When you think of Syracuse, New York, tacos probably aren’t the first thing that come to mind, but if you’re looking for the perfect bite and a place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Syracuse, New York, bet on XO TACO on E. Fayette St. You won’t regret it!
Stay for a while, but if you can’t, takeout, curbside pickup and delivery are available. The restaurant is a complete vibe and makes for an instagrammable moment with its lippy green wall, funky hanging lights and gold cap grillz — say cheese! The aesthetics paired with a fire playlist, will make you want to stay well beyond your welcome.
Cinco de mayo food
The ambiance draws you in and then the menu takes you on a wild ride through taco town. It brags a variety of options ranging from dairy, gluten free, vegetarian and vegan. Fire emojis placed on the menu indicate which options are muy caliente! No taco lover is left behind and if you want even more spice on yours, XO has three different hot sauces, made in-house, that you can try! Some of my favorite menu items are the hot chix, lobster, oaxacan beef and crispy fish tacos. I’m also a sucker for the XO street corn, which is covered in Flamin’ Hot Cheetos dust, queso fresco, chipotle crema, cilantro and lime. I’m not drooling, you are.
Pro tip: Start with an order of warm tortilla chips and guac or queso for the table. It’s some of the best guac and queso I’ve ever had.
Cinco de mayo drinks
Celebrating Cinco de Mayo in Syracuse, New York (or really anywhere) wouldn’t be the same without a cocktail (or four) and the ones at XO Taco come strong and delicious. On Cinco de Mayo, my drink recommendation is the Volcàn De Mi Tierra house margarita pouches, which hold the equivalent of three XO Taco margs in a pouch. They’re available ONLY on cinco de drinko, so don’t miss out! Any other day, I’d recommend the frozen margs / Frosè — especially on a Friday when they’re just $5.
Pro Tip: Visit XO Taco with a group that doesn’t mind sharing and splitting the tab. The food is served family style and most people order a bunch of different tacos and share with one another. It’s more fun that way!
do it for the gram
As you wait for your food (and before the food bellies start to make an appearance), get up and take some pics around the restaurant. Here’s some inspo and key spots you can strike a pose by.
Take advantage of their weekly specials.
Taco Tuesday: $1 off of tacos and 1/2 off single margaritas the entire day
Hump-Day: $8 Howlito Burritos (instead of $12) and 1/2 off wine the entire day
Thirsty Thursday: 1/2 off beer all day
Friday: $5 Frozen Margs/ Frosè and $4 fish tacos all day
Once your food and drinks arrive, you’ll dig in and never look back. Are you more about the food or the drinks when it comes to deciding on where to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Comment below! Be sure to also hit play on the video below, to make this taco bar experience come to life. If you liked this post, you’ll also enjoy this one on the best Birria tacos in New York City that you HAVE to try!
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