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.

Avocado. Margarita. Cinco de Mayo

Everyday is a Cinco de Mayo celebration when you sip a margarita and nibble on tortilla chips and guacamole. I learned from registered dietitian Erin Palinski-Wade working with the Hass Avocado Board some fun facts about avocados. Here’s what I learned –

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Avocado is a fruit that contributes nearly 20 vitamins and minerals, making it a healthy nutrient-rich food choice. It’s filled with dietary “good fat” that the body needs to help with absorption of nutrients.

Unlike most varieties of fruit, healthy avocados do not contain sugar; they have the least amount of sugar per serving than any other fresh fruit. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, eating vegetables and fruits can help reduce the risk of many chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes, and may be protective against certain types of cancers. Avocados help in weight loss and maintenance due to its fiber. Eating avocados offers the feeling of fullness with fewer calories. Loma Linda University discovered that eating half an avocado may contribute to feelings of satiety and reduce the desire to eat between meals.

Chefs are aware of the nutritional benefits of avocado and have created avocado toast as a favorite lunch and brunch dish. Fresh healthy avocado in sandwiches or spread on toast may help reduce intake of calories, fat, saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol.

Here’s a roundup of restaurants in Los Angeles that will have the healthy avocado in their Cinco de Mayo specials and throughout the year:

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Casa Vega

Casa Vega Seis de Mayo Special
The time-honored 61-year-old Mexican restaurant, Casa Vega invites guests to ease into the day after Cinco de Mayo with a one-day-only “Seis de Mayo” special. Available only on Saturday, May 6, guests who order the signature breakfast burrito made with eggs, refried beans, Spanish rice, guacamole, sour cream, and Monterey Jack cheese, receive a choice of the Rehab Margarita or Michelada for $19.99. The Rehab Margarita rejuvenating ingredients includes electrolyte-replenishing coconut water, alongside pineapple and lime juice, and agave. The restaurant’s new Michelada is made with Modelo Especial, pressed cucumber juice, and housemade spice blend. This special is from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. 13301 Ventura Blvd. (818)788-4868.

Loews Hollywood Hotel’s  offers some great specials at H2 Kitchen & Bar until  May 6. Ancho Chicken Taquitos – Blue Corn, Guacamole, Chipotle Crema $10; Creamed Street Corn – Green Chiles, Cotija $8; Avocado Toast – Guacamole, Smoked Salmon, Bagel Vinaigrette $10; Braised Pork Shank – Artichoke, Black Bean Sauce, Tomato Quinoa, Pickled Onion $20; Crispy Kale Cakes – Green Chile, Potato, Roasted Tomato Salsita $12; Morado Cadillac Mary – Loews Patron Reposado, Grand Marnier, Lime, Chambord $13. 1755 Highland Ave. (323)856-1200.

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Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel’s specials at BarBelle
Enjoy Michelada Marinated Skirt Steak Tacos – Pickled Fresno Chilis, Lime Crema, Cilantro $15; Warm Churros – Delce de Leche, Mexican Chocolate $9; Casamigos Tequila Flight Tasting or a Bucket of 5 Coronas for $28. 1700 Ocean Ave. (310)458-6700.

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The Mixing Room at JW Marriott

Cinco de Mayo Taco Night
The Mixing Room at JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE celebrates May 5 with $4 tacos all night. Options include a Lechon taco made with the tender meat and crispy skin from a whole roasted pig. Put a dollop of guacamole or slice of avocado. They will also prepare a shrimp taco with roasted poblano, onion, lime, and black garlic. All are served with a selection of house-made salsas. Drinks include a Mexican Mule, a tequila sunrise mimosa, and a selection of beers. Sip one while listening to the sounds of live music from an acoustic band starting at 4 p.m. After 8 p.m., a DJ spins lively tunes until 1 a.m. 900 W. Olympic Blvd. (213)216-3390.

