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Where to go for Cinco de Mayo in Ames

May 5, 2023

This year, Cinco de Mayo falls on a Friday, which means it’s the perfect reason to get out of the house and enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine (and a margarita)! Check out these local favorites for guaranteed delicious food and good times. 

El Azteca

El Azteca has been an Ames staple for years – and for good reason. With fresh, bold flavors, margaritas crafted with Mexico’s finest tequila, and an inviting atmosphere, you’ll feel like family when you dine at El Azteca. 

Celaya Tex-Mex

Enjoy classic Tex-Mex dishes at Celaya, located on Duff Ave. Known for their unique house specials, try a new take on an old classic, like a Mexican burger topped with guacamole and chorizo or quesabirrias: quesadillas filled with tender beef, dipped in their secret sauce, and served with flavorful consome on the side.

Es Tas

Grab your friends and head to campustown for a Cinco de Mayo celebration at Es Tas Bar & Grill. Snack on their classic tacos served in a delicious fried shell while you split a margarita pitcher. Yum!

Rico’s Tacos

Want authentic Mexican food on the go? Grab lunch at Rico’s Tacos on Lincoln Way. Voted best food truck in 2021, you’ll find delicious, homemade tacos, burritos, tortas, and tamales. Wash your food down with your favorite flavor of Jarritos for the perfect Cinco de Mayo lunch.el 

Mr. Burrito

The food at Mr. Burrito is hard to beat, serving family recipes passed down through over three generations. Enjoy a delicious made-to-order burrito, quesadilla, or taco, topped with your favorite “final touches”, like freshly made pico de gallo, salsa verde, or guacamole. 

By Marissa Smith, Marketing Communications Intern


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