CALIFORNIA — Cinco de Mayo celebrations likely will be different this year, given shelter-in-place orders throughout California. But that doesn't mean you can't break out the margarita glasses and throw a fiesta at home.
Restaurants up and down the Golden State are getting creative with such offerings as DIY dinner kits and easy to-go menu options for pick up and delivery, some with adult beverages included.
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ACAPULCO: You choose: DIY taco or fajita dinner kits. Sombreros included, while supplies last. A $50 Fiesta Taco Kit includes a pitcher or margaritas, plus a choice of two: ground beef, shredded beef or chicken, along with tortillas, rice, refried or charro beans, cheese, chips and salsa, plus other taco toppings. The Fiesta Fajita Kit, with margaritas is $60, and offers a choice of chicken or steak, plus grilled veggies, tortillas, guacamole, rice, beans, chips, salsa and a sweet corn cake. Upgrade your margs to Cadillac edition for another $5. Find restaurant locations here. See menu details here.
AZULE TAQUERIA: Bring your beer growler and have it filled straight from the tap on SocialEats draft beer wall for $.20/oz. And then don't forget it's Cinco de Mayo, and add in $25 taco boxes, filled with 10 tacos of choice, $40 build-your-own taco kits with 24 tortillas and toppings, and $30 burrito boxes stuffed with four burritos. Orders can be placed for pick-up and delivery at ORDERSOCIALEATS.com or free, local no-contact delivery in Santa Monica. Azule is at 1315 3rd St. in Santa Monica. Details here.
BLAZE PIZZA: If you don't care for Mexican food, how about pizza? On Cinco de Mayo, the pizza chain will offer "5X flames" (reward points) to Blaze Rewards members. It’s one flame for each dollar spent, and flames kick in at 30 for a free dessert or drink, with a free pizza unlocked at 120 flames. Blaze also is offering free delivery on all orders $15 or more through the website and app.
CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN: Get your party started with CPK's Specialty Taco Kit and pitcher of agave lime margaritas made with Milagro Silver Tequila. The limited-time package serves four and includes cilantro, limes, tomatoes, serrano peppers, onion, vegetarian black beans, cheese, tortillas and a choice of flap steak, mahi/ono or chicken. Cost ranges from $15 - $24 depending on meat selection. A pitcher of margs is $35, or $32 when purchased with the Taco Kit. See details and other meal-kit options here.
CHEVYS FRESH MEX: Order family-sized fajita or taco kits to go — margaritas included — from Chevys. The Fiesta Taco Kit and a pitcher of margaritas is $50, and includes: build-your-own tacos with choice of two: chicken, beef or carnitas, plus flour or corn tortillas; rice; choice of beans a la charra, refried or black, Cotija cheese, lettuce, pico de gallo, chipotle aioli, chips and salsa and sweet corn tamalito. The Fiesta Fajita Kit with a pitcher of margaritas is $60. Included: build-your-own fajitas with choice of: chicken, carnitas or steak. Kit includes: tortillas; grilled veggies; guacamole; rice; beans; chips and salsa; and sweet corn tamalito. Upgrade to a pitcher of Cadillac margaritas for an additional $5. See details here. Find locations near you here.
CHRONIC TACOS: Enjoy a Family Taco Kit (at participating locations) that feeds four and features tortillas, choice of two proteins (steak, chicken, carnitas or al pastor), choice of rice and beans, cheese, chips, pico de gallo and salsas. All for $35. See details. Find you nearest locale here.
DEL TACO: On May 5, it's "Taco Night All Day Long" with Taco Night deals, like three Value Tacos for $1.49, available via take-out, drive-thru or delivery. Get free delivery on Postmates with a special code, which will be shared on Del Taco’s social media pages on Cinco de Mayo. Or take $3 off $15 or more delivery orders on Postmates, with no code necessary. Location finder here.
