April showers bring May flowers margs..it’s finally stoop weather here in the nation’s capital and you know what that means…MARGS ON MARGS ON MARGS…with salt, without salt, frozen, Patrón on ice…you can have whatever you liiike. With that said, there is no better way to ring in margarita weather than by highlighting Cinco de Mayo. Check the list below for spots around town that will add a little or a lot of tequila to your step. Photo Credit: Brightest Young Things
El Centro D.F.1819 14th Street, NW, 20009 and 1218 Wisconsin Ave, NW, 20007 If buffets are more your speed, try some authentic Mexican comfort fare on Tuesday, May 5th, from 12PM to 11PM for $15 at the door (cash only.) Dishes available include pork carnitas tacos, grilled chicken fajitas, ceviche, and roasted corn. Need something to wash all that goodness down? Enjoy $5 featured libations including the El Centro Margarita prepared with house-made strawberry or mango puree, new tequila infusions such as Pineapple & Serrano or Watermelon, as well as a large variety of bottled Mexican beers such as Corona, Corona Light, Dos Equis Lager, Dos Equis Amber, Tecate, Modelo Especial, Pacifico and Victoria. City Tap House DC 901 9th Street, NW, 20001 Warm your belly with two Cazuela specials on Tuesday, May 5th, from [11:30]AM to 1AM. Satisfy your hunger with options like the Short Rib Cazuela: a beer braised beef short rib, mole negro sauce and pickled shallots, served with pico de gallo, guacamole, Mexican rice, black beans and flour tortillas for $25; or opt for the Chicken Cazuela: beer braised chicken, ancho chile and salsa verde served with pico de gallo, lime crema, guacamole, Mexican rice, black beans and flour tortillas priced at $20. Grab a cold Mexican beer to wash it down such as Tecate, Pacifico or Corona for $3. Mission 1606 20th St NW, 20009 After the usual happy hour deals, from 7PM until close there will be all-night specials of $4 Tecates and Coronas, $6.5 Mission margs, $25 marg pitchers, and $6 Herradura shots. DJ Dimmy will be on the 1’s and 2’s serenading you with a variety of Mexican and Billboard favorites.
Mio Restaurant 1110 Vermont Ave, NW, 20005 Enjoy Puerto Rican flavors with influences from Latin metropolises such as Lima, Ciudad de México, La Havana, and San Juan. From Monday, May 4th through Wednesday, May 6th, Executive Chef Roberto Hernandez will offer a variety of appetizers and entrée specials, available from [11:30]AM to 10PM. Try the 5 Chile Rabo with five chile, oxtail, fresh crema and queso fresco; Tacos al Pastor with slow stewed pork, grilled pineapple, white onion relish and fresh cilantro; Mexican Rice and Corn with habanero, cumin basmati rice, crema fresca, blistered corn, chipotle mayo and queso fresco; Guacamole y Tortillas with Haas avocado, tomatoes, red onions, cilantro and fresh lime; 5 Salsa Tasting with tomato, tomatillo, chile ratatouille, árbol, sesame, ghost peppers, served with white corn tortilla chips, and the Sopa de Oaxaca con Huevo with asadero cheese, avocado, pasilla chile, tortilla and poached egg. Prices range from $10 to $23 each. Select house drinks, house wines and draft beer priced at $5 each exclusive during happy hour from 4PM to 7PM.
Masa 14 1825 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 Featured $5 Mexican beer, house red and white wines will be available in Masa 14’s bar/lounge and rooftop deck, along with three flavors of margaritas from 12PM to close. To celebrate this festive day, guests can enjoy a bountiful Latin/Asian buffet along with passed hors d’oeuvres. The cost is $20 at the door (cash only) to enjoy dishes that include Latin-Style Roasted Pork with various salsas, yuzu guacamole and tortillas; Roasted Chicken a la Brasa with verde sauce; Tofu Tacos with peppers and onions; Sweet Plantains with crema; Pork Belly Steamed Buns; Beef & Pork Meatballs; Octopus Toastasa, Mini Braised Beef Tacos, as well as Vegetable Spring Rolls with chipotle hoisin. Have a need to tap your feet? Tunes will spin throughout the restaurant on Tuesday, May 5th from 5PM to close.
