Where to dine on tacos, tortas and more
Cinco de Mayo falls on a weekend this year, meaning you have multiple days to celebrate the holiday. From taquerias to taco trucks to diners, here are five places to enjoy some authentic Mexican dishes on and in the days leading to Sunday, May 5.
525 Lazelle Rd., Westerville
The family behind Tula Taqueria draws on its heritage from Union de Tula, Jalisco, Mexico. The brightly lit strip-mall spot features an impressive menu spanning street tacos, tortas, burritos, sopes, tostadas and more. Guests can choose to fill their dishes with chorizo, chicken tinga, lengua or shrimp, but the house specialties are barbacoa, carnitas and adobada. Top off your meal with horchata or aqua de Jamaica. tulataqueria.com
207 E. Eleventh Ave., Campus
La Popular has moved several times, most recently landing at the Marathon gas station at Summit Street and East Eleventh Avenue near campus. From the tiny red trailer parked next to the main building, the eatery serves a crave-worthy menu of tacos, quesadillas and migadas, with unique protein selections like tripe and cabeza (beef head meat).
1500 E. Long St., East Side
One of the city's most enduring (and endearing) taco trucks, Los Potosinos is operated by Lidia Labra and her family, who offer a warm welcome to visitors. The truck serves a variety of tacos, burritos and tortas, but the real draw are the dinner plates made with smoked pork chops, fried tilapia, beef ribs and the signature pollo al carbon — perfectly seasoned and grilled chicken. Bonus: Los Potosinos also operates a smaller trailer outside the Oracle in Olde Towne East Thursday through Saturday nights. los-potosinos.com
4640 Cleveland Ave., Northeast Side
Jalisco is another one of the longer-running and much-loved taco trucks in the city. The family-run operation serves up a collection of tacos, tortas, tostadas, quesadillas, mulitas and other dishes filled with steak, chicken, carnitas, lengua and chorizo.
3 Brothers Diner
3090 Southwest Blvd., Grove City
The three brothers behind Grove City's 3 Brothers Diner originally hail from Oaxaca, Mexico. The menu leans into Tex-Mex fusion: huevos rancheros, enchiladas, jambalaya, Cuban sandwiches and the like. The diner is getting a jump on the festivities with a Cinco de Mayo Eve party on Saturday, May 4, offering happy hour specials, beer and mixed drinks, plus free endless chips, salsa and queso. The action kicks off at 3 p.m. threebrothersdinergc.com