Authentic Mexican Restaurants to Support on Cinco de Mayo

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by tasting authentic Mexican eats at these local Mexican-owned restaurants.
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Metro Detroit is filled with restaurants that offer different cuisines from all around the world, and in honor of Cinco de Mayo, Hour Detroit has put together some authentic Mexican restaurants right in our own backyard!

One great way to celebrate is exploring the culture that surrounds Cinco de Mayo — the celebration of Mexico’s victory at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 — through authentic food, so try these local Mexican-owned restaurants on the holiday and all year round.

El Nacimiento

El Nacimiento is a taqueria and restaurant located in Detroit. Opened by Rodrigo Padilla, originally of Arandas, Jalisco, in 2001, the family-owned business has been making family recipes that date all the way back to the 1980s. The delicious and authentic Mexican food keeps customers coming back for more. If you have a chance, stop by and try their Sizzling Fajitas or a traditional dinner like Chile Relleno. Taqueria El Nacimiento, 7400 Vernor Hwy., Detroit; elnacimientorestaurant.com.

Alchile Mexican Grill

Alchile is a family-owned taqueria that serves up the family’s authentic Mexican food in West Bloomfield. They have everything from burritos to botana nachos, and entrees such as Flautas. Alchile tells their customers that whatever food you may be craving, they will cook it perfectly every time for you. Alchile Mexican Grill, 6283 Haggerty Road, West Bloomfield and 42100 Grand River Ave., Novi; alchilemexicangrill.com.

El Rancho

El Rancho’s motto “EL SABOR QUE TU QUIRES” (The Flavor You Crave), does not disappoint with their recipes from the region of San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The welcoming restaurant has been in Southwest Detroit since 1983. From authentic breakfast to traditional Mexican dinners, El Rancho has an extensive menu to choose from. El Rancho, 5900 Vernor Hwy., Detroit; elranchomexrest.com.

Aldana Mexican Bar and Grill

Aldana’s offers a Mexican fine dining experience that is backed with passion. Customers are greeted with sound of mariachi music, roasting pastor pork, and terra cotta flooring. This Troy-based restaurant is a great tequila destination and go to for high quality food inspired by the co-owners hometown, Guadalajara. Aldana Mexican Bar and Grill, 2896 W Maple Road, Troy; aldanamexicangrill.com.

Super Taco Mexican Food & Market

Super Taco has many classic Mexican dishes to choose from such as enchiladas and huaraches. They even have a vegan menu customers can order from as well! Twelve years ago, this family-owned restaurant took the leap and followed their dream of sharing their hometown cuisine, and they strive to preserve its flavors to this day. Super Taco Mexican Food & Market, 30257 John R Road, Madison Heights; mysupertaco.com.

Taqueria Mi Pueblo

Mi Pueblo prides itself on keeping the traditions of their hometown of Jalisco, Mexico, alive. This three-level restaurant offers an assortment of tacos, salsas, enchiladas, and fresh homemade tortillas that can fill anyone up. Mi Pueblo’s drink menu is also one to try! Some of the drinks consist of different aguas frescas, Mexican sodas, spirits, sangria, and mojitos. Taqueria Mi Pueblo, 7278 Dix St., Detroit; mipueblorestaurant.com.

Las Palapas

Las Palapas is an authentic Mexican restaurant located in Livonia. Diners can stop by and enjoy lunch, dinner, or even both! There’s an array of burritos, quesadillas, and enchiladas to choose from on each menu and much more. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the house favorite margaritas or sip on a glass of sangria. Las Palapas Mexican Restaurant, 33308 Plymouth Road, Livonia; laspalapaslivonia.com.

Armando’s

The Hernandez family took over Armando’s from their friend Armando Galan in 1986 and have been operating the restaurant ever since. Diners keep on returning for more and indulge themselves dishes that range from Mini Taquitos, to a Baja Seafood Taco, and even Traditional Guisado. Armando’s, 4242 Vernor Hwy., Detroit; armandosmexicantown.com.

Chela’s Restaurant and Taqueria

Adrian Iraola, whose family hails from Mexico City, and his wife Lori opened the taqueria in Ann Arbor to bring his family’s food to the area. Adrian worked in Ann Arbor as an inspector and architectural engineer for 25 years before opening their restaurant. The menu also offers options like carnitas, carne asada, burrito bowls, tamales, and much more. Swing by to enjoy the cuisine or order a family meal kit online that feeds 4 to 5 people. Chela’s Restaurant and Taqueria, 693 S Maple Road, Ann Arbor; chelas.co.

This post has been updated for 2024.