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McDonald’s Celebrates National Strawberry Month With Special Strawberry Sips

McDonald’s Celebrates National Strawberry Month With Special Strawberry Sips

Chain sources its strawberries from California for much of the year

The McCafé Strawberry Banana Smoothie and Fruit ‘N Yogurt Parfaits are available nationwide, while the others are limited-time offerings in select regions.

McDonald’s is celebrating National Strawberry Month with several offerings highlighting strawberries, including smoothies, lemonade, and a parfait. The chain sources the strawberries it uses for these menu items from California, which produces more than 88 percent of the nation’s strawberries, between July and May, according to a release.

The McCafé Strawberry Orange Mango Smoothie is exclusive to McDonald’s restaurants in northern California and is available through October 2016. The McCafé Strawberry Banana Smoothie, available nationwide, is made with a strawberry banana smoothie base, ice, and low-fat yogurt.

McCafé Strawberry Lemonade and Frozen Strawberry Lemonade are available in the Chicagoland area through August 2016. The Strawberry Lemonade combines lemonade and strawberry purée, which is poured over ice, and the Frozen Strawberry Lemonade is made with lemonade and a purée-base strawberry syrup blended with ice.

Check out these 10 strawberry recipes to sweeten your summer.


Olé! To Cinco De Mayo: Where To Celebrate In 2021

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo 2021 on Wednesday, May 5, with specials from restaurants thoughout California. (Shutterstock) Hermosa Taqueria, inside Union Market Tustin, has $22 deal with bottomless margs on the menu. (Courtesy of Hermosa Taqueria) Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchens in Brea and Irvine have lobster tacos & festive sips on the menu. (Courtesy of Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen) "It's everything you AVO wanted" -- free, half avocados at WaBa Grill restaurants throughout Greater L.A. (Courtesy of WaBa Grill) Tallula’s "Cinco De Mayo Fiesta" offers indoor & outdoor dining, plus takeout party pack, in Santa Monica. (Photo credit: Lindsey Huttrer.) Chronic Tacos in the Southland have a $5 Cinco de Mayo special for 2021. (Courtesy of Chronic Tacos ) Perfectly timed with Cinco de Mayo, Mountain Mike’s Pizza adds new Mini Churrs™ - limited-time, “cinnamony-sweet” dessert bites. (Courtesy of Mountain Mike’s Pizza) Chicas Tacos opens in Venice on May 5 with exclusive dishes. (Courtesy of Chicas Tacos) Tocaya Organica offers in-house specials, plus a Cinco de My taco bar to-go from LA and San Diego locations. (Courtesy of Tocaya Organica) The "Butter Chicken Kulcha Chalupa Taco" is $5 on May 5 at Desi Contemporary in Campbell. (Courtesy of Desi Contemporary) Orange County's Rodeo 39 Public Market is hosting Cinco de Mayo comedy night. (Courtesy of Rodeo 39 Public Market) Las Brisas in Laguna Beach is prepping to welcome Cinco de Mayo guests with nachos, ceviche, cocktails & ocean views. (Credit: Allen Taylor) Special menu in the works at SOL Mexican Cocina in Playa Vista and Newport Beach. (Courtesy of SOL Mexican Cocina) A limited, dine-in-only menu is offered at Cinco de Mayo at Solita in Valencia and Huntington Beach. (Courtesy of Solita) Tallula’s in Santa Monica is prepping a Cinco De Mayo fiesta for on-site dining or to-go. (Photo Credit: Lindsey Huttrer) Azule Taqueria will celebrate with all-day, outdoor fest & music in Santa Monica. (Courtesy of Azule Taqueria) Catalina Island Museum in Avalon has family-friendly fiesta planned. (Courtesy of Catalina Island Museum) Randy’s Donuts (Courtesy of Randy’s Donuts) Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and tequila brand Teremana launch “Guac on the Rock" promotion for Cinco de Mayo 2021. (Courtesy of Teremana) A dollar-saving, Jimmy John’s promo coincides with Cinco de Mayo on May 5. (Courtesy of Jimmy John’s) Pacific Catch locales throughout the SF Bsy Area are prepping to celebrate with sips and taco deals. (Courtesy of Pacific Catch) The Family Burrito Box is among Rubio's menu options that could work for your Cinco de Mayo feasts. (Courtesy of Rubio's Coastal Grill) Tacos 1986 in Newport Beach and Los Angeles has May 5 specials planned for Off The Menu members. (Courtesy of Tacos 1986) Blaze Pizza locales introduce a new, Cinco-timed Chipotle Ranch Chicken Pizza, made with Tajín Clásico Seasoning. (Courtesy of Blaze Pizza) Celebrate with $1.99 deals - one day only - at Miguel's Jr. locales in Southern California. (Courtesy of Miguel's Jr.) Del Taco offers its Crunchtada® line-up free with purchase for Cinco de Mayo. (Photo: Business Wire)

CALIFORNIA— Cinco de Mayo this year falls on Wednesday, May 5, 2021— so a big o lé to a reason to celebrate mid-week with tasty Mexican dishes and drinks.

