¡Ay, Caramba! Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Fairfield County, CT

23 Apr

Some of your taco options at Bodega Taco Bar in Fairfield

UPDATED for Cinco de Mayo 2014.  

Cinco De Mayo is almost at hand, so let’s celebrate by checking out some of our old favorites or by finding new favorites.  We’ve tried to put together the best list possible, but certainly let us know if you have a favorite that should be included on here.  A few prerequisites for this list:  great tacos, burritos, and guac.  Bonus points for margaritas, tequila, and outdoor dining. ;)  Tell us…is your favorite on here?  If not, what’s your fave Mexican spot here in CT?


Taco Loco:  You’d be loco not to hit this spot up if you’re in the area.  An old favorite when we lived nearby.  Good Mexican all around, plenty of room, and they usually have fun gifts on Cinco de Mayo.


Pancho’s Tacos:  Great Mexican food all around here and great prices.  Also, monster margaritas here to quench your thirst.  If you’re insane, try the dish that I did. ;)

Darien + Fairfield

Cotton Candy Goatee at Red Lulu

Bodega Taco Bar:  Michael Young from Valencia opened up this spot in 2011.  Great and fun twists on Mexican food and great tacos.  Amazing tequila list.

New Canaan

Tequila Mockingbird:  Instant cred for the Harper Lee reference.  The food is good here, though it’s more expensive than other options nearby.


Los Molcajetes:  Killer tacos, especially the alambre:  beef and bacon, married in beautiful harmony.  Salsa and margaritas are just basic, though.  Stop in for the tacos and the authentic food.

Tacos Mexico:  Eat and drink cheap here.  Food is average here, but you’ll leave satisfied and your wallet won’t be much lighter.


If you have the option, always get fresh squeezed lime in your margarita with Añejo!

El Charrito:   You can pick up food at their to-go spot at 7 Apache Place in Riverside, CT.  Same food from the El Charrito taco truck.


Casa Villa:  Amazing tacos, great dishes, fun atmosphere, outdoor dining.  Make sure to ask for your margaritas with fresh squeezed lime.

El Charrito:  People have said they will kill for the food off of this taco truck.  Find them on Richmond Hill Ave.

Lola’s Mexican Kitchen:  In the thriving “heart” of downtown Stamford, Lola’s is putting out some good food.  Although we have heard complaints about service, we did have a good experience.  The churros are excellent here.

Riviera Maya:  Our first review ever.  We have sentimental attachments to the good food here.  There are LOTS of fun margarita options here and there is some outdoor seating.


Viva Zapata:  Long live the shoe?  More like supporting the revolutionary general, Zapata.  Omnomivores have made their feelings clear, so we needed to add this bad boy.  Plenty of outdoor seating, killer margaritas, and good Mexican food here.  Viva la Revolución!

16 Responses to “¡Ay, Caramba! Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Fairfield County, CT”

  1. kzackuslheureux April 25, 2012 at 11:48 pm #

    Makes my mouth water! One thing I dislike about Canada, since I’ve moved here I’ve found they have no understanding of Mexican food. :( Phoenix I miss you!


    • Dan Del Ferraro April 26, 2012 at 7:47 am #

      That’s really sad… :( How can a person live without Mexican? But, as an advantage, you do get nice poutine!!!! It’s hard to find good poutine here. :)


      • kzackuslheureux April 26, 2012 at 9:43 am #

        true. Sacrifices. At least I am an “ok” Mexican cook, but I like special favorite Mex Restaurants and I just have to go back home for it… It will be hard, but I will live. The places you listed sound great!


        • Dan Del Ferraro April 26, 2012 at 9:49 am #

          We’re the same here. We can cook *nice* Mexican food, but there’s nothing like Mexican when it’s done right and it’s authentic. When we went to Arizona a couple of years ago we had great, GREAT food. We do have some great Mexican here, too, thanks. :) I think it’s just the love and the heart that goes into it that makes it so great…don’t know exactly. :)


  2. whitemist April 25, 2012 at 8:40 pm #

    In Greenwich, i would add Lolitas Bar & Cocina, like the box car, it is expesive.


  3. uhcowboys April 24, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

    I like the atmosphere of Viva Zapata in westport, I think the food was solid (though the many margaritas consumed clouds my memory haha. I do believe that the main bartender has legendary BADDD reviews across the internet though


    • Dan Del Ferraro April 25, 2012 at 7:37 am #

      Hey Kevin, what’s going on? :) It’s been yearrrrsss since we’ve been there. Kristien used to live in Westport, so I know she would go there once in a while for drinks. Don’t remember what the food is like, but we might add it to the list. Must discuss. :)


      • uhcowboys April 25, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

        I think the food was solid there. I like the outdoor patio area out front. I am a huuuuge fan of outdoor food and beverage consumption and I am just going on the assumption that we are going to have a sunny and warm Cinco de Mayo (really hoping the weather cooperates). So that being said, the patio is one of the reasons why I am contemplating a trip there. Off the top of my head I am having trouble envisioning any outdoor dining areas at the Stamford locales (though I think Lola’s has windows that open?)


        • Maura April 27, 2012 at 9:14 pm #

          Viva’s should be added to the list for their killer margaritas alone… I might venture to say the best margs in Fairfield county! The food is typically average to above-average, and big portions too. The bar/patio do become seriously packed during Cinco de Mayo though (from past experience). For chillier nights, the heating lamps on the patio are a nice touch.


        • Dan Del Ferraro April 27, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

          You’ve forced our hand! :) We’ll definitely add it, no doubt. :) Thanks for sharing Maura. :) So, how do you like your margaritas?


  4. Julie April 23, 2012 at 11:16 pm #

    Don’t forget Lola’s in Stamford… the guacamole trio and the margaritas are awesome!


    • Dan Del Ferraro April 24, 2012 at 7:29 am #

      We can definitely include Lola’s. We had a good experience when we were there.


    • Dan Del Ferraro April 25, 2012 at 7:36 am #

      We added it in Julie, thanks for reminding us. You know, we think we need a personal assistant to remind us of all the places that we’ve been to. There’s too many :P :P :P


  5. jessica April 23, 2012 at 8:53 am #

    How could you leave out Bartaco? Best margaritas around! (Not to mention atmosphere).


    • Dan Del Ferraro April 23, 2012 at 9:08 am #

      Jessica, we had a bad experience there. Lamb tacos given to us with the grizzle, a margarita that wasn’t drinkable and had to be sent back, and churros that were sent back but still came back raw the second time. We had even given it a second shot, trying both locations. We’re willing to give it a third shot, but we’re not rushing there.


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