Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at these Edmonton restaurants

Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May) is a Mexican celebration often confused with Mexican Independence Day. The day honours Mexico’s unlikely triumph over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. While only really celebrated in Puebla, Mexico, Cinco de Mayo has become a North American fête of Mexican culture. Edmonton’s rich restaurant scene offers many places to go for the party. [Image credit: iStock.com/Robert Ingelhart]

El Cortez Tequila Bar and Kitchen

8230 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 4B2

Just off Whyte Avenue, El Cortez shares Tres Carnales’ love of street food and tacos but also includes tapas and Latin entrées, in addition to Nuevo Latino fusion dishes. It’s one of only nine businesses certified by the Tequila Regulatory Council, which governs compliance with international tequila standards, meaning that El Cortez carries only the best tequila. Also offering brunch and hosting special events, El Cortez is sure to provide an exceptional Cinco de Mayo experience.


102-10359 104 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 1B9

Taking their successful Mexican approach at Tres Carnales, the three partners opened up Rostizado, which serves up old world style Mexican roticerias. Eat hearty, slow-cooked Mexican dishes family style in a comforting, relaxed environment. Their Mexican twist on rotisserie chicken, beef and pork will make you salivate, and the desserts are out of this world.

The Three Amigos

4035 106 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6J 2S3

With two locations (downtown and southside), The Three Amigos’ fun, fiesta ambiance is complete with mariachi music and authentic Mexican street food. This fun atmosphere is complemented by their delicious tamarindo (Mexican iced tea) and bulldogs (margaritas with beer) to make you feel like you’re in Mexico. A Cinco de Mayo must – try their famous fish tacos, the enchiladas and definitely the margaritas!

Julio's Barrio

10450 82 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2A2

Famous for their large, Whyte Avenue patio, Julio’s offers both Mexican and Tex-Mex style cuisine from enchiladas and burritos to nachos and taco salad. They are also popular for their slush beverages: daiquiris, margaritas, pina coladas and bulldogs (a slush beverage with a beer served upside down in it). Julio’s is all about the ambiance and atmosphere, so if you can get there early enough to land a spot on the patio, it’ll be a Cinco de Mayo to remember.

Huma Mexican Comfort

9880 63 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 0G6

Huma’s owners, Humberto and Mariel, are from Puebla, Mexico, so they are sure to be the best Cinco de Mayo destination! Mariel makes all the queso and salsa from scratch, and, if you like it, you can buy your own in their little shop. Serving authentic Pueblan comfort food, Huma’s offerings include soups, appetizers, street food and delicious mains like enmoladas, fajitas and pipian verde.

Divine Spine

178-270 Baseline Rd, Sherwood Park, AB T8H 1R4

No Way Jose’s Taqueria is Sherwood Park’s Mexican street food destination. While providing foodies with authentic tacos, No Way Jose’s also satisfies that good old Tex-Mex craving with nachos. Their menu is structured so that you choose your style (e.g. tacos, vampiros, torta, papa loca) and then choose your fillings. As far as drinks go, though, No Way Jose’s only offers beers, no margaritas.

Cerdo Tacos + Tequila

150-15 Perron St, St. Albert, AB T8N 1E5

St. Albert’s Mexican spot boasts a modern décor with murals of Mexican wrestlers and Día de los Muerto skulls on the walls, complemented by beautiful red bar and a nice outdoor patio. Cerdo makes authentic street tacos and delicious huevos bowls, in addition to serving some fine tequila.

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good, well made pie: light, buttery, flaky crusts paired with delectable, fruity or creamy fillings – a heavenly culinary adventure. Between its world-class bakeries, local niche restaurants and made-from-scratch farmers’ market pies, Edmonton has some spectacular pie offerings.
What is it about fried chicken that’s so good, so great, so unbelievably satisfying? Is it the satisfying crunch that comes from a deliciously battered,flawlessly seasoned and perfectly fried bite? Oh that juicy, flaking chicken enrobed in that heavenly crust! Edmonton has a pretty fabulous fried chicken scene, so checkout these restaurants to get your fix. [Image credit: iStock.com/rebeccafondren]
Cheesecakes are the unparalleled dessert for cheese aficionados … no other dessert can even touch a cheese lover’s heart. A good cheesecake causes intense cravings; it has a distinct mouth feel and flavour and comes in many delightful varieties. From simple cheesecake with a graham crust to complex cheesecake flavours like turtle, strawberry champagne or salted caramel apple, Edmonton has a cheesecake to satisfy your craving.
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