Need some celebration inspiration? Patch has you covered with nearby, to-go and on-site dining specials.

We know this list is just the tip of the iceberg for shout-out-worthy, Mexican restaurants and taquerias. Know of other Cinco stand-outs throughout the Golden State? Share with fellow Patch readers in the comment section.

A RESTAURANT: Chef Roberto is crafting a Mexican menu for Cinco de Mayo from May 4-6— a three day special for diners. Reservations here. A Restaurant is at 3334 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach .

ALBERTO'S CANTINA: Celebrate with live mariachi music courtesy of @cazadores 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., plus great food and tequila. Seating both inside and out. Alberto's is at 435 Main St., Pleasanton. Info here.

APPLEBEE'S: Springtime = Tequila Time for the month of May, with $5 Strawberry Daq-A-Ritas (half-margarita, half-daiquiri made with 1800 Reposado Tequila, Bacardi, strawberry and margarita mix) and the new, $5 Tipsy Shark (a Pacific-inspired margarita with 1800 Reposado Tequila, blue curacao, pineapple juice, and margarita mix topped with a gummy shark). Details here.

AZULE TAQUEIRA: An all-day, outdoor beer-garden celebration is planned at Third Street Promenade locale, featuring $5, 16-ounce draft beers, $35 buckets of Estrella Jalisco Michelada Tall Boys and outdoor bar set-up with live music. For dining: $30 Azule Taco Boxes (10 tacos of choice + salsa) $40 Azule Taco Kit (24 tortillas, vegan rice & beans, onions + peppers, queso fresco and chips & salsa) and $35 Azule Burrito Boxes (four burritos + chips & salsa). Food orders in-store or online at ordersocialeats.com. View menu here. Azule info here. Located at 1315 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica.

BLAZE PIZZA: Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, the chain launches a partnership with Tajín Clásico Seasoning that includes a Chipotle Ranch Chicken Pizza (with chipotle ranch, grilled chicken, fire roasted corn Tajín), available through June 9. On May 5, Blaze will give away more than 50,000 mini bottles of Tajín at restaurants nationwide with any pizza order, while supplies last. Info here. Find locations here.

BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO.: Step on in May 5 for "Five Fried Shrimp and Fries" for $5 and $6 Frozen Margaritas. Súper! See here for details. Locations in Anaheim, Hollywood, Long Beach, Monterey, San Francisco and Santa Monica.

CATALINA ISLAND MUSEUM: An in-person, Cinco de Mayo celebration is planned May 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. outside in Catalina Island Museum's open-air plaza. Entertainment, a taco bar from Coyote Joe's and kids' piñata craft planned. Info here. The museum is at 217 Metropole Ave., Avalon.

CHA CHA'S LATIN KITCHEN: Putting modern twists on classics, the restaurants are featuring lobster tacos (maseca-dusted lobster tail, cabbage, pico de gallo, avocado and chipotle aioli) and homemade chicken mole enchiladas (chicken simmered with Doña Maria mole in corn tortillas), plus festive sips from the bar. Menu here. Reservations advised. Go here to book. Locations in Brea and Irvine.

CHEVYS FRESH MEX: Join the restaurant's fiestas, with mariachi bands, DJs, margaritas, beers, shots & tacos from 3 p.m.to close at cantinas & outdoor patios. California locations found here.

CHICAS TACOS: Bringing flavor and Mexican culinary favorites to Venice, along with some exclusive dishes just for Dogtown, is the fast casual, award-winning taco company opening May 5 — just in time for Cinco de Mayo — inside Whole Foods Market, 225 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. Music & fun planned. Info here.

CHRONIC TACOS: Celebrate Cinco De Mayo all day Wednesday, May 5 with a two-taco plate for $5 with drink purchase. Pick from al pastor, pollo asado, carnitas or fajita veggies, then add favorite toppings. Promotion excludes, fish, shrimp, steak and beyond beef. The offer is available in store or via online ordering and Chronic Tacos app. Find eateries here in Riverside, Los Angeles and Orange counties.

