10 Cinco de Mayo Fiestas at Home & in LA

Still unsure of what to do tonight or where to go to celebrate Cinco de Mayo outside, indoors or in the comfort of your own home?

Here are 10 suggestions for a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta tonight:

  1. Cutwater Tequila Margarita in a Can

If you can make a good margarita at home, go for it! Or go to the grocery store or Target and pick up a 4-pack of Cutwater Tequila Margarita. It’s the next best thing! It doesn’t have artificial sweeteners, an aftertaste or tastes to sugary. I love it’s floral aroma with a smooth finish. CUTWATER makes a house-made mix of tart lime juice, a pinch of pure cane sugar, and a hint of orange.

2. Cinco del Mayo party kit at Gracias Madre

Have your Cinco de Mayo celebration at home, the beach or nearby park with Gracias Madre’s new Cinco de Mayo party kit. Inside are four canned margaritas, guacamole, salsa and chips, deconstructed Jackfruit taco kit, esquites (corn off the cob), and a mini bottle of mezcal. The cost of this kit is $100 (a $240 value), and pre-orders are available today for this organic, plant-based fiesta. Go online. 8905 Melrose Ave., (323)978-2170.

3. Pink Taco celebrates Cinco de Mayo 

The May 5 fiesta is decorated for guests to enjoy Mexican food classics, tasty margaritas, and great music. Drink options include a Cadillac margarita, frozen mango margarita and shots of Casamigos or Patrón. Seating is available on the extended outdoor patios and in the cantina a lively dining experience. 8225 Sunset Blvd., (323)380-7474.

4. Socalo Cinco De Mayo

Celebrated chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken invite local Los Angelenos to celebrate Cinco de May by offering $5 tacos, $5 beers, and cocktail specials and Mexican wines ranging from $8 to $10 all day. This fiesta special is for dine-in only. The regular menu will also be available for dine-in, takeout and delivery. Lunch is available at the walk-in counter service. Dinner reservations are available for indoor and outdoor patio seating from 4 to 8 p.m. 1920 Santa Monica Blvd., (310)451-1655.

5. Tallula’s Cinco De Mayo Fiesta

Chef Brad Long is cooking up Cinco de Mayo specials that include  Linda’s classic taco platters made with grass-fed ground beef in hard shell tacos; poblano chile rellenos and seasonal ceviche. Drink specials include prickly pear margaritas, mini margarita flights and mezcal flights. For those staying at home, pick up the ‘Ultimate Party Pack’ for $185. It’s a heat and serve package that feeds 4 to 6 people and includes nachos; Linda’s classic taco kit, half dozen organic chicken enchiladas, family-size Caesar salad, organic rice pudding and a large bottle of margaritas. There are some à la carte options too, like chips, guacamole and salsa, large bottles of hibiscus margaritas or spicy mezcal margaritas. The deadline to pre-order is Monday, May 3 at 5:00 p.m. Curbside pickup available on May 5 from 12 to 4 p.m. There are limited to-go orders placed on Cinco De Mayo. Tallula’s is only accepting direct phone orders or online takeout/delivery through the Rustic Canyon Family app and ChowNow. E-mail events@tallulasrestaurant.com. Make a reservation to enjoy indoor and outdoor dining at Tallula’s from 4 to 10 p.m. 118 Entrada Drive, (310)526-0027. 

6. Cinco de Mayo at El Torito

El Torito’s founder, Larry Cano was a pioneer in delivering Mexican cuisine to Southern California. He always celebrates Cinco de Mayo by serving delicious Mexican food, and El Torito’s famous margaritas and imported bottled beer, along with live mariachi bands and DJs (where county guidelines permit). On May 5, El Torito is offering a build-your-own taco bar where guests are served by El Torito staff. The party starts at 3 p.m., and seating is available indoors and outdoors. Margarita and taco stations are set up for guests to order their preferred beverages and tacos conveniently. 13715 Fiji Way, (310)823-8941 and 3360 Ocean Park Blvd., (310)450-8665.

