It's the United States' favorite day to celebrate Mexican culture, but it's not, as many believe, Mexico's Independence Day — that comes Sept. 16.
Cinco de Mayo instead commemorates a significant military victory, in which the Mexican army defeated French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.
Want to celebrate the occasion and show off your newfound knowledge of Mexican history? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best Mexican restaurants in Fresno, using both Yelp data and our own methodology. Use our list to score a delicious Cinco de Mayo meal.
1. Red Wave Inn
Topping the list is Red Wave Inn, located at 2375 E. Shaw Ave. in Northeast Fresno. The bar and Mexican spot, which offers burritos and more, is the highest rated Mexican restaurant in Fresno, boasting 4.5 stars out of 138 reviews on Yelp.
2. La Elegante Taqueria
Next up is Downtown Fresno's La Elegante Taqueria, situated at 1423 Kern St. With 4.5 stars out of 223 reviews on Yelp, the Mexican spot offering desserts and seafood, has proven to be a local favorite.
3. Casa de Tamales
Casa de Tamales, a Mexican, gluten-free and vegetarian spot in Central Fresno, is another go-to spot. With four stars out of 248 Yelp reviews, head over to 609 E. Olive Ave. to see for yourself.
4. Cowboy Cafe
Over in Southeast Fresno, check out Cowboy Cafe, a Mexican and traditional American spot. Boasting 4.5 stars out of 19 reviews on Yelp, you can find the breakfast and brunch place at 4049 E. Jensen Ave.