DEL TACO: Get a "Crunchtada" free with $3 purchase using the offer in the Del Taco app on May 5. The Mexican pizza-ish Crunchtada offers toppings stacked on top of a large, 6-1/2-inch, freshly fried tortilla. Details here. Del Taco location finder here.

DESCANSO MEXICAN RESTAURANT: Cinco de Mayo happy hour meets Wine Wednesday specials all day at the Costa Mesa eatery. Live music begins at 7 p.m. The modern taqueria specializes in authentic Mexican flavors and recipes. Don't miss the new spring margarita . the WATERMELONRITA. Make reservations at 714.486.3798 or online. Descanso is at 1555 Adams Ave., Costa Mesa.

DESI CONTEMPORARY: The Campbell eatery is offering "5/5 specials," with a $5 menu, featuring Butter Chicken Kulcha Chalupa Tacos (vegetarian Pinde Chole option also available), plus $5 celebratory craft cocktails. See website here. Desi Contemprary is at 501 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell.

EL TORITO GRILL: The Brea locale will celebrate Wednesday from 3 p.m. to close with $3 tacos for dine-in patrons. Also planned are satellite drink stations, with hand-crafted specialty drinks, and live music. Info. The restaurant is at 555 Pointe Drive, Brea.

EL POLLO LOCO: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with five tacos for the price of two: When you buy two Tacos al Carbon on May 5, the restaurant will give you three more free. And, as an added bonus, order them online for a free, 5-ounce Tapatío bottle, while supplies last. Details here. Find locations here.

FUEGO: It's Cinco de "Maya" time at the Hotel Maya restaurant May 5, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. with live music from Vintage3 , such dinner specials as Shrimp and Octopus Tostada ($18), Chicken Mole ($32) and Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup ( $12), plus Fuego Street Tacos ($4) and drink deals. Reservations required. Call 562-481-3910 to book or use OpenTable. Located at 700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach.

HERMOSA TAQUERIA: The Tustin taqueria is serving hand-crafted margaritas and house-made salsas. Specials include tortilla soup, guacamole + chips, plus two-taco combo or burrito with bottomless margs, for $22 per person. For more info, call 657-660-5361 or visit this link. Located at Union Market Tustin, 2493 Park Ave., Tustin.

HOPDODDY BURGER BAR: Mark the day with the Fajita Burger, a burger loaded with queso, shaved sirloin, peppers & onions, chicken patty, pico de gallo, lettuce and bean purée. Follow up with churro fries - fried, tossed in cinnamon sugar and drizzled with dark chocolate sauce. Info here. Locations in El Segundo, Playa Vista, Tustin and Fashion Island in Newport Beach.

JIMBOY'S TACOS: This quintessential family business, that began in a trailer on Kings Beach in Lake Tahoe, is serving up its acclaimed fare, along with a new addition — a spicy, crispy Fried Chicken Taco, available through May. Locales here. See the star-studded, company history here.

JIMMY JOHN'S: While not at ALL Cinco-de-Mayo-related, the sandwich chain does have a promo worth a mention as it applies May 5 and will save you some bucks. Get $5 off orders of $20 or more using promo code "5OFF20" before placing an order online or via Jimmy John's App for pickup or contactless delivery. Info here. The deal runs through 13. Only available at participating locations. Find shops here.

LAS BRISAS: Celebrate at the iconic, O.C. cliffside restaurant with White Shrimp and Crab Ceviche, nachos and Elote, along with Las Brisas' margaritas and hand-crafted cocktails. Lunch and dinner menus available for dine-in, delivery and takeaway. See info here. Location: 361 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach.

MARKET TAVERN: The Original Farmers Market spot is hosting festivities with speciality tequila flights, Mexican beers, margaritas and Mexican-inspired pub food like fish tacos, queso fundido and more. Football and baseball games also will be airing on multiple TVs throughout the restaurant. Hours: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Located at 6333 West 3rd St., Los Angeles.

MIGUEL'S JR.: Happy Cinco de Mayo! Score Bean & Cheese or Bean, Rice & Cheese Burritos for $1.99 today, May 5, for Cinco de Mayo. Info here. Locations throughout Inland Empire and Orange counties.

MOUNTAIN MIKE'S PIZZA: Timed perfectly for Cinco de Mayo, the family-style pizza chain adds its new Mini Churrs™ to menus — "cinnamony-sweet, " bite-size churros that come in orders of 16 for $4.99. Location finder here.