7. Nueva Cinco de Mayo

Celebrate on May 5, all day at Nueva with chefs Vartan Abgaryan and Mesraim Llanez, as they present their cantina menu with south-of-border cocktails and agaves. The fiesta begins at 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., with a variety of frozen margaritas including cilantro and nasturtium, and pineapple-infused Aperol. There is also a rotating selection of sparkling, rosé, white and red wines from Mexico, and non-alcoholic beverages. Select one of the many ceviches, including a seafood coctel or vegan ceviche. Nueva’s tacos include roasted heirloom carrot; falafel tacos; tempura sea bass; Mediterranean octopus; chicken tinga; and a pork belly chicharron taco. Salads include a smokey Caesar and a colorful street cart salad with mango, pineapple, jicama, cucumber, radish, and lime. Larger plates include yellow corn mole (vegan) with roast squash; wood-grilled branzino; Mary’s free range roasted half chicken; and a grilled 16oz bone-in prime rib eye with roasted vegetables. Neuva also offers a children’s menu. Sit out on two outdoor dining patios or inside the dining room. Takeout and curbside pick-up is available. Delivery is through Doordash. 822 Washington Blvd., (310)747-6050.

8. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at SOL Mexican Cocina

The Baja-inspired restaurant is offering an exclusive menu just for Cinco de Mayo that is available for dine-in only from 3 p.m. to close. Menu highlights include guacamole; chorizo and mushroom con queso; taco “vampiro” asada made with double tortilla stuffed with carne asada, melted cheese, serrano chiles, scallions, guacamole, pico de gallo, chipotle sauce, and topped with cotixa. Taco plates offer a choice of two sides, including black beans, red rice, quinoa salad, or spicy slaw. Enjoy with SOL’s specialty margaritas made with fresh citrus juice, along with bottled Mexican beer and tequila shots. To-go orders can be placed over the phone. Online ordering will not be available during the day. 12775 Millennium Dr #160, (424)289-0066.

9. Lanea Cocktail Bar Cinco de Mayo

On May 5, enjoy all-you-can-eat street tacos and two Cazadores cocktails for $20. Starting from 4 to 9:30 p.m., Lanea’s signature tacos include lamb wrapped in agave leaves and pit-roasted underground for 36 hours. There is also grilled steak and chicken; shrimp topped with mango, green and red peppers and avocado; a spinach and mushroom taco; and a vegan Beyond Meat taco. All tacos are handmade to order on 100% gluten-free corn tortillas and most are served with guacamole, cilantro, and onion. This special meal has a 60-minute table limit. For those who don’t select this special, sip an $11 margarita and a la carte taco starting at $2.50. 217 Broadway, (424)265-7437.

10. Crack open a “MACHETE” CERVEZA. Actor and humanitarian Danny Trejo now has a new distinctive black and gold Mexican style lager. Trejo’s Cerveza was only available in the Los Angeles area through retailers including Bevmo, Whole Foods, Ralphs and Total Wine. Now all over California and AZ, It’s bold, cool, and distinctive taste can be enjoyed at home to pair with mild to spicy food, and in a Michelada. Per Trejo and Burbank’s Lincoln Beer Company, the hops have been dialed back to make the beer smoother and less bitter than most Mexican style lagers. Lincoln Beer Company was established in 2016.  As an innovator and producer of fine ales and lagers, the brewery strives to match groundbreaking flavor with flawless execution.

“I’m excited to share the taste of Trejo’s Cerveza with Californians everywhere,” said the Trejo’s Tacos Founder. “We’ve been working on increasing our production capacity and it’s been enjoyed all over LA. But the time has come and we’re ready for so many more people to give it a try.”

Wine Warehouse carries it in 16 oz, 4 pack cans. It is also available in Arizona by Arizona Beer & Cider.

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