for the weather).
Island Mix Restaurant & Lounge If you want to add a Caribbean twist to go with your enchiladas, then Island Mix Restaurant and Lounge is your best bet. A well-known spot for getting some good food and plenty of drinks without breaking the bank, Island Mix is a boisterous place to hang out. They have a number of promotions running this Sunday, for Cinco de Mayo. And it’s a great atmosphere for catching the Raptors game too.
El Nahual With their ‘hand-pressed house made tortillas’, El Nahual continues to win over patrons’ hearts (and stomachs) with delectable tacos. Very reasonably priced, this roving and savvy Mexican eatery has quite the fan following. Watch for exciting Cinco de Mayo atmosphere here. So that means you’ll forgive us for including this North York based resto here?
La Torteria There's La Torteria too, highly regarded for its succulent tortas, a type of Mexican sandwich. Nestled near Woodbridge downtown, this little gem is renowned for its service and atmosphere.
Spanish Schoolhouse If Cinco de Mayo has inspired you to visit Mexico, being able to speak Spanish will make your trip that much more engaging. The Spanish Schoolhouse is a great place for children and adults alike to learn Spanish. A variety of group sessions, private classes and online courses make it possible for everyone to find the time to learn.
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