PACIFIC CATCH: Book your spot to dine on a line-up of tacos, guac, chips, pescado asado & more, plus a bevy of margarita and drink specials. Book here online. Location finder here. Sites in Dublin, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Francisco and Walnut Creek.

RANDY'S DONUTS: "Made in the spirit of a Mexican fruit cup" and just in time for Cinco de Mayo, the donut empire is launching its "Mango Tajin Donut," a mango marmalade filled raised donut, topped with mango and tajin flavored icing and available at all locations throughout May. Find locations here.

RUBIO'S: For Cinco celebrations, diners get 20% off orders of $75 or more with coupon code: MKTG1134 at checkout. The offer expires May 7. See coupon here. Find nearby Rubio's here.
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RODEO 39 PUBLIC MARKET: The Orange County site is hosting a free, comedy night on Cinco De Mayo at Bearded Tang Brewery. Featured comedians: Alfonso Ochoa Ramon Hernandez Robert Amador Gabe Lubeand Frank Escalante. Info here. The laughs start at 8 p.m. At 12885 Beach Blvd., Stanton.

SOL MEXICAN COCINA: An exclusive menu — just for Cinco de Mayo — is available for dine-in only from 3 p.m. to close in Newport Beach and Playa Vista. Also, the Newport Beach location will provide live music for guests. (To-go orders can be placed over the phone.) Menu highlights: Naked Guacamole with Hass avocado Chorizo and Mushroom Con Queso Taco Vampiro Asada Taco Plates with the choice of two sides and SOL's specialty margaritas. Sites in Newport Beach and Playa Vista.

SOLITA TACOS: A dine-in-only, Cinco de Mayo menu will be available May 5 from 3 p.m. to close, featuring appetizers, tacos, and margaritas, plus live music at both locations. Menu highlights: Ceviche Tropicale with raw fish, lime, serrano chiles, cucumber, tropical fruit, salsa fresca & avocado Spicy Shrimp Tacos Street Taco Plates with sides and specialty drinks. To-go orders can be placed via the phone. Find info here. Solita is at 7631 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach and 24201 Valencia Blvd.in Valencia .

TACOS 1986: Off The Menu is partnering with Tacos 1986 at two locations. Off The Menu members will receive a complimentary perron, flour tortilla wrapped around cheese, pinto beans and guacamole, filled with either carne asada or mushroom, and a Topo Chico Hard Seltzer. In Los Angeles, Tacos 1986, 7235 Beverly Blvd., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for Off The Menu Members only. In Newport Beach, at The Helmsman, 2920 Newport Blvd., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. for Off The Menu Members and general public, with $5 dollar tacos for non-Off The Menu members. Pre-registration not available members show apps to redeem taco and drink. If not an Off The Menu member use code 'taco' to get $10 off first month and celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Details here.

TALLULA'S: The restaurant will be open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. for indoor and outdoor dining, with Chef Brad Long's specials, including Linda's Classic Taco Platters (old-school, grass-fed ground beef, hard-shell tacos), chile relleno and a seasonal ceviche, plus drink specials. Or order the takeout, Ultimate Party Pack ($185 for four to six) with a Nachos Sencillo Kit, Linda's Classic Taco Kit, chicken enchiladas, Caesar salad, rice pudding and bottle of margaritas. Info here. Located at 118 Entrada Drive, Santa Monica.

TEREMANA TEQUILA: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and his small-batch tequila brand, Teremana, are running "Guac on the Rock" promo through May 5 to support local eateries. Restaurant diners, 21 and over, who purchase a Teremana cocktail with order of guacamole will be reimbursed up to $10—whether they dine in or take out. To redeem the deal, upload itemized receipt to guacontherock.com or by scanning the unique QR code. To locate participating restaurants, go to "Find Us" page at Teremana.com. For information and rules, visit guacontherock.com.

TOCAYA ORGANICA: The Venice-founded chain is offering deals for May 5: For dine-in, it's $5.95 margaritas and $2.95 bottled beers or from Tocaya website & app, $2.95 bottled beers, $17.95 to-go margarita bottle . or the four-serving, "taco bar" to-go, featuring black beans, chips, salsa, pico de gallo, vegan chipotle crema, cabbage, cilantro & onions, corn tortillas, choice of two proteins and two quesos. Click here for info. Locations throughout Los Angeles County and in San Diego.