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Manuela

Cinco de Mayo and Derby Day at Manuela – On May 5 come celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Manuela in the courtyard of Hauser & Firth from 4 to 9 p.m. Come in dressed to impress to enjoy a variety of tacos and two margaritas, plus a live mariachi band for $35 per person. The next day, come back in starting at 1 to 4 p.m. on May 6 to enjoy mint juleps, daiquiris, wine, beer and passed food while watching the horse races. Ticket cost is $55 per person and includes food prepared by chef Wes Whitsell, one welcome punch and one mint julep. Prizes are given to those who select the winning horses. 907 E. 3rd St. (323)849-0480.

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The Wallace

Fiesta at The Wallace
In Culver City for Cinco de Mayo, The Wallace has put together a fun “Fiesta AF” menu available all night only at the bar on May 5. Choose from five different bebidas at $9 each including Tommy’s Margarita made with tequila, lime, and agave; a mezcal margarita; Paloma made with tequila, lime, and grapefruit soda; Bloody Maria and Michelada. All pair nicely with guacamole. There are four different cervezas at $5 and comidas range in price from $5 to $17.  3833 Main St. (310)202-6400.

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Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern

Cinco de Mayo at Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern
Celebrate early on May 4 and May 5 with a special selection of taco plates and margaritas. The bar is making four unique top shelf margaritas that include Sofia’s Skinny margarita. In the kitchen the chefs are making five different taco plates that include a choice of fish, lobster, spiced shrimp, blackened fish or carne aside tacos with Borracho black beans and red rice. They also are preparing sirloin and black bean chili nachos. On Cinco De Mayo, all locations will offer margaritas at half price. 1733 Ocean Ave. (424)292-5222.

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Gracias Madre

Gracias Madre Cinco de Mayo
All day and night Gracias Madre will serve Cazuela Cocktail for Two made with El Charo Blanco, Mandrine, Lime, Lemon, Yuzu Bitters, and Grapefruit for $20. It pairs nicely with Pinches Nachos Gordos that are loaded nachos with house made chips, black beans, bbq Jackfruit, pineapple salsa, pico de gallo, guacamole, nacho cheese, chorizo, coconut Bacon and cilantro. Listen to the sounds of Trio Los Brillantes starting at 4 p.m. The restaurant offers their regular Happy hour $6 specials from 3 to 6 p.m. 8905 Melrose Ave. (323)978-2170.

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Shade Hotel Cinco de Mayo – On Friday, May 5, starting at 3 p.m., the Sea Level restaurant is offering Mexican delicacies that include white fish ceviche with leche de tigre, aji Amarillo chili, fresh cilantro and plantain chips, and fresh roasted guajillo salsa. There will also be tequila flights and top-notch margarita specials all night long at the new waterfront Shade Hotel’s restaurant in Redondo Beach. 655 N. Harbor Drive (310)921-8950.

Fleming’s $100 Cinco de Mayo Margarita
Celebrate on May 4 through May 6 at Fleming’s while sipping a one-of-a-kind $100 margarita served in a beautiful Baccarat’s designed Diamant Highball. Guests are welcome to take home this beautiful glass in its iconic red box. The margarita is made with Tequila Herradura, an ultra-premium 100% percent agave tequila, that has been aged for 49 months. Tequila Herradura’s Selección Suprema is an international award-winning tequila providing a complex balance of the finest cooked agave, married with notes of rich vanilla and dried fruit. This tequila with Grand Marnier Centenaries makes a smooth cocktail pairing with one of Fleming’s signature dishes and guacamole. 2301 Rosecrans Ave., El Segundo (310)643-6911 and 800 W. Olympic Blvd. (213)745-9911.

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Cinco De Mayo Fiesta at Descanso Gardens offers homemade guacamole for their Mexican buffet dinner with a live mariachi performance and dancer Floreo Charro on May 5 at 6 p.m. A selection of dishes include a taco station served with corn and flour tortillas and chopped marinated grilled skirt steak and grilled chicken. There are drunken slow cooked pinto beans with brown sugar, beer and chili; Spanish rice; cheese enchiladas; homemade chicken tamales. Guests can indulge in tri-colored chips to dip in fresh pico de gallo,guacamole, fresh red and green salsas. Finish with churros and caramel flan. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada (818)949-4200.

