For fans of the salt, tequila, triple sec, ice and lime juice concoction, here is a quick rundown of some of the best margaritas in town.

Cinco de Mayo restaurant crawl: 5 courses, 5 stops

How best to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this Sunday?

May we suggest a restaurant crawl?

>> The best places to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Dayton

With Cinco de Mayo falling on a Sunday fun day it only seems right.

All you need is your phone with the Uber app, a healthy appetite and a credit card.


La Michoacana #5 Mexican Market’s breakfast

Kick off Cinco de Mayo with an authentic breakfast — Chilaquiles, hot cakes and huevos rancheros is the start to Cinco de Mayo that the day deserves. Do a little shopping after and get ready for round two.

748 Troy St., Dayton

(937) 220-9600 |

Salsa, guacamole, chips and an ice cold margarita served up at Taqueria Mixteca’s Trotwood location. CONTRIBUTED/ALEXIS LARSEN
Photo: Contributing Writer


Taqueria Mixteca’s Guacamole

Taqueria Mixteca is inexpensive and tasty. The best course here is to go with a large guacamole and chips. If avocados aren’t your thing (we can’t imagine!) the authentic tacos are absolutely delicious. If you are at the Trotwood location grab a margarita. If you are on E. Third St. head across the street to DK Effect for a margarita sampler and some video games.

>> The best Mexican restaurants in Dayton

1609 E. Third St., Dayton

(937) 258-2654

2190 Shiloh Springs Road, Trotwood

937-529-7535 |

An Elsa's Bad Juan margarita. Staff file photo by Jim Noelker.


Elsa’s Queso Loco … and a Bad Juan

Two words — Bad Juan. An aptly named margarita that becomes exponentially badder with each one ordered. But if you are going to make it through all five courses you just get one. Order up some chips and queso loco — a hot, white cheese sauce with diced peppers and ground chorizo sausage.

>> Best margaritas in Dayton

Elsa’s Kettering Sports Grill — 1216 E. Stroop Road, Kettering

(937) 294-9210

Elsa’s East — 3618 Linden Ave., Dayton

(937) 252-9635

Elsa’s South — 6318 Far Hills Ave., Centerville

(937) 439-3897

Elsa’s on the Border

1227 Wilmington Ave., Dayton

(937) 938-7372

Elsa’s Corner Cantina

6204 A Wilmington Pike, Sugarcreek Twp.

(937) 310-1373

El Toro Mexican Bar & Grill will relocate its restaurant currently across from the Dayton Mall to a former TGI Fridays in the Southtown Center just east of the mall.
Photo: Mark Fisher


El Toro’s Molcajete

El Toro continues to rank at the top of the list with voters in the Best of Dayton polls. With a full menu to choose from and a number of locations that are nearly as plentiful as the dishes that are offered, there’s never an El Toro too far away. Consider trying the El Toro Molcajete featuring tender slices of steak, chicken, chorizo and shrimp grilled with green onions and Nopales (cactus). Drizzled with green sauce and covered with melted cheese, if you are looking to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in a big way, this is a solid option.

710 Gardner Road, Springboro

4421 Ohio 725, Bellbrook

894 S. Main St., Centerville

2335 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Miamisburg

9190 N. Main St., Englewood

1375 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek

2915 Harshman Road, Dayton

448 Indian Ripple Road, Beavercreek

2100 S. Limestone St., Springfield

8321 Old Troy Pike, Huber Heights

6770 Miller Lane, Dayton

794 Northwoods Blvd., Vandalia

2017 N. Bechtle Ave., Springfield

The indoor patio at El Meson. (Source: Contributed photo by Alexis Larsen)


El Meson’s dessert

With one of the best patios in Dayton this is the spot that will be throwing one of the best parties in honor of Cinco de Mayo, this is one of the best spots for Cinco de Mayo celebrations at the start, middle or finish. With a menu of dishes they are known for as well as a robust menu of featured specials, there’s always something both familiar and new to enjoy. The fifth and final course is a great party and dessert — go for the passion fruit creme brulee or the guava lemon bundt cake.

>>MORE DETAILS: What’s better than one Cinco de Mayo celebration? El Meson says two

903 E. Dixie Drive, West Carrollton