Bust out your sombreros because it’s Cinco de Mayo! Lucky for us, Des Moines has muchas delicioso Mexican restaurants that are kid friendly and serve margaritas and cervezas, so everyone is sure to enjoy themselves while celebrating. So grab a group of friends with kids and hit up one of these local Mexican restaurants for a fun family fiesta. Enjoy!
Dos Rios (316 Court Avenue, Des Moines, (515) 282-2995) is probably the most upscale restaurant on this list, but is still family friendly and accommodating. We’ve asked to split meals a few times and are always pleasantly surprised when they bring the meal pre-plated rather than just bringing an extra dish for you to DIY. They have a great drink menu for the Ps and a comfy patio situated right on Court Avenue. It does get busy on the weekends, so go early or make reservations. Must Try: Dos Rios is known for their made to order guacamole. You can order it smooth or chunky, mild or spicy and it’s super tasty. – CLOSED
El Azteca (1701 SE Delaware Avenue, Ankeny, (515) 964-5903) a locally-owned restaurant serves authentic Mexican and Tex-Mex food. But, let’s get down to business… the margaritas. El Azteca won’t disappoint, in fact, you’ll probably have a hard time picking from their long list of margarita options, which includes regular and Texas style up to 60 ounces. Must Try: Probably best known for their fajitas. They have the standard beef and chicken and also serve up chorizo, shrimp and del mar, a mixture of shrimp, scallops and lobster.
Mi Mexico (11407 Forest Avenue, Clive, (515) 222-6933) is a great choice for taking the kids out this Cinco de Mayo. Not only are their prices great – a family of four can easily dine for under $40 – but the menu is amazing as well. A bonus at this festive restaurant is that they serve bean dip in addition to the traditional chips and salsa. My son loves fried ice cream and it’s served in a large enough for sharing portion at Mi Mexico. Must Try: They are known for what I am dubbing the “Mommy Margarita”. They make their own yummy margaritas, which are served up in a drink shaker.
Tasty Tacos (multiple locations – http://www.tastytacos.com/) now with six locations in Des Moines will no doubt be a popular place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year. All six restaurants are extremely family-friendly, it’s inexpensive and the food is pretty swoon-worthy. This eatery has been voted “Best Local Mexican” and “Best Place for a $5 Lunch” in Des Moines by Cityview readers the last two years. Must Try: A taco, of course. You can choose their famous homemade “fluffy” flour shell or a crispy corn shell. Choose from a variety of meat and cheese fillings.
Tres Amigos (63 NE Carefree Lane, Waukee, (515) 987-0393) is a great place for families who want to get together with a big group of friends for Cinco de Mayo. This place is always swarming with families, the wait staff is patient and the food comes in a blink of an eye. Really, nobody will even notice that your two year old is screaming! When it comes to margaritas for mom and dad, they have the standards, which you can get on the rocks or blended up. Must Try: A little bit of everything…I usually order the chicken enchiladas.
How are you celebrating Cinco de Mayo with your kids this year? Share your plans with us in the comments section below!