Parts of this article are featured in The Beverly Press and Park LaBrea News on May 4. 2017

Dia de los Muertos Events around Los Angeles

Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, and in places such as the city of Los Angeles by people of Mexican ancestry. Acknowledged internationally by many other cultures, this multi-day holiday focuses on food, family and friends who pray for and remember loved ones who have died, in hopes that their prayers help support their spiritual journey.

Here are 8 of the Best Ways to Celebrate Día de Muertos in Los Angeles:

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Photo by San Pedro Historic Waterfront Business Improvement District)

San Pedro Dia de los Muertos Festival

This Sunday, October 30, The San Pedro Property Owners’ Alliance, a non-profit organization, presents The 5th Annual San Pedro Dia de los Muertos Festival. This free, family oriented event will feature live entertainment, beer garden, delicious foods, crafts for kids, altar contest exhibition. San Pedro is expecting 10,000 guests to attend the festive event with a live performance by the Grammy Award-winning group, Mariachi Divas, an all-female mariachi band based in Los Angeles.

Come dressed in Dia del los Muertos to enjoy freshly prepared Latin American bites and artisan crafts from over 35 vendors., Get your face painted, shop for handmade jewelry, clothing and other specialty items.  At the free arts and crafts activity center, children can create a Dia de Los Muertos souvenir.pasted-image-0-2

See the uniquely designed altars at the Altars Competition and Exhibition. Festival information parking map can be found at: http://www.SanPedroDayofTheDead.com.  San Pedro Dia De Los Muertos. https://www.facebook.com/ DowntownSanPedro/events
398 West 6th Street. San Pedro, CA – 3 to 9 p.m. FREE ADMISSION.

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Photo provided by Antonio’s on Melrose

Antonio’s on Melrose Celebrates the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Nowthrough Wednesday, Nov. 2, offering special dishes, breads and treats in observance of the holiday, which originated in Mexico.Dia de los Muertos honors loved ones who have passed away, and the holiday is traditionally celebrated with dishes such as chicken or enchiladas with molé sauce, and chicken pipian. The festive holiday is marked by colorful decorations, flowers and costumes, as well as skeletons and skulls, said Irma Rodriguez, whose father Antonio Gutierrez founded Antonio’s on Melrose in 1970.Dia de los Muertos has started early at Antonio’s on Melrose with an altar created by Rodriguez, photo above. “The celebration is a remembrance, with great meals and memories and music,” Rodriguez said. “It’s a time of happiness; a big celebration.” In addition to the celebratory dishes, Antonio’s on Melrose is holding a Day of the Dead costume contest on Oct. 30 starting at 5 p.m. with prizes, goodies and giveaways.Antonio’s on Melrose is located at 7470 Melrose Ave. Call (323)658-9060, or visit http://www.antoniosonmelrose.com. (This was featured in the Beverly Press 10/27/16)

Gracias Madre Dia de los Muertos

Gracias Madre is holding a festive Day of the Dead celebration on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. with Aztec dancers and an altar decorating ceremony. Chef Chandra Gilbert is serving special pumpkin empanadas with mole negro. Another treat is pan de muertos con chocolate. The special dishes pair well with beverage director Jason Eisner’s PUNkin horchata cocktails, which are available through Tuesday, Nov. 1. The cocktails are made with almond milk horchata, espresso, Xicaru mezcal, pumpkin syrup and spicy whipped cream. In observance of Dia de los Muertos on Nov. 1, guests can write prayers to family members and others who have passed away to be placed on the altar. Authentic altars contain favorite foods and beverages, as well as photos and memorabilia, of the departed. The intent is to encourage visits by the souls, so the souls will hear the prayers and the comments of the living. 8905 Melrose Ave., (323)978-2170.

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During Dia de los Muertos, sink your teeth into these bone-in dishes during the skeletal holiday at this butchery & gastropub offering a meat-heavy menu along with an extensive beer list & cocktails. Celebrate with The Ole 96’er – 60-day dry-aged, bone-in rib eye (96 oz.) a monstrous dish that must be ordered in advance, as it takes about 6 hours to cook. Or order the General Tso’s Pig’s Head – ½ pig’s head served with a General Tso-style sauce, moo shoo pancakes, and broccoli slaw. 8850 Washington Blvd, Culver City – Phone: (310)838-2783.

