Celebrating Cinco de Mayo in Clinton County, IL

May 5th is the day Mexico claimed victory in the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. We know it as Cinco de Mayo, a day to celebrate Mexican culture and heritage. And in the true spirit of the times, we do that with food and drink!

Cinco de Mayo is a great excuse to head out to a Mexican restaurant in Clinton County. Where to go? Here’s a list of possibilities.

Mexico on Main. Grab a booth at this Trenton spot, order up a giant Margarita, and enjoy the complimentary warm chips and salsa. Consistently good dishes, such as popular chicken chimichangas.
10 South Main Street, Trenton, IL
618-224-6086
11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Margaritas Mexican Restaurant & Cantina. The extensive menu here has something delicious for every taste and all the great standards, such as enchiladas and fajitas.
7551 State Route 160, New Baden
618-588-3040
Monday – Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

El Arado. Tasty margaritas, fresh guacamole, and a friendly staff keep diners happily coming back. It has a large and varied menu, including shrimp dishes and make-your-own combos.
50 N. 4th Street, Breese
618-526-0222
Sunday – Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Friday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Sergio’s Mexican Bar & Grill. Hungry for tacos? This place has some of the best in the area. If you like breakfast all day long, try the huevos rancheros.
1330 W. McCord Street, Centralia
618-533-5801
Sunday – Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p. m.

El Indio. Chunky guacamole and a cheesy-beefy Indio Dip are satisfying starters. A specialty is Tacos al Pastor—loaded-up soft tortillas with a side of salsa verde.
7551 Route 160, New Baden
618-588-5318
Monday – Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 9;00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Tequilla Mexican Restaurant. Strawberry margaritas come in sugar-dipped glasses at this casual Centralia spot, which offers a menu of Mexican favorites to go with them.
1053 W. Broadway, Centralia
618-533-2270
Daily, 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

¡Buen apetito!

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