Cinco de Mayo, the celebration of a historic battle during the Franco-Mexican War, has evolved over the past few decades into a holiday celebrated by people of all cultures (much like, perhaps, March 17th celebrations intended to honor the death of Ireland’s patron saint), frequently in Mexican restaurants and bars. In fact, some local restaurants say May 5 is usually one of their busiest days of the year.
But not this year, as May 5 will still put the Bay Area 26 days from the end of its current shelter-in-place order, which was first enacted on March 16 to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. (COVID-19). However, just because the dining room at your favorite Mexican spot is dark doesn’t mean the holidays are out of reach – it just means that, as with every other aspect of pandemic life, they should be celebrated at the home, take away or delivery. . Here’s a guide to specials at some of the Bay Area’s biggest Cinco de Mayo destinations…and this year you won’t even need to take an Uber to get home safely when you’re done. the celebration.
Celia by the beach was closed by the pandemic, but they are reopening on May 5 to serve take-out margaritas in one of their windows. The hours are from noon to 9:00 p.m.
El Techo de Lolinda temporarily closed its rooftop for the pandemic and recently launched takeout from Barvale (661 Divisional). At Cinco de Mayo, get caviar delivery for $5 off with code E3HKEW.
Flores has an $80 Cinco de Mayo family pack that serves four people and includes guac, ensalada verde, carnitas plato, fried plantains, and a pitcher of margs. It is only available for take-out and can be ordered by calling 415-796-2926. Caviar delivery from the rest of their menu is $5 with code T0PYFG, and if you stop by and buy a gift card of $75 or more, they’ll throw in two free margaritas on Tuesday.
The little chihuahua is launching taco kits on May 4 and 5 from its three locations, an offer that for $40 feeds two with all the taco fixings you can imagine, guacamole and fries, rice and beans, salad and cookies.
Mastro’s Steakhouse, the glitzy chain’s Union Square location, says that on May 5 only, it’s offering a meal plan for two that includes 16 ounces of marinated steak, six flour tortillas, Mastro’s avocado salsa, onions pickles, Tajin mayonnaise and Cotija cheese. It’s $45. Call 415-363-9539 or order online for delivery here.
PerbaccoToby Nah, Yucatan-born Executive Sous Chef, and BarbaccoMexico City-born chef Jesus Escobar has created a taco kit that includes carne asada, carnitas, and mole chicken, with rice, beans, guacamole, three types of salsa, tortillas, tortilla chips, and corn on the cob. They also sell margaritas by the pint ($15) or by the pint ($30). Call 415-955-0663 before the end of the day on May 4 to pre-order for pickup on May 5.
the Sunset Reservoir Brewery offers a liter of margaritas for $44, and since they say there are 10 margaritas in a liter (which, how isn’t that an SAT question?), that works out to $4 per drink. Call 415-571-8452 to order; delivery is via GrubHub and Postmates.