Most people don’t need much of a reason to load up on guacamole, burritos and margaritas, but Cinco de Mayo is more than just a day to indulge in great food and drinks.
Cinco de Mayo, which is Spanish for the 5th of May, is a regional holiday in Mexico. The holiday itself, however, is celebrated more in the United Sates by Mexican descendants than in its native Mexico.
According to InsideMexico.com, May 5, 1862 went down in history as a day when the Mexican army exhibited great devotion to their country, and stood their ground in the city of Puebla against a well-armed French army. The 4,000 Mexican soldiers were vastly outnumbered by the well-equipped French army of 8,000 that had not been defeated for almost 50 years. While the French lost the battle at Puebla, they eventually went on to occupy Mexico.
There are no traditional Cinco de Mayo dishes, as foods vary between the families and regions of Mexico, combining native Aztec foods with a rich variety of items brought by Spanish conquistadors and settlers, according to WorldFoodandWine.com. But traditionally, Mexican foods have included guacamole, chilaquiles, enchiladas and mole poblano. Cinco de Mayo dishes are often served with a variety of vegetables and salsas.
This Cinco de Mayo, bring traditional Mexican fare right to your home. These great restaurants on GrubHub.com promise to turn up the spice. And, there’s no need to worry about those pressing stares you’ll get if the salsa music starts to move you to the beat. After all, you’re dining in.
Fiesta Mexican Grill
831 W. Armitage Ave.
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Cafe con Leche
1732 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Bucktown, Wicker Park, Ukrainian Village, Noble Square, West Town, Near West Side, West Loop, River West, Goose Island, Lincoln Park
Los Portales Mexican Restaurant
1418 W. Morse Ave.
Rogers Park, Edgewater, West Ridge, Evanston, Andersonville, Bowmanville, Uptown, Ravenswood, Lincoln Square
999 Manhattan Ave.
New York, NY
Pollos Ala Brasa Marion
69-01 Roosevelt Ave.
Woodside, Jackson Heights, Maspeth, Elmhurst, East Elmhurst
Alambres Fresh Mexican Grill
114 S. San Fernando Blvd.
Burbank, North Hollywood, Glendale, La Tuna Canyon, Sunland
9905 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA
Culver City, Palms, Cheviot Hills, Beverlywood, Rancho Park
407 Sixth St.
San Pedro, CA
San Pedro, Rancho Palos Verdes
943 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA
North Beach, Fisherman’s Wharf, Nob Hill, Marina, Cow Hollow, Russian Hill, SOMA, South Beach, Downtown, Financial District