Cinco de Mayo doesn't mean what you think it does. It isn't about Mexico's independence; it's a celebration of an unexpected victory against the French in the Franco-Mexican War in 1862.

It also means impenetrable crowds at every Mexican restaurant in town. Waits upwards of an hour. Skip the watered down margaritas and cold enchiladas, and do the celebratory feast at your place. Food52 brings you everything you need for a fiesta that rivals the best Mexican spot in town. And the best part? Sombreros are optional.

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