Cinco de Mayo 2020: New Orleans area restaurants offering takeout tacos, margaritas for at-home fiestas

Many will celebrate Cinco de Mayo, on Tuesday, May 5, quite differently this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Not to mention, the Mexican holiday also falls on Taco Tuesday this year — which is like salt in an open wound instead of around the rim of your favorite restaurant’s margarita.

With dining rooms still closed and stay-at-home orders still in place, several New Orleans area restaurants are stepping up with options to help bring the fiesta to your living room.

(Photo courtesy: Velvet Cactus via Facebook)

Many restaurants are offering take-out deals on family-style to-go meals and margaritas.

Restaurants with relaxed restrictions in Jefferson Parish, on the North Shore and other areas are taking advantage of outdoor patio dining.

Plus, at least one restaurant, Felipe’s Taqueria, gets creative with a virtual, “Cyber Cinco de Mayo” celebration for its most celebrated event of the year.

The annual holiday also marks a good time to support local businesses still trying to survive.

We gathered a list of local Mexican spots offering to-go or delivery to help you bring Cinco de Mayo festivities home.

Contact us here to let us know about any other great Cinco de Mayo offerings.

Felipe’s Taqueria

Felipe’s Mexican Taqueria announced it will go virtual with a Cyber Cinco de Mayo celebration live-streamed via Facebook on Tuesday, May 5.

Felipe’s live virtual party will feature performances during a four-hour event starting at 6 p.m. CST.

Expect performances by Jose Fermín, Will Dickerson, Mariachi Juarez International, Elio Piedra, Bailanow and Matt Freed. The acts will help bring life to at-home Cinco de Mayo celebrations with Mariachi, Salsa, Pop, Rock, Merengue, Reggaetón and Bachata.

The restaurant will serve to-go orders of Felipe’s Family Meal and $30 half gallon or $60 gallons of hand-squeezed margaritas to accompany the livestreamed fiesta.

Stay home and party with Felipe's!🏠💃🏽Cyber Cinco de Mayo is a Facebook live show hosted by Elio Piedra and will feature…

Posted by Felipe's Taqueria on Saturday, April 25, 2020

Casa Borrega

In Central City, Casa Borrega starts the party early with a special Cinco de Mayo menu now through Tuesday, May 5. The restaurant will make things lively with live music in the parking lot while customers pick up curbside — while practicing social distancing, of course. Casa Borrega will open until 7 p.m. on Cinco de Mayo.

Online ordering is available for pickup by calling the restaurant or ordering online.

Open until 7 pm. Today tomorrow, Monday and Cinco de Mayo !!! Check the live music on the parking lot when you are…

Posted by Casa Borrega on Saturday, May 2, 2020

Velvet Cactus

Fajitas, tacos and margaritas — oh yes! You can have a Mexican picnic during your own at-home Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Velvet Cactus recently re-opened its doors after temporarily closing in March due to COVID-19. Now, the Lakeview restaurant is taking online to-go orders, and will open for Cinco de Mayo on Tuesday from noon to 8:30 p.m. After that, the new hours of operation are Wednesday and Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Friday to Sunday from noon to 8:30 p.m.

Los Jefes Grill

Los Jefes Grill wants to help you bring Cinco de Mayo home. You can pre-order Cinco Family Boxes from the Metairie restaurant for at-home fiestas. The boxes includes an option of burritos, quesadillas or tacos. It also comes with queso and salsa with chips. Plus, you can toast at home with two Avion margaritas. The box serves two people for $35.

El Paso Mexican Grill

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, El Paso Mexican Grill locations in Metairie, Marrero, Chalmette, Mandeville and Slidell launch outdoor patio seating without table service. Many El Paso locations will also offer fiesta specials for stay-at-home celebrations.

El Paso’s Metairie location will offer two for one small or medium house margaritas and $2 tacos from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on May 5. The LaPlace location will offer margarita specials all day. In Mandeville, customers can get $7.99 house margaritas and family style to-go orders. The Chalmette location will offer combo dinner specials and margarita specials.

Contact your nearest El Paso Mexican Grill location or check the location’s Facebook page for deals and specials.

Starting May 1st, we will be open for outdoor seating (no table service)JUST IN TIME FOR CINCO DE MAYO!!! 🍹🇲🇽🌮Stay tuned for more info about Cinco de Mayo Quarantine Style 🤪

Posted by El Paso Mexican Grill – Marrero on Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Johnny Sanchez

Celebrity chef Aarón Sánchez will help you celebrate with a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Pack from his restaurant Johnny Sanchez.

The Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Pack that serves two for $39.99, which includes a quart of frozen margarita (You can also double this order for $69.99.). There’s also a taco party pack pack comes with two choices of protein, a pint of salsa, picked onions and flour tortillas for $48. Johnny Sanchez also offers an abbreviated takeout menu for pickup and delivery.

Celebrate #TacoTuesday ~AND~ Cinco de Mayo this year with our special fiesta pack! Available all day 5/5- pre order yours today! 💃🌮✨#nolaopen #cincodemayo

Posted by Johnny Sánchez on Monday, May 4, 2020

Barracuda New Orleans

Barracuda wants to help you Cinco in Place with a Cinco party pre-order for pick-up via contactless drive-thru on May 5. The taco stand will offer taco or enchilada party packs, happy hour kits, margarita jugs and other a la carte items for purchase.