Zengo 781 7th Street, NW, 20001 Who doesn’t love free chips and salsa? Zengo will offer complimentary chips and salsa and passed hor d’oeuvres for guests who stop by the lower level lounge beginning at 3PM on Tuesday, May 5th. Drink specials will also be available and include $5 flavored margaritas, Corona and Tecate beer as well as house red and white wine.
Rosa Mexicano 575 7th Street, NW, 20004 5 Days of Cinco kicks off on Friday, May 1st and runs through Wednesday, May 5th featuring a prix-fixe fiesta menu, specialty margaritas and select pitcher cocktails all week long. The three-course fiesta menu ($30) includes a choice of Guacamole en Molcajete or Nachos de Tres Quesos to share ‘para la mesa,’ a choice of one entrée per guest, and a shared plate of Rosa’s signature cinnamon-sugar Churros en Bolsa with three dipping sauces. Del Campo 777 I St NW, 20001 Indulge yourself with Latin fare, beverages and dancing at Del Campo’s series of monthly rooftop happy hour parties returning May 1st with a pork extravaganza. Chef Victor Albisu is revisiting his Cochon 555 theme, Swineface, to kick off the al fresco dining season. The food and beverage offerings will feature dishes from this year’s competition and cocktails from Del Campo’s Mary Kelly, along with music and magnificent views of the city. Early ’80s Miami attire is encouraged, $65 inclusive.
Johnny Pistolas 2333 18th St NW, 20009 Cinco de Mayo falls on a Tuesday this year – that means TACO TUESDAY. Enjoy $2.00 tacos washed down with $3.00 Tecate, $4.00 Corona and Pacifico, $5.00 tequila shots and $5.00 margaritas till 7PM. Need to work off all the nomz? Join in with live salsa dancers to the tunes of a disc jockey, smack a piñata full of prizes or play dress up in sombreros and mustaches. GCDC 1730 Pennsylvania Ave NW In honor of the upcoming holiday and a founding and treasured employee who hails from Pachuca, Mexico, GCDC presents Elsi’s Homemade Cinco de Mayo Fajita Grilled Cheese. This special sandwich includes Queso Fresco (Mexican cheese,) marinated chicken, sautéed red and green peppers and white onions grilled on buttered white bread, served with Elsi’s fresh green tomatillo (fresh cilantro, garlic, onion and jalapeno) for dipping. Purchase for $10 at lunch and $13 at dinner. Wash it down with a Corona ($3) or Patrón Silver ($9.) Available April 28th through May 8th.
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Fuego Cocina y Tequileria 2800 Clarendon Blvd, 22201 Pride yourself on taste buds of steel? Join in on Sunday, May 3rd from 4-6PM with other fearless fire-breathing contestants and work your way through an increasingly potent lineup of the most powerfully peppered nachos chef Chris Smith can muster. Each contestant will have two minutes to finish six nachos topped with one ounce of a single pepper relish before progressing to the next round, with only water or beer to quell the burn. The last one standing will be declared “Nacho Average Nacho Champ,” and presented with a prize worthy of his or her pepper prowess. Need more?
Join the Tequila Throwdown [3:30]PM-5PM Tuesday, May 5th in the lounge to determine the people’s choice from among four different tequila houses. Come taste a complimentary sampling of Casamigos, Tres Agaves, Patrón, and Milagro, to cast your vote for the winner which will be featured in Fuego’s “El Perfecto” cocktail for the remainder of 2015. Also selected specialty cocktails will be offered at $5 from [11:30]AM-7PM alongside the weekly “Taco Tuesday” featuring $5 taco plates from 4-7PM.
One Eight Distilling 1135 Okie St NE, 20002 Not a marg fan? Head to Uno Ocho Destilería on Dos de Mayo (5/2) for free tours and tastes of District Made Vodka and Rock Creek White Whiskey, plus cocktail advice from Embitterment and a pop-up taco bar from Rito Loco.
Shaina is a double doodle-mom, travel-junkie, and one half of a couple that is the greatest food trend you’ve never heard of–Indian-Italian fusion (think butter chicken pizza!). During the week, she spends her early mornings hitting the pavement (or treadmill) and evenings perfecting the art of meal prepping. Shaina has been with GMF since 2013 and spends her weekends outdoors with the pups, checking out the latest and greatest restaurants in the DMV, or cuddled up on the couch with a glass of wine and the latest bingeworthy show.