Finally, Cinco de Mayo falls on a Saturday! That means you have no excuse not to get your fiesta on. Here are some of L.A.’s tastiest happenings and specials. Olé!
Border Grill Restaurant
Cinco de Mayo will be renamed Cuatro, Cinco y Seis de Mayo if Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger have anything to do with it. Their three-day fiesta is set to include Corrido margarita specials, happy hour and late-night happy hour. Both happy hour menus cover margaritas, mojitos, sangrias, beer, and wine priced at $4.50, as well as “cantina bites” like tacos and ceviche shots for $3. You can also kick off the fiery weekend by enjoying Chef Monique King’s Spicy Chile Dinner at the downtown location, featuring chiles and tequila, for $55.
When: May 4-6
Where: Border Grill locations in Santa Monica and Downtown
Continue the Cinco fiesta on Sunday, May 6, for a Seis de Mayo brunch of huevos rancheros, chilaquiles, and Bloody Marias.
When: Sunday, May 6, starting at 11:30 a.m.
The Churchill and the Hudson
Wash down chorizo quesadillas, chicken flautas, and short rib nachos with a mango/chili, pineapple, or honeydew melon/chili-infused margarita.
When: May 5
Get free chips and guac with a Sun Kissed Margarita, and for dinner try spicy pork or seared tuna tacos.
When: Saturday, May 5, all day
Vanilla is not an option this Cinco de Mayo with ice cream flavors like tequila, chocolate churro, and spicy watermelon sorbet.
When: May 5
Where: Farmshop, 800 Degrees, and the Oaks Gourmet
Who knew Cinco de Mayo could be kid friendly? This traditional celebration features mariachis, folklorico dancers, piñatas and other activities for youngsters.
When: May 5-6, Saturday 12 p.m. - 7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: Olvera Street pedestrian zone at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument
845 N. Alameda Street, Los Angeles
This Saturday marks the opening of the newest Pink Taco on the Sunset Strip, so we expect nothing less than a mariachi band. Both locations will celebrate with drink specials, DJs, and giveaways. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online (or at the door at the Sunset location).
When: Saturday, May 5, 11:30 am-2 am
If we can’t get to Mexico, this just might be the next best thing: satisfy your Mexican street food craving at Red O’s Street Food Social Hour with ceviche, pork belly sopes, corn and goat cheese tamales, and duck taquitos.
When: Saturday, May 5, 3-6 p.m.
Live music, pitchers of margaritas on the rocks, and a special Cinco menu featuring pollo yucateco: spiced chicken, plantains, sweet peppers, salsa, and crema. Que delicioso!
When: May 5
Looking to celebrate a veteran holiday with a modern twist? Or maybe you’re trying to make this year a little more classy than last? Good thing the newly opened Tortilla Republic in West Hollywood will be hosting an all-day, stylish celebration in honor of the fifth of May. From 12 to 5 p.m., the restaurant will throw a Mexican fiesta complete with three bars, specially priced Coronas and margaritas, small plates and a DJ. At night, dinner will feature optional tequila pairings to complement the dinner menu and live ambient music. Reservations not available, seating is first-come first-serve.
When: May 5, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.