Pre-order online via the website.

PARTY ONWe’re taking safely distanced baby steps to get the taco stand 🍍 (and soon enough, the margarita garden 🏝)…

Posted by Barracuda New Orleans on Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Nacho Mama’s

While owners of the Elmwood restaurant say the restaurant’s future after the pandemic is uncertain, Nacho Mama’s will host a delivery-only pop-up for Cinco de Mayo. Fans can order family-style chips and dips, margaritas and tamales to make a meal at home.

Orders are first come, first served placed via the online Facebook event. Payments are accepted by Paypal, Venmo or cash only.

Posted by Nacho Mama's Elmwood on Friday, May 1, 2020

Tacos & Beer

Tacos & Beer has you covered with family taco packs and gallons of margaritas available to-go.

On the North Shore, the Slidell location offers outdoor seating without table service.

Juan’s Flying Burrito

Juan’s Flying Burrito opens weekly from Thursday to Tuesday from noon to 8 p.m. The Mid-City and Uptown locations are up and running for pickup or delivery. Juan’s will also have margarita pitchers and half gallon jugs available for purchase with meals.

It has been another long week for #Neworleans and we @juansflyingburritonola know you deserve a pitcher/half gallon our…

Posted by Juan's Flying Burrito on Friday, April 24, 2020

Ideal Market

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, Ideal Market brings back its $1 Taco Tuesday special. The Latin grocery store will offer $1 carnitas tacos at all locations this Tuesday and every following Tuesday.

Carretta’s Grill

Carretta’s Grill takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to the current climate with its “Cinco De Quarantin-O” event. They will keep the restaurant’s Cinco de Mayo traditions alive while social distancing.

The restaurant, with locations in Metairie and Harahan, will offer free giveaways and host a “This is how we Cinco” contest on social media.

Carreta’s Grill will also offer family-style options like a Cinco Taco Pack with tacos, rice and beans, queso and salsa for $30. Margarita specials include two gallons for $60 and $5 medium margaritas on the rocks.

Its that time of the week again. Carretas Grill bringing Taco Tuesday to a dinner table near you!

Posted by Carreta's Grill on Tuesday, April 14, 2020

La Mansión NOLA

La Mansion restaurant will offer margarita deals and several family-style to-go options for Cinco de Mayo. Meals include options like chicken chimichangas, shrimp or chicken quesadillas with asada or chicken burritos, beef or chicken fajitas, cilantro enchiladas and tacos.

Get happy hour deals on house margaritas. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. There’s so much to choose from.

Superior Grill

The Cinco de Mayo hot spot is open for curbside pickup. Superior Grill is currently offering a limited menu, happy hour and gallon margaritas. There’s also a family-style fajitas option for your at-home fiesta.

Don’t forget to pick up your #margaritas for #cincodemayo 💃🏻.We will open at 3PM today!.Gallons freeze well 🤗.#superiorgrill #nolaopen #nolaeats #gallonsofmargaritas #gallonsongallons

Posted by Superior Grill New Orleans on Monday, May 4, 2020

La Carretta Magazine

La Carretta on Magazine Street recently re-opened its doors after temporarily closing due to COVID-19. The restaurant is ripe and ready for Cinco de Mayo with a Cinco de Mayo kit.

Orders can be purchased for take-out or delivery through Waitr. Daily hours of operation are from noon to 8:30 p.m.

Who is ready for Cinco? We are!!!! #cincodemayo

Posted by La Carreta Magazine on Sunday, May 3, 2020

Chipotle Mexican Grill

Chipotle is celebrating Cinco de Mayo by offering free Queso Blanco with the purchase of any entree on May 5, with the code “QUESO55.” The Mexican fast food chain will also extend its free delivery for orders of $10 or more via the Chipotle app and Chipotle.com through May 10.

El Gato Negro

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, all El Gato Negro locations are now open for pickup and delivery through DoorDash. Daily hours are noon to 8 p.m.

Come celebrate Cinco De Mayo with us tomorrow! We are open 12-8PM – 7 days a week for to go orders and delivery! Please order at www.elgatonegronola.com

Posted by El Gato Negro NOLA on Monday, May 4, 2020

Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux

Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux says its celebrating big this Cinco de Mayo with a special bundle at participating locations. On Tuesday, May 5, guests can enjoy eight Boom Boom Shrimp Tacos, Cajun Queseaux with Tortilla Chips and a gallon of frozen margarita (*dependent on location) or a 6-pack of bottled Corona for $30. Guests can place their order through call-in or curbside.

Taco Bell

Taco Bell launches new at-home taco bar kits, just in time for Cinco de Mayo celebrations.

The fast food chain announced that it will offer an At Home Taco Bar at participating restaurants nationwide. For a limited time, the kits can be delivered or picked up via contactless drive-thru.

The fast food chain’s new meal kits comes with enough food to feed a family of six for $25. The kit comes with staple Taco Bell ingredients packed and sealed including including flour tortillas, crunchy taco shells, nacho chips, seasoned beef, shredded lettuce, nacho cheese sauce and hot sauce packets.

Moe’s Southwest Grill

On May 5, Moe’s Southwest Grill is offering free delivery on purchases of $10 or more made through the restaurant’s app and website.


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