WABA GRILL: Perfect for Cindo de Mayo is Waba Grill's "It's everything you AVO wanted!," free "Half-Ocado™" promo that runs through May. Every entrée purchase is eligible to receive a "true half of a beautiful, thick, perfectly ripe avocado," in partnership with Avocados From Mexico . Info here. Locales throughout the Southland listed here.


Olé! To Cinco De Mayo: Where To Celebrate In 2021

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo 2021 on Wednesday, May 5, with specials from restaurants thoughout California. (Shutterstock) Hermosa Taqueria, inside Union Market Tustin, has $22 deal with bottomless margs on the menu. (Courtesy of Hermosa Taqueria) Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchens in Brea and Irvine have lobster tacos & festive sips on the menu. (Courtesy of Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen) "It's everything you AVO wanted" -- free, half avocados at WaBa Grill restaurants throughout Greater L.A. (Courtesy of WaBa Grill) Tallula’s "Cinco De Mayo Fiesta" offers indoor & outdoor dining, plus takeout party pack, in Santa Monica. (Photo credit: Lindsey Huttrer.) Chronic Tacos in the Southland have a $5 Cinco de Mayo special for 2021. (Courtesy of Chronic Tacos ) Perfectly timed with Cinco de Mayo, Mountain Mike’s Pizza adds new Mini Churrs™ - limited-time, “cinnamony-sweet” dessert bites. (Courtesy of Mountain Mike’s Pizza) Chicas Tacos opens in Venice on May 5 with exclusive dishes. (Courtesy of Chicas Tacos) Tocaya Organica offers in-house specials, plus a Cinco de My taco bar to-go from LA and San Diego locations. (Courtesy of Tocaya Organica) The "Butter Chicken Kulcha Chalupa Taco" is $5 on May 5 at Desi Contemporary in Campbell. (Courtesy of Desi Contemporary) Orange County's Rodeo 39 Public Market is hosting Cinco de Mayo comedy night. (Courtesy of Rodeo 39 Public Market) Las Brisas in Laguna Beach is prepping to welcome Cinco de Mayo guests with nachos, ceviche, cocktails & ocean views. (Credit: Allen Taylor) Special menu in the works at SOL Mexican Cocina in Playa Vista and Newport Beach. (Courtesy of SOL Mexican Cocina) A limited, dine-in-only menu is offered at Cinco de Mayo at Solita in Valencia and Huntington Beach. (Courtesy of Solita) Tallula’s in Santa Monica is prepping a Cinco De Mayo fiesta for on-site dining or to-go. (Photo Credit: Lindsey Huttrer) Azule Taqueria will celebrate with all-day, outdoor fest & music in Santa Monica. (Courtesy of Azule Taqueria) Catalina Island Museum in Avalon has family-friendly fiesta planned. (Courtesy of Catalina Island Museum) Randy’s Donuts (Courtesy of Randy’s Donuts) Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and tequila brand Teremana launch “Guac on the Rock" promotion for Cinco de Mayo 2021. (Courtesy of Teremana) A dollar-saving, Jimmy John’s promo coincides with Cinco de Mayo on May 5. (Courtesy of Jimmy John’s) Pacific Catch locales throughout the SF Bsy Area are prepping to celebrate with sips and taco deals. (Courtesy of Pacific Catch) The Family Burrito Box is among Rubio's menu options that could work for your Cinco de Mayo feasts. (Courtesy of Rubio's Coastal Grill) Tacos 1986 in Newport Beach and Los Angeles has May 5 specials planned for Off The Menu members. (Courtesy of Tacos 1986) Blaze Pizza locales introduce a new, Cinco-timed Chipotle Ranch Chicken Pizza, made with Tajín Clásico Seasoning. (Courtesy of Blaze Pizza) Celebrate with $1.99 deals - one day only - at Miguel's Jr. locales in Southern California. (Courtesy of Miguel's Jr.) Del Taco offers its Crunchtada® line-up free with purchase for Cinco de Mayo. (Photo: Business Wire)

CALIFORNIA— Cinco de Mayo this year falls on Wednesday, May 5, 2021— so a big o lé to a reason to celebrate mid-week with tasty Mexican dishes and drinks.

Need some celebration inspiration? Patch has you covered with nearby, to-go and on-site dining specials.

We know this list is just the tip of the iceberg for shout-out-worthy, Mexican restaurants and taquerias. Know of other Cinco stand-outs throughout the Golden State? Share with fellow Patch readers in the comment section.

A RESTAURANT: Chef Roberto is crafting a Mexican menu for Cinco de Mayo from May 4-6— a three day special for diners. Reservations here. A Restaurant is at 3334 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach .

