If you’re in the mood for a festive meal out, or want to create a fiesta at home, there’s no need to go south of the border to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Kent is home to several restaurants serving up authentic Mexican fare. Here are five for the occasion:
Taquiera El Rinconsito (301 Central Ave. N.)
From modest beginnings in Kent to a statewide phenomenon, Taquiera El Rinconsito serves it up fast and fresh. A full menu is available, but tacos with grilled onion and fried jalapeño pepper are kind of their thing. Late-night hours make it a good choice if your celebration extends into Cinco de Seis. Primarily for the takeout crowd.
Asadero Sinaloa (24602 36th Ave. S.)
Two words—Carne. Asada. This Mexican steakhouse offers homemade tortillas, fire-roasted and stone-ground salsas and, at the center of it all, prime Sonoran beef. Rave reviews for the vampiro and toreado options. Pickled onions top off the whole experience.
Circo Circo Mexican Restaurant (25440 Pacific Hwy. S.)
House-made red and green salsa served with warm chips welcome you to this friendly, family-owned favorite. Circo Circo offers an array of traditional Mexican dishes, along with some delicious lighter options.
Agave Cocina and Cantina (504 Ramsay Way)
This local favorite in the heart of Kent Station serves creative and contemporary dishes made with sustainable, free-range, hormone-free chicken, pork and beef. Did you say tequila? Agave offers more than 100 for sipping or mixing in one of their signature margaritas.
Aguacateros Restaurant and Taqueria (24020 104th Ave. S.E.)
This casual East Hill favorite is authentic, fast and friendly. Extra raves for the salsa bar, green sauce and flavor-packed burritos. Be warned…the portions are grande. Dine in or drive through.