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E.P. & L.P.* (West Hollywood)
Celebrations can take a humorous tone, as celebrants remember funny events and anecdotes about the departed. Always one with whimsical names for their dishes, order Check Yo Neck – wood-grilled lamb neck with lettuce, herbs, and chili jam on Dia de los Muertos or  Lou Dogg’s Crispy Skin Chicken – ½ Mary’s Farm chicken with black vinegar, chili, and lemon. 603 N. La Cienega Blvd. (310)855-9955 – EPLOSANGELES.COM.

image006-8Plan Check Kitchen + Bar (Sawtelle, Fairfax, Downtown, Santa Monica)

K-BBQ Burger – grilled pork belly, “kim-cheese,” sprouting onion, gochujang barbeque sauce, sesame salt, and fried onions or the
PCB (Plan Check Burger) with ketchup leather™, schmaltz onions, mixed pickles, crunch bun, and Americanized dashi cheese (flavored with fermented kelp and bonito flakes).image007
This fiery dish will enlighten your palate. Plan Check Kitchen’s Korean Cioppino is filled with  mussels, calamari, gochujang, soju bomb, and kimchi. For the address and phone numbers of each location, go to http://www.plancheck.com/.image008-3

Little Sister (Downtown, Manhattan Beach)
Dine on steamed Black Cod with bitter greens, pork belly, shiitake mushrooms, leeks, and a fermented soybean/chili sauce on Dia del los Muertos. 523 W 7th St, Los Angeles (213)628-3146 –  http://www.littlesisterla.com and 1131 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach (310) 545-2096 – littlesistermb.com.

image009-3Wildcraft (Culver City)
What make Wildcraft pizza taste so good ? Betty! Sourdough Pizza signature crust is made with a 30-year old wild yeast starter affectionately named “Betty”. 9725 Culver Blvd. Culver City, CA  (310)815-8100.

Cinco de Mayo Celebrations in Los Angeles

Public School 612 001Cinco de Mayo is not the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico. Many think it is Mexico’s Independence Day, however that is not celebrated on May 5, but on September 16. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated primarily in the United States at Mexican restaurants and bars.

In Los Angeles, there are some great places to drink a cerveza, nibble on tacos and listen to a mariachi band or DJ. Here are some fun spots to join in the fiesta:

Petty Cash Tequila Tasting

Nick Meyer is hosting tasting of Guillermo Sauza of Fortaleza Tequila. Learn about distillation methods, philosophies, and try a few of Fortaleza’s most recent batch. Tastings start at 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Cover is $5 at the door. RSVP to Nick at nick@soignegroupla.com. Stay afterwards for the One year anniversary party with DJ Jeremy Sole. 7360 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036 www.pettycashtaqueria.com.

Tortilla Republic West Hollywood

The annual “Viva La Fiesta” block party on from 2 to 10 p.m. on May 4, 2014. The modern Mexican restaurant will give each guest a sombrero to celebrate an epic Cuatro de Mayo. They IMG_1846transform the lot behind the West Hollywood Library and West Hollywood Park into a scene set for celebration. The restaurant and bar will host a lively Mexican fiesta, which will feature the sounds of world-renowned DJs Corey Craig, Aaron Elvis, and Dan Knapp, multiple outdoor bars, a dance floor, and a live mariachi band. Sip $6 margaritas, nibble on Mexican small plates, participate in a 50/50 raffle, or enjoy a VIP suite with bottle service.

The restaurant will also serve Mexican street corn on the cob called Esquitas with lime & garlic aioli, cotija cheese, and chile de arbol; Flautas de Pollo with a crispy flour tortilla, Mary’s free range chicken tinga, Monterey Jack cheese, and queso fresco; and chicken, steak, or vegetarian Street Tacos with corn tortillas, cilantro, and white onion.