ALBERTO'S CANTINA: Celebrate with live mariachi music courtesy of @cazadores 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., plus great food and tequila. Seating both inside and out. Alberto's is at 435 Main St., Pleasanton. Info here.

APPLEBEE'S: Springtime = Tequila Time for the month of May, with $5 Strawberry Daq-A-Ritas (half-margarita, half-daiquiri made with 1800 Reposado Tequila, Bacardi, strawberry and margarita mix) and the new, $5 Tipsy Shark (a Pacific-inspired margarita with 1800 Reposado Tequila, blue curacao, pineapple juice, and margarita mix topped with a gummy shark). Details here.

AZULE TAQUEIRA: An all-day, outdoor beer-garden celebration is planned at Third Street Promenade locale, featuring $5, 16-ounce draft beers, $35 buckets of Estrella Jalisco Michelada Tall Boys and outdoor bar set-up with live music. For dining: $30 Azule Taco Boxes (10 tacos of choice + salsa) $40 Azule Taco Kit (24 tortillas, vegan rice & beans, onions + peppers, queso fresco and chips & salsa) and $35 Azule Burrito Boxes (four burritos + chips & salsa). Food orders in-store or online at ordersocialeats.com. View menu here. Azule info here. Located at 1315 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica.

BLAZE PIZZA: Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, the chain launches a partnership with Tajín Clásico Seasoning that includes a Chipotle Ranch Chicken Pizza (with chipotle ranch, grilled chicken, fire roasted corn Tajín), available through June 9. On May 5, Blaze will give away more than 50,000 mini bottles of Tajín at restaurants nationwide with any pizza order, while supplies last. Info here. Find locations here.

BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO.: Step on in May 5 for "Five Fried Shrimp and Fries" for $5 and $6 Frozen Margaritas. Súper! See here for details. Locations in Anaheim, Hollywood, Long Beach, Monterey, San Francisco and Santa Monica.

CATALINA ISLAND MUSEUM: An in-person, Cinco de Mayo celebration is planned May 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. outside in Catalina Island Museum's open-air plaza. Entertainment, a taco bar from Coyote Joe's and kids' piñata craft planned. Info here. The museum is at 217 Metropole Ave., Avalon.

CHA CHA'S LATIN KITCHEN: Putting modern twists on classics, the restaurants are featuring lobster tacos (maseca-dusted lobster tail, cabbage, pico de gallo, avocado and chipotle aioli) and homemade chicken mole enchiladas (chicken simmered with Doña Maria mole in corn tortillas), plus festive sips from the bar. Menu here. Reservations advised. Go here to book. Locations in Brea and Irvine.

CHEVYS FRESH MEX: Join the restaurant's fiestas, with mariachi bands, DJs, margaritas, beers, shots & tacos from 3 p.m.to close at cantinas & outdoor patios. California locations found here.

CHICAS TACOS: Bringing flavor and Mexican culinary favorites to Venice, along with some exclusive dishes just for Dogtown, is the fast casual, award-winning taco company opening May 5 — just in time for Cinco de Mayo — inside Whole Foods Market, 225 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. Music & fun planned. Info here.

CHRONIC TACOS: Celebrate Cinco De Mayo all day Wednesday, May 5 with a two-taco plate for $5 with drink purchase. Pick from al pastor, pollo asado, carnitas or fajita veggies, then add favorite toppings. Promotion excludes, fish, shrimp, steak and beyond beef. The offer is available in store or via online ordering and Chronic Tacos app. Find eateries here in Riverside, Los Angeles and Orange counties.

DEL TACO: Get a "Crunchtada" free with $3 purchase using the offer in the Del Taco app on May 5. The Mexican pizza-ish Crunchtada offers toppings stacked on top of a large, 6-1/2-inch, freshly fried tortilla. Details here. Del Taco location finder here.

DESCANSO MEXICAN RESTAURANT: Cinco de Mayo happy hour meets Wine Wednesday specials all day at the Costa Mesa eatery. Live music begins at 7 p.m. The modern taqueria specializes in authentic Mexican flavors and recipes. Don't miss the new spring margarita . the WATERMELONRITA. Make reservations at 714.486.3798 or online. Descanso is at 1555 Adams Ave., Costa Mesa.

DESI CONTEMPORARY: The Campbell eatery is offering "5/5 specials," with a $5 menu, featuring Butter Chicken Kulcha Chalupa Tacos (vegetarian Pinde Chole option also available), plus $5 celebratory craft cocktails. See website here. Desi Contemprary is at 501 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell.

