8 Mexican Restaurants in Manila for Your 'Cinco de Mayo' Foodtrip

Let's taco 'bout good grub, as we get into a festive mood. We've got a good selection of restaurants all over Metro Manila that cater to tastebuds hankering for Mexican cuisine -- Mexican food, after all, is unfussy comfort food we've grown to enjoy through the years; most have meat and cheese, varying degrees of hot and spice, and that addicting crunch of nachos just make for satisfying bar chow. If you don't know where to start hunting down some tacos and burritos, this edition of The Click List is for you.

In celebration of this week's Cinco de Mayo festivities (held every May 5 in Mexico to commemorate their victory over the French--and elsewhere in the world, a delicious reason to eat lots of Mexican grub and drink margaritas), here's a list of 8 restaurants in the metro for your Mexican food cravings.

Image from Agave Mexican Cantina Facebook page

1. Agave Mexican Cantina
www.agavecantina.com | FB: /agavecantina | IG: @agavecantina
Eastwood, Bonifacio High Street, McKinley Hill, SM Aura (Andale by Agave), Century City Mall (Andale by Agave),

Your Tex-Mex faves are all here -- nachos, fajitas, burritos, tacos, chimichangas, quesadillas, and more! For the thirsty, Agave has a selection of flavored margaritas to choose from.

2. Art of Taco
FB: "Art of Taco Phils." | IG: @artoftaco
SM Light Mall Mandaluyong

At this fast casual restaurant, authentic Text-Mex food uses ingredients that are imported from Mexico to give their nachos, tacos, fajitas, burritos, and quesadillas an authentic deliciousness. The grub is affordable too--you can fill yourself up with P200 or less!

3. B&T Mexican Kitchen
FB: /AwesomeBurritoAndTacos | IG: @bandtmexicankitchen
Ortigas Avenue, McKinley Hill

Hefty meal options include all sorts of burritos (they have naked burrito without the wrap, frito burrito, breakfast burrito, wet burrito), wraps, chimichangas, flautas, and different kinds of tacos (from crispy to soft, puffy, street, and tostadas). They also serve pizzas with Mexican flavors and toppings, and for dessert, a sweet version of a quesadillas filled with fruit, drizzled with chocolate and served a la mode.

 

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4. Chihuahua Mexican Grill
www.chihuahua.ph | FB: /chihuahuamexicangrill | IG: @chihuahuaph
Greenbelt 2, Crossroads BGC, Central Square BHS

Taking a fun and straightforward approach to Mexican cuisine is Chihuahua, where one can sit back and unwind with a cold Michelada (a beer based Mexican cocktail) or their famous frozen margarita, or hunker down a fiesta of burrito, quesadillas, and more.

Image from La Taqueria Amiga Mia Facebook page

5. La Taqueria Amiga Mia
FB: /lataqueriaamigamia
Scout Castor QC

Round up your amigas in QC and hit this spot for their premium tacos, rice meals, flautas, taquitos, burritos, and tortilla. Your P200 budget goes a long way here -- come by this Tex-Mex restaurant for an affordable fiesta.

Image from Órale! Taqueria Mexicana Facebook page

6. Órale! Taqueria Mexicana
FB: "Órale! Taqueria Mexicana" | IG: @oraletaqueriamexicana
Fort Strip BGC

This taqueria in BGC, popular for well, their tacos--brings some homey Mexican goodness via the California-Mexico route (the owners grew up in the Bay Area). Aside from their popular tacos, they have tostadas, quesadillas, burritos, enchiladas, nachos, and arroz platillos (rice meals). Dig in!

7. Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina
FB: /silantrofilipinomexicancantina | IG: @silantrofilmexcantina_pasig
Kapitolyo Pasig, UP Town Center QC

Named after cilantro, a favorite herb used in Mexican cuisine, this Kapitolyo haunt tweaks some Mexican flavors to adapt to the Filipino palate, and keeps everything in the delicious value-for-money spectrum that constantly draws in crowds. Come over for cheap drinks paired with Tex-Mex pulutan like nachos, dinamita, and quesadilla, tacos that come in soft or hard shell; or enjoy meaty main courses of burritos, burgers, ribs, and steak.

 

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8. Taco Vengo!
FB: /Tacovengo | IG: @tacovengo
Kapitolyo, SM Megamall

Come for tacos, as its name suggests, as this popular restaurant in Kapitolyo has quite the selection of taco -- not your usual fillings, too, as they sell tacos with pork cheek, steak, tempura, salmon, and even mushroom tofu. Same goes with their burritos, rice bowls, and quesadillas, so you can go playful and adventurous with their many different kinds of offerings over at Taco Vengo.

 

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*Bonus*: If you're down for some tacos this Cinco de Mayo, there's a perfect pop-up for you this week at The Red Light in Poblacion -- a Taco Pop Up! Presented by The Starving Artist (Dee Jae Pa'este) at The Red Light, street taco favorite Tacos Chingones will be serving up food worthy of a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta: tacos, gringas, flautas, margaritas, and churros will overflow on May 5 and 6, from 5pm until late.

 

TACOS CHINGONES POP UP Presented by THE STARVING ARTIST at @theredlightph Join Us May 5th Cinco De Mayo and 6th as #TheStarvingArtistph takes over #theredlightph for a series of Pop Ups that bring together Food, Art, and Music into one fun and tasty experience. Tacos • Gringas • Flautas • Margaritas •Churros Tacos Chingones will be taking over The Red Light to bring you Authentic Street Tacos this week! What Better way to celebrate Cinco De Mayo than with Tacos, Margartias and Good Times! All the ingredients and flavors are the closest thing you can get to a taco this far away from Mexico & they are even served out of a legit mexican mobile taco cart. Some of the options are Chorizo, Carne Asada, Bistek, Al Pastor, Carnitas, Lengua, Barbacoa. So be sure to tell your friends and their friends, and everyone you know! There will also be a Taco Eating Contest on Cinco De Mayo for all you brave and hungry souls, with some amazing prizes! Could you be the next taco King or Queen of Manila? Come find out at the Taco Pop Up! Music + Art by Dee Jae Pa'este Thursday & Friday May 5-6th 5pm - Late First Come, First Serve No Reservations needed @The Red Light on Felipe St. Makati, Poblacion #tacoschingonesph #theredlightph #starvingartistph

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