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From margarita happy hour and Mexican beer buckets to tequila-inspired fiestas and takeaway tacos, here’s how to start your Cinco de Mayo celebrations in Houston this year.
8th Wonder and Eatsie Boys, 2202 Dallas
8th Wonder serves Micheladas specialties at the Cinco de Mayo in combination with live performances by Bombón and DJ Gracie Chavez from 4pm to 9pm. The in-house food truck, Eatsie Boys, is also offering $ 1 off its fan-favorite Elote Fries Tag. The waffle fries are topped with butter corn, cotija cheese, hot sauce, mayonnaise, lime, spring onions, hot cheetos and fresh lime.
Cadillac Bar, 1802 Shepherd
The annual Cinco de Mayo festival takes place in the Cadillac Bar from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. with a delicious taco stand, live DJ entertainment, a mariachi band, buckets of beer and the exclusive Jefe Grande Margarita with Espolón Silver Tequila.
Head to this Tex-Mex cantina for margarita specials, $ 1 worth of tequila floaters, and all day happy hour at the Cinco de Mayo. For a limited time, Chuy’s also serves Frozen Blackberry ‘Ritas made from real blackberry puree and Camarena Silver Tequila. Those who want to celebrate at home can check out Chuy’s Family Meal Kits – from fajitas, enchiladas, tacos and nachos.
Georgia James, 1100 Westheimer
The steakhouse will host its first tequila dinner at the Cinco de Mayo with Penta Tequila and brand owner Steve Reynolds. Reynolds will speak about tequila with Underbelly Hospitality Director of Bars Westin Galleymore, while Chef Greg Peters will present a three-course alcoholic meal – aguachile, grilled prawns, Carnitas in Chile Verde and Georgia James Carne Asada. Dinner takes place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The cost is $ 180 per person. Reserve a table for two for $ 360 or a table for four for $ 720.
FM Kitchen & Bar, 1112 Shepherd
Cinco de Mayo specials include a “Two for $ 8” deal on Birria Tacos and “$ 6 Drink Specials” available throughout the day in the bar’s Mexico City Paloma (tequila, Mexican squirt and lime with tajin) as well as a host of margaritas including the classic margarita, the flavorful pineapple margarita, the frozen margarita and the frozen mango chamoy margarita.
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop
Baja-inspired dishes, including Baja tacos, burritos, and margaritas, can be served for food and take-away.
The general public, 797 Sorella
On Wednesday May 5th, guests can celebrate the Cinco de Mayo with the House of General Public Margarita and Premium Margarita. Those who come during the restaurant’s 3, 4, 5 happy hourly can enjoy deals where drinks are the price of the hour.
Feed your crew with taco trays and fajita feasts from Hungry’s.
Photo by Nousha Nowamooz
Hungry’s, 2356 Rice, 14714 Memorial
From Wednesday May 5 through Sunday May 9, Hungry’s offers Cinco de Mayo specialties including a family feast of beef and chicken fajitas ($ 55, food for four), taco tray ($ 45) of homemade Tortilla chips, salsa and queso, plus three each of chicken tinga, spicy beef and ahi tuna tacos, and special mango margarita (USD 10) from the menu, which are available for both food and take-away.
Monkey Tail, 5802 Fulton
At Cinco de Mayo, Monkey’s Tail is served al fresco to order tacos and burritos and has a cocktail stand inspired by the famous Cantaritos el Güero in Jalisco, just outside Tequila, Mexico. The Jalisco Cantarito is made according to the customer’s choice between El Tesoro Blanco or Hornitos Plata, freshly squeezed grapefruit, orange and lime, soda and garnished with a rim of Chamoy Tajin and a lime wheel, served in a clay cantarito, which the guest can follow Can take home. In addition to margaritas, Monkey’s Tail offers $ 5 worth of pepino and Mexican candy shots, $ 4 worth of Mexican beers, and other cocktails including ranch water, mezcal paloma, mango bourbon cocktail, and more. Mariachi will play from 7pm to 10pm and the bar-restaurant will be decorated with Papel Picado from May 3rd to 10th.
The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation and Uptown, 2704 Navigation, 1700 Post Oak
Both Ninfa locations sell margaritas and pork tacos valued at $ 10, with specialty margaritas such as cucumbermint, spicy jalapeño, and watermelon. Chef Alex Padilla roasts pigs that are ready by 3pm
Pinstripe, 3300 Kirby
The upscale dining and bocce / bowling destination has its Margarita Italiano for $ 5 (regularly $ 12) all day on Cindo de Mayo. The margarita specialty consists of Don Julio Silver Tequila, limoncello with house mix, sour mix, a dash of pomegranate and lime garnish.
Pondicheri, 2800 Kirby
The chic Indian street food café offers Mexican-inspired drinks and food all day. Margarita options include Roserita, Mango, Spicy, and Strawberry. Guests can also enjoy Cinco de Mayo specialties such as the Cactus Curry (nopales, tomato masala, seasonal vegetables), Desi Queso & Naan Chips (toasted naan chips, salsa, chutney, homemade queso, avocado masala) and rose milk Cake, a riff, enjoy on Tres Leches with aromas of rose, cardamom and fresh cream.
The Rustic, 1836 Polk, 1121 Uptown Park
Head to the venue and kitchen for live music, and party all day with Joe Leo tacos, margaritas, and free live music.
The Studewood Cantine, 1111 Studewood
Heights Tex-Mex place celebrates the day with a variety of options including a rooftop fiesta ($ 100 per person) from 4pm to 9pm with unlimited fajita stations with server staff, five drink menus, and live music. a street party from 4pm to 9pm (à la carte) with elote street corn, tamales, beer and margaritas, unicorn snow cones and entertainment; and a Cinco de Mayo menu ($ 45) from 11am to 9pm of mixed fajitas, Mexican beers, and margaritas, available in the dining room, on the patio, or for roadside pickup. Show proof of rideshare and receive a free margarita.
Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen, 6401 Woodway
On Tuesday, May 4th, Sylvias Enchilada kitchen owner / cook Sylvia Casares starts the celebration early with a six-course French Cinco de Mayo wine dinner with six Liberation de Paris wines. Highlights include a range of Sylvia’s signature dishes such as quail with a mesquite grill and chocolate tres leches cake, as well as new creations such as delicate chicken and carnitas enchiladas with mole sauce. Dinner is at 6:30 pm in Sylvia’s enchilada kitchen at 6401 Woodway and costs $ 75 per person plus tax and tip. Reservations are required. Call 713-334-7295.
Tacodeli, 1902 Washington
Tacodeli offers family take-away packages ($ 40) with fundido sirloin, fundido chicken, or fundido shrimp of your choice, plus organic black beans (whole or chilled), rice, ten tortillas (flour, corn, or whole wheat), tortilla chips, and a selection of two salsas. Order online at order.tacodeli.com.
In addition to its regular menu, Torchy recently launched take-away margaritas, 32-ounce bottles that are used to make four large margaritas with freshly squeezed limes, homemade sweet and sour, and 100 percent agave tequila. and Torchy’s famous Green Chile Queso and Diablo Sauce are available at approximately 40 Whole Foods locations in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.
Tree Beards, 9655 Katy Freeway
The Treebeards Bunker Hill location offers Cinco de Mayo all day margaritas worth $ 5. Additional offers are offered during happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. B. Blackberry Ginger Margaritas valued at $ 2 and Treebeard’s Signature Crab and Shrimp Queso valued at $ 1.
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Brooke Viggiano is a contributing writer dedicated to sharing Houston’s coolest, tastiest events with the Houston Press readers.