DOG HAUS: If fiery spice is what you crave, check out the OG Cholula Burger available at Dog Haus locales in a collaboration with Cholula Hot Sauce as a No Kid Hungry fundraiser. Not typical Mexican fare, true, but the burger packs heat with an angus beef patty, white American cheese, Cholula brown sugar bacon, Cholula onion jam, fried egg and Cholula mayo — all served on grilled King’s Hawaiian rolls. Details here. Find locations here.
EL TORITO: Available for takeout or free delivery are Family Fiesta Meals ($30-$40, serving four to six), featuring build-your-own tacos, carnitas or fajitas, and including rice, refried beans or frijoles de la olla, plus chips & salsa. And don't forget the margs: Pitchers, at $25, serve four and come in such varieties as house, mango and Cadillac pomegranate. To view the full El Torito menu, follow this link. Find locales here. P.S. Sombreros available while supplies last.
MIGUEL'S JR: The chain's legendary Bean & Cheese and Bean, Rice & Cheese burritos are just $1.99 on Cinco de Mayo. Ole! See details. There are 20 locations in SoCal. Find your closest one here. Order for curbside pickup, drive-thru, or delivery.
MIGUEL'S RESTAURANTS: The celebration of founder Mary Vasquez's family recipes starts on Cinco de Mayo with an $11 Burrito and Margarita Combo and a la carte burritos for $8 at Miguel’s California Mexican Cocina. Details here. Restaurant site is here.
PETITE TAQUERIA: The West Hollywood restaurant is featuring an $89 deal that feeds four. The Cinco De Mayo Package includes tortilla chips, guacamole, pico de gallo, salad with creamy avocado dressing, refried beans and Spanish rice. Then build your own tacos with tortillas, 1 pound each of chicken tinga and carne asada, and finish off the meal with Tres Leches Cake. Details here on ordering for pick up.
QDOBA: Keep Cinco de Mayo dinner-prep easy with a Family Meal or Burrito Meal. A Grilled Chicken Family Meal is $34.95 and serves four to five, with grilled adobo chicken, beans and rice, the eatery's signature three-cheese queso, pico de gallo, salsa, cheese, tortillas and a large bag of chips. A Grilled Steak Family Meal is similar, but with grilled steak, priced at $39.95, and offers all the fixings to make tacos or bowls. Chicken, fajita veggie, plant-based or steak Burrito Meal Deals are $9.95. Visit the website here. Find locales here. Order on qdoba.com or the qdoba app.
RUBIO'S: Enjoy the newly launched, heat-and-serve Family Enchilada Meal for $29 — a Cinco de Mayo feast that includes 10 enchiladas with choice of chicken, steak, shrimp, cheese or Norway Lobster smothered with verde enchilada sauce and topped with Rubio’s signature white sauce and salsa fresca. Also included: rice; beans; and chips with salsa and guacamole. DIY Taco Kits and Burrito Boxes also available. Rubio’s locations across California are open for take-out, no-contact curbside pick-up and free delivery with a minimum order of $15 through the Rubio's app or here.
SLAB BARBECUE: SLAB is featuring an $89 "Build-Your-Own Taco Kit" that feed four, and includes: 1 pound chopped brisket; 1 pound pulled pork; pineapple salsa; roasted tomato salsa; 12 Burritos Las Palmas Tortillas; Spanish rice; beans; onions and cilantro mix; and pickled red onions. A growler of Bud is $40. The restaurant is at 8136 W. 3rd St. in Los Angeles. See website here.
TACO BELL: The chain has added for a new, limited-time "At Home Taco Bar," available via delivery and contactless drive-thrus. Made to feed a party of six for approximately $25 (price varies by location), the taco bar includes flour tortillas, taco shells, nacho chips, seasoned beef, lettuce, nacho cheese sauce and hot sauce packets. More info here.
TALLULA'S: The Santa Monica restaurant is offering a special menu that can be pre-ordered for Cinco de Mayo. A $25 Virtual Happy Hour Pack includes two margaritas, guacamole and chips & salsa. And a four-person Party Pack for $160 includes a bottle of margaritas (eight cocktails), Little Gem Caesar Salad, nachos, a half-dozen chicken enchiladas, plus pints of rice & pinto beans and churros. Check out the menu here.
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