First of all I know we are one of the furthest things from a Mexican style restaurant. We did, however, commandeer our location from a Mexican restaurant and by popular demand (threats of boycotting really) keep the frozen margaritas in the freezy machine every dinner service since the day we opened.
While the holiday of Cinco de Mayo is a relatively small holiday in Mexico, it’s vastly more popular here in the United States, surpassing even the popularity of the more widely-celebrated holiday Dia de los Muertos in the fall. We in the restaurant industry have happily embraced the holiday as a reason to step out of our collective “zones” and venture towards a Latin theme, if only for a day.
Which brings me to our Mexican inspired specials (imagine that) for the week.
For the dinner menu we have the Battle of Puebla Burger (la Batalla de Puebla is the battle for which Cinco de Mayo gets it notoriety). It’s a mixture of ground beef and chorizo (spicy Mexican sausage) with cilantro, cotija (light Mexican cheese), pico de gallo, and a cilantro crema.
For brunch we are doing Tex-Mex style migas which will be vegetarian unless you want to add some chorizo!
And finally, to cap off the week, our sister bar Marty’s PM is set. to have a big hullaballoo this Sunday for the 5th. Starting with an El Barrio take over of the place. El Barrio is a favorite of restaurant of our staff and Birmingham in general. Since their restaurant is closed for this holiday, we talked them into coming to our place and serving their food with their staff and their signature margaritas from their bartenders behind our bar. I can’t wait to be there!
In the midst of all this, karaoke starts at 11 and then a mariachi band Garibaldi will start at midnight and perform 2 sets!
Basically, there are no borders this week and no one can deny what a huge impact our southern neighbors have made on our food and drink culture here in the great U.S. of A.! Come enjoy delicious food and libations and enjoy our weekly “especiales.”