Five Mexican restaurants to try in May

by Kristi Maier


Cinco de Mayo is widely celebrated in the United States and Mexico. Contrary to popular belief, it isn’t a celebration of Mexico’s independence (that’s September 16), but rather commemorates the Mexican victory of the Battle of Puebla.

Whatever the reason, it’s just our excuse to eat delicious Mexican or Tex-Mex food, enjoy some cervezas or margaritas and, well, have a little fun. Why celebrate just one day? Here’s a list of five restaurants to enjoy this celebratory month. We call it our Cinco En Mayo.


La Botana 1547 Hanes Mall Blvd.

Ever so popular in Winston-Salem, La Botana boasts “truly authentic” Mexican food that takes a little longer to prepare (by their own admission) because they are building from scratch. If you want to be truly adventurous, you should order from the “other menu.” And many a carnivore have sworn by the vegetarian options on said “other menu.” For starters try the Molcajete, a bean stock and red sauce stew cooked with green onions, cilantro, mushrooms, prickly pear leaf cactus and shredded cheese served in a large hot volcanic rock bowl. It comes with beans and your choice of meat or vegetable.

The Porch 840 Millworks Street As seen here in YES! Weekly, insert link winston-salem-flocks-to-the-porch.html The Porch is a celebration of all things Mex and Tex. Tacos, tostadas, fajita and other inventive salads, quesadillas, chips and margarita specials—as in all the time. It’s the perfect place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo or the entire month of Mayo. If you do swing by on the 5th of May, it just happens to coincide with “Hope du Jour” when a proceeds of total sales go to the hungry in our area.


Los Gordos 2505 Battleground Avenue Having moved from their High Point Road location to a larger, more customerfriendly space, Los Gordos serves up traditional favorites like fajitas, enchiladas, tacos, etc. but customers keep coming back for the more interesting “specialties de la casa” like the Pescado Empapelado—fish topped with shrimp and a selection of veggies and fresh cilantro. It’s wrapped and cooked in foil. Or Chicken Stuffed Avocado- a deep fried avocado stuffed with chicken, cheese. It actually comes with a beef fajita taco, rice, beans AND tortilla soup—in case you feel like you aren’t going to get enough food.

Taqueria El Azteca & Taco Truck 5605 West Friendly Avenue The taqueria that spawned one of the first and most popular food trucks in the Triad. Fresh food, made to order and tortillas made daily. Tacos, tostadas, burritos, enchiladas and the requisite combos adorn the menu. The taco truck—or trucks, allow them to take the concept to the street. This truck will pop up at food truck festivals and on beloved street corners for late night munchies with favorites like tacos and the can’t-be-missed torta. The taco truck also acts as their catering auto.


Don Juan’s Restaurant 201 Century Blvd, Kernersville; 43 S.

Talbert Blvd., Lexington By the looks of the Kernersville location, it’s one of the most popular restaurants around. Multiple expansions have resulted in a sprawling joint full of families and even larger groups. There’s a vast selection of the usual favorites on this menu.

Be sure to try the super fresh Mexican Shrimp Cocktail or the AC (Arroz con Pollo. It’s like an Asian stirfry got confused and went all Mexican on you, full of broccoli, zucchini, onions, rice and cheese and pollo (with the option of adding other meats). Don Juan’s caters too in the event you are considering throwing your own fiesta. !