In addition to delicious eats from Tortilla Republic, TASTE will also offer small plates, pommes frites, chicken tarragon sliders, and more. Throughout the festivities, Tortilla Republic will distribute sombreros in an effort to break the world record for number of sombreros worn in one place. A portion of the proceeds from the block party will benefit Alive Music Project and Project Angel Food.
Tortilla Republic – 616 N. Robertson Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069 – 310.657.9888 – www.tortillarepublic.com.

Red O Cinco de Mayo

image003-3Mexican-inspired drink specials are available from Friday, May 2 through Monday, May 5, 2014 at both the Newport Beach and Melrose locations. The colors of the Mexican flag are represented in three new specially designed cocktails, inspired by “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.” Guests will also enjoy $5 Model Especial and Negra Modelo beers by the bottle. Patrons celebrating on Sunday, May 4 will also be able to enjoy Red O’s popular brunch menu available from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring Rick Bayless’s signature upscale, light, and seasonal fresh cuisine. 8155 Melrose Ave. (323)655-5009 and 143 Newport Center Dr. (949)718-0300.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

At Grand Central Market, Cinco de Mayo has an International spin with Mexican and BBQ cuisine and Thai tacos. Vendors have joined together to create a unique and lively celebration of culture, cuisine and community. Special Sunday and Monday Cinco de Mayo offers include a free taco at Villas Morelianas. Get 10% off the menu at Berlin Currywurst.
Hawaii BBQ will offer free chicken and fish samples. Enjoy free ceviche samples at 
Lupita’s Seafood. There will be free lunchtime mariachi concerts given by local bands, and a free arts and crafts station for the kids at Little Junebugs on Sunday, May 4 from noon to 3 p.m. 317 S. Broadway (213)624-2378.drinko_de_mayo_4_25

Rock and Reilly’s

This weekend is “Drinko de Mayo” on Saturday, May 3. The Irish pub is celebrating the Mexican holiday with an Irish twist. Listen to a leprechaun mariachi band and feast on Irish Nachos for $5. They will serve $5 margaritas, $5 Mother’s Milk whiskey, and $2 tacos. 8911 Sunset Blvd. (310)360-1400.

image002-7Cinco de Mayo celebration at 41 Ocean

Order a creative Mexican cocktail by world-renowned master mixologist, Rob Floyd, the new National Director of Mixology. Executive Chef Jimmy Martinez, formerly of BOA Steakhouse, has created a menu featuring Latin dishes such as shrimp and oyster ceviche, jumbo baked crab tamale, chorizo mussels, and grilled veggie soyriso handmade tacos. Pair these dishes with a Latin-infused ginger-smoke margarita. They serve 41 types of tequila. 1541 Ocean Ave #150, (310)566-3870.

Bazaar

Starting on Cinco de Mayo is “Tapas on the Terrace” served on the restaurant’s Mediterranean inspired Bar Centro Terrace. Every Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 7pm, guests can enjoy a rotating selection of $8 modern tapas that include sweet potato chips, Ottoman carrot fritters, and steam buns with Uni and avocado. A limited selection of seasonal cocktails and wines by the glass will be offered for $8, along with an “Endless” sangria for only $12 per person. Also, a selection of premium cigars and preferred valet parking before 7pm will be offered. 465 S La Cienega Blvd, (310)246-5555.

 Cinco del Mayo at Gracias Madre

All day they offer $5 drink and food specials. Listen to a mariachi band from 5 to 7 p.m. Other music will continue playing until 9 p.m. The restaurant serves cuisine inspired Chandraby the kitchens of Mexico sourced from locally grown organic ingredients. Executive Chef Chandra Gilbert has worked at Alice Waters’ Café Fanny in Berkeley, Cowgirl Creamery and Greens Restaurant in San Francisco and Cafe Gratitude. With the opening of Gracias Madre in West Hollywood in January 2014, Gilbert brings that passion to Los Angeles with a menu that blends produce from Be Love Farm with ingredients sourced from local farmers markets. 8905 Melrose Ave. (323)978-2170.

Many of these Cinco de Mayo events can also be found in my Restaurant News column in the May 1 Beverly Press and Park LaBrea News http://parklabreanewsbeverlypress.com/news/2014/05/restaurant-news-161/