It might come as a surprise to some who think Cinco de Mayo is, in fact, Mexico’s Independence Day, yet it isn’t! Indeed May 5th marks the anniversary of the Mexican Militia’s win over the French Army in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. However, this day has quickly become a time to drink tequila/margaritas and indulge in the delicious Mexican cuisine. Now I'd usually give you an extensive list of places in our wonderful city that has special offers during this iconic day. Yet, as we all know this is historic and uncertain times, I have found a few restaurants that still offer deliveries to bring the party right into the comfort of your own home. So wear your comfiest pajama, get the mezcal, tequila and the fiesta is about to start.
It's hard to imagine that La Catrina just celebrated its first year of business not too long ago and for the occasion, the latter is still offering its decadent cuisine to anyone craving tacos and margarita. With 80$, you can order the Catrina Cinco the Mayo Box which includes 2 pounds of grilled shrimps, Pollo al pastor, ribeye, and fried chickens with tortilla chips and guacamole, Esquites and a blend of the Catrina Margarita (good for 4 people). All you'll need is your own tequila and you're all set.
For takeout and delivery between 3 pm and 9 pm
117 Rue de la Commune Ouest
Another establishment right in the heart of Old Montreal is Santos Tapas Bar. Known for being a hot spot once the sun sets, yet during day time, Santos serves some of the best tapas in Old Montreal. Yet, we know they serve Spanish cuisine and not Mexican, but Santos knows how to throw a party. With a 125$ package that includes 6 Sol Beer bottles, 1 Liter of Santos Marguerita mix, 2 maracas, 2 sombreros & 2 Sauza Marguerita glass with Guacamole, Lobster Empanada, Shrimps Quesadilla, Beef & Shrimp Tacos with Homemade churros top, you're in for a treat. Plus, tune in for a Cinco de Mayo Live mix with Dj DBoy from 8 to 10 pm on the Santos Bar Facebook page for some killer beats.
Pickup available from 4 pm to 9 pm
191 Rue Saint-Paul Ouest
Bring Cinco de Mayo right to your doorstep by ordering online or by phone from Mula's kitchen to yours. From taco kits, beers, and lots of fun, the downtown restaurant will lighten your confinement, one taco at a time.
2110 Rue Crescent
El Rey del Taco is one of the best Mexican restaurants in Montreal! If you are in a mood of authentically Mexican food you're in for a treat as the chefs craft many delectable Mexican dishes that will surely introduce you with true colors and aromas of Mexican cuisine. Just check out their page on Ubereats... it's like Netflix, you'd find scrolling for over 20 minutes and still, so many options to choose from and wish you could eat them all. Worth it though!
232 Jean-Talon E.
If the only thing missing is booze...
Well, here's a godsend recipe for a delicious Margarita coming your way:
Just need to have these bad boys at hand before becoming your own bartender...
Kosher salt (for serving)
½ thick lime wheel (for serving)
2 oz. tequila Blanco
¾ oz. fresh lime juice
¾ oz. simple syrup
1. Place some salt on a small plate. Rub rim of an old-fashioned or rocks glass with lime (reserve for serving); dip in salt. Fill with ice and set aside.
2. Now combine your tequila, lime juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill the latter with ice, cover and shake it like a jazz dancer until the outside of your shaker as cold as a winter in Canada... which is about 20 seconds -more or less.
3. Strain cocktail through a Hawthorne strainer or a slotted spoon into your glass. For the finishing touch, garnish with a lime wheel.