EL TORITO GRILL: The Brea locale will celebrate Wednesday from 3 p.m. to close with $3 tacos for dine-in patrons. Also planned are satellite drink stations, with hand-crafted specialty drinks, and live music. Info. The restaurant is at 555 Pointe Drive, Brea.

EL POLLO LOCO: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with five tacos for the price of two: When you buy two Tacos al Carbon on May 5, the restaurant will give you three more free. And, as an added bonus, order them online for a free, 5-ounce Tapatío bottle, while supplies last. Details here. Find locations here.

FUEGO: It's Cinco de "Maya" time at the Hotel Maya restaurant May 5, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. with live music from Vintage3 , such dinner specials as Shrimp and Octopus Tostada ($18), Chicken Mole ($32) and Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup ( $12), plus Fuego Street Tacos ($4) and drink deals. Reservations required. Call 562-481-3910 to book or use OpenTable. Located at 700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach.

HERMOSA TAQUERIA: The Tustin taqueria is serving hand-crafted margaritas and house-made salsas. Specials include tortilla soup, guacamole + chips, plus two-taco combo or burrito with bottomless margs, for $22 per person. For more info, call 657-660-5361 or visit this link. Located at Union Market Tustin, 2493 Park Ave., Tustin.

HOPDODDY BURGER BAR: Mark the day with the Fajita Burger, a burger loaded with queso, shaved sirloin, peppers & onions, chicken patty, pico de gallo, lettuce and bean purée. Follow up with churro fries - fried, tossed in cinnamon sugar and drizzled with dark chocolate sauce. Info here. Locations in El Segundo, Playa Vista, Tustin and Fashion Island in Newport Beach.

JIMBOY'S TACOS: This quintessential family business, that began in a trailer on Kings Beach in Lake Tahoe, is serving up its acclaimed fare, along with a new addition — a spicy, crispy Fried Chicken Taco, available through May. Locales here. See the star-studded, company history here.

JIMMY JOHN'S: While not at ALL Cinco-de-Mayo-related, the sandwich chain does have a promo worth a mention as it applies May 5 and will save you some bucks. Get $5 off orders of $20 or more using promo code "5OFF20" before placing an order online or via Jimmy John's App for pickup or contactless delivery. Info here. The deal runs through 13. Only available at participating locations. Find shops here.

LAS BRISAS: Celebrate at the iconic, O.C. cliffside restaurant with White Shrimp and Crab Ceviche, nachos and Elote, along with Las Brisas' margaritas and hand-crafted cocktails. Lunch and dinner menus available for dine-in, delivery and takeaway. See info here. Location: 361 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach.

MARKET TAVERN: The Original Farmers Market spot is hosting festivities with speciality tequila flights, Mexican beers, margaritas and Mexican-inspired pub food like fish tacos, queso fundido and more. Football and baseball games also will be airing on multiple TVs throughout the restaurant. Hours: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Located at 6333 West 3rd St., Los Angeles.

MIGUEL'S JR.: Happy Cinco de Mayo! Score Bean & Cheese or Bean, Rice & Cheese Burritos for $1.99 today, May 5, for Cinco de Mayo. Info here. Locations throughout Inland Empire and Orange counties.

MOUNTAIN MIKE'S PIZZA: Timed perfectly for Cinco de Mayo, the family-style pizza chain adds its new Mini Churrs™ to menus — "cinnamony-sweet, " bite-size churros that come in orders of 16 for $4.99. Location finder here.

PACIFIC CATCH: Book your spot to dine on a line-up of tacos, guac, chips, pescado asado & more, plus a bevy of margarita and drink specials. Book here online. Location finder here. Sites in Dublin, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Francisco and Walnut Creek.

RANDY'S DONUTS: "Made in the spirit of a Mexican fruit cup" and just in time for Cinco de Mayo, the donut empire is launching its "Mango Tajin Donut," a mango marmalade filled raised donut, topped with mango and tajin flavored icing and available at all locations throughout May. Find locations here.

RUBIO'S: For Cinco celebrations, diners get 20% off orders of $75 or more with coupon code: MKTG1134 at checkout. The offer expires May 7. See coupon here. Find nearby Rubio's here.
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RODEO 39 PUBLIC MARKET: The Orange County site is hosting a free, comedy night on Cinco De Mayo at Bearded Tang Brewery. Featured comedians: Alfonso Ochoa Ramon Hernandez Robert Amador Gabe Lubeand Frank Escalante. Info here. The laughs start at 8 p.m. At 12885 Beach Blvd., Stanton.

