Who says you can’t celebrate Cinco de Mayo while at home? Although we may not be able to celebrate at our favorite Chicago restaurants, bars and venues this year, at least you can still indulge in their top-notch, mouthwatering menus consisting of guacamole, chips and salsa, tacos, fajitas and don’t forget everyone’s favorite part, the margaritas. Cinco de Mayo just happens to fall on #TacoTuesday, so why not bring the party home with a virtual celebration with your best buds! Check out these Chicago restaurants that will get you started!
Tuco and Blondie
If you’re looking for the ultimate Cinco De Mayo party then this Tex-Mex restaurant has got you covered!. Tuco and Blondie is a Mexican-style, fajita-eatin’, taco-licious, good time in the heart of Southport. Offering a full menu of tacos, enchiladas, fajitas and other favorites choose from pick up or delivery services with Caviar. Don’t forget the sides and sips for sidekicks.
Old Pueblo Cantina
Did someone say taco kits AND pitchers of margaritas to go? Oh yes please! Why not bring the fiesta home to you as it couldn’t get any better than this! This Lakeview restaurant is also offering take and bake chorizo queso fundido, seasonal sangria pitchers and tres leches cake that you can pickup curbside or order for delivery services with Caviar and DoorDash.
Let’s “taco bout” how many different taco options you can get at Velvet Taco. This premium fast casual taco restaurant has many options to choose from whether you prefer chicken, veggie, pork, beef and fish, check out their weekly taco feature as there is an option for anyone and everyone! And don’t forget about the brisket nachos to complete your cinco de mayo meal consisting of blue corn chips, barbacoa-style brisket, white queso blanco, roasted corn pico, mayo crema, salsa verde, queso fresco and micro cilantro. You can either choose for your tacos to be delivered or picked up from this Gold Coast location.
What’s a Cinco de Mayo celebration without tequila? Thankfully, Gemini is offering The San Pancho a 32oz. cocktail that serves from 5-6 drinks for $40. The San Pancho consists of Corazón tequila, La Luna mezcal, lime, pineapple and habanero bitters so don’t forget to place your order for pick up or through delivery services from 4:30-8:30pm, right in time for happy hour with your roommates.
Taco E is not only here to cure your Mexican street eats appetite, but to make it fun at the same time with their family-style taco kits, serving 2-4 people. The kits include lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, choice of protein, tortillas, salsa, Mexican rice & refried beans that makes the perfect Cinco de Mayo activity. Not in the mood for tacos? No worries, newly added items to their menu includes tostadas and a Taco Salad and don’t forget to add a cerveza to your cart! Call the restaurant direct for pick up or delivery services.
Public house may be known for serving American fare with a smokehouse twist but that shouldn’t stop you from taking home their $55 DIY Casamigos Margarita kit! Consisting of one bottle of Casamigos, one bottle of homemade margarita mix and lime wheels, be ready to shake up and start sippin’ this cocktail right in your own kitchen. Hungry too? Public house is also serving their seasonal guacamole, skirt steak and chicken tacos that can be all delivered to you with GrubHub!
Located in River North, Bub City is known to be Chicago’s destination for barbecue but that shouldn’t phase you from ordering their BBQ Brisket nachos topped with atomic cheese & guacamole and red tomato salsa. Sounds like the perfect start to your Cinco de Mayo festivities. Oh wait! We can’t forget about their take home Margarita Kit for $35. This kit includes your choice of tequila, 16 oz. fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, 16 oz. lime juice, 16. oz. homemade simple syrup, 2 oz. salt, 1 oz. regan’s orange bitters and 1 lime for garnishing! Making about sixteen margaritas don’t get carried away and save some for the rest of quarantine, trust us, you’ll need it!
Summer House Santa Monica
Bring out your inner mixologist and shake up a Mango Margarita from Summer House Santa Monica, located in Lincoln Park! For $77, this margarita kit includes a bottle of Codigo 1530 Tequila Rosa, mango Margarita mix, salt and limes (makes about 12 drinks) which is more than plenty to share amongst you and your roommates! Don’t worry about leaving your couch, this cocktail kit can be delivered right to you from the services of DoorDash!
Firewater Saloon is here to bring the party to you with their $30 pre-made margaritas mixed with Cazadores tequila & Patron Citron orange & lime liqueur. No work needs to be done, just get straight to pouring over ice and top it with the salt and limes that are included. Also offering on their pick up and delivery menu through GrubHub, Firewater Saloon is serving nachos, chicken fajitas and a family style meal, the “Fiesta Meal” including rice & beans with sides of lettuce, cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream and salsa with your choice of flour tortillas.
Timothy O’Toole’s Chicago
By now you’re most likely overwhelmed by the number of margarita kits we have listed. To make your decision a bit easier, Timothy O’Tooles Margarita kit for $65 might have you sold with their four different flavors you can choose from. Step up your Cinco de mayo with one of these delicious flavors such as raspberry, mango, watermelon or desert pear. You can get your hands on this kit with their curbside pick up available at their Streeterville location.
What’s a party without dessert? Xoco located in River North is here to cure your sweet tooth with their Xoco-flan, three churros, frontera’s chocolate pecan pie, churro bites, glazed churros and Polovoron. But wait, theres more! Xoco is known for their bold Mexican marketplace flavor, so don’t forget to scroll through their menu full of smoked chicken taquitos, Baja Chicken Sandwich, Chicken Tinga Tacos and much much more! It’s outstandingly easy to place a pick up or delivery order through Xoco. DoorDash is doing both delivery and pick up services, ChowNow is offering pick up only and Caviar is only using delivery services.
*Note: These businesses were open on the date of publication, but due to the current economic climate that could change. Please check if the businesses are still open and offering these deals when necessary.*
Written by: Monica Liwag