SOL MEXICAN COCINA: An exclusive menu — just for Cinco de Mayo — is available for dine-in only from 3 p.m. to close in Newport Beach and Playa Vista. Also, the Newport Beach location will provide live music for guests. (To-go orders can be placed over the phone.) Menu highlights: Naked Guacamole with Hass avocado Chorizo and Mushroom Con Queso Taco Vampiro Asada Taco Plates with the choice of two sides and SOL's specialty margaritas. Sites in Newport Beach and Playa Vista.

SOLITA TACOS: A dine-in-only, Cinco de Mayo menu will be available May 5 from 3 p.m. to close, featuring appetizers, tacos, and margaritas, plus live music at both locations. Menu highlights: Ceviche Tropicale with raw fish, lime, serrano chiles, cucumber, tropical fruit, salsa fresca & avocado Spicy Shrimp Tacos Street Taco Plates with sides and specialty drinks. To-go orders can be placed via the phone. Find info here. Solita is at 7631 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach and 24201 Valencia Blvd.in Valencia .

TACOS 1986: Off The Menu is partnering with Tacos 1986 at two locations. Off The Menu members will receive a complimentary perron, flour tortilla wrapped around cheese, pinto beans and guacamole, filled with either carne asada or mushroom, and a Topo Chico Hard Seltzer. In Los Angeles, Tacos 1986, 7235 Beverly Blvd., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for Off The Menu Members only. In Newport Beach, at The Helmsman, 2920 Newport Blvd., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. for Off The Menu Members and general public, with $5 dollar tacos for non-Off The Menu members. Pre-registration not available members show apps to redeem taco and drink. If not an Off The Menu member use code 'taco' to get $10 off first month and celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Details here.

TALLULA'S: The restaurant will be open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. for indoor and outdoor dining, with Chef Brad Long's specials, including Linda's Classic Taco Platters (old-school, grass-fed ground beef, hard-shell tacos), chile relleno and a seasonal ceviche, plus drink specials. Or order the takeout, Ultimate Party Pack ($185 for four to six) with a Nachos Sencillo Kit, Linda's Classic Taco Kit, chicken enchiladas, Caesar salad, rice pudding and bottle of margaritas. Info here. Located at 118 Entrada Drive, Santa Monica.

TEREMANA TEQUILA: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and his small-batch tequila brand, Teremana, are running "Guac on the Rock" promo through May 5 to support local eateries. Restaurant diners, 21 and over, who purchase a Teremana cocktail with order of guacamole will be reimbursed up to $10—whether they dine in or take out. To redeem the deal, upload itemized receipt to guacontherock.com or by scanning the unique QR code. To locate participating restaurants, go to "Find Us" page at Teremana.com. For information and rules, visit guacontherock.com.

TOCAYA ORGANICA: The Venice-founded chain is offering deals for May 5: For dine-in, it's $5.95 margaritas and $2.95 bottled beers or from Tocaya website & app, $2.95 bottled beers, $17.95 to-go margarita bottle . or the four-serving, "taco bar" to-go, featuring black beans, chips, salsa, pico de gallo, vegan chipotle crema, cabbage, cilantro & onions, corn tortillas, choice of two proteins and two quesos. Click here for info. Locations throughout Los Angeles County and in San Diego.

WABA GRILL: Perfect for Cindo de Mayo is Waba Grill's "It's everything you AVO wanted!," free "Half-Ocado™" promo that runs through May. Every entrée purchase is eligible to receive a "true half of a beautiful, thick, perfectly ripe avocado," in partnership with Avocados From Mexico . Info here. Locales throughout the Southland listed here.


Olé! To Cinco De Mayo: Where To Celebrate In 2021

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo 2021 on Wednesday, May 5, with specials from restaurants thoughout California. (Shutterstock) Hermosa Taqueria, inside Union Market Tustin, has $22 deal with bottomless margs on the menu. (Courtesy of Hermosa Taqueria) Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchens in Brea and Irvine have lobster tacos & festive sips on the menu. (Courtesy of Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen) "It's everything you AVO wanted" -- free, half avocados at WaBa Grill restaurants throughout Greater L.A. (Courtesy of WaBa Grill) Tallula’s "Cinco De Mayo Fiesta" offers indoor & outdoor dining, plus takeout party pack, in Santa Monica. (Photo credit: Lindsey Huttrer.) Chronic Tacos in the Southland have a $5 Cinco de Mayo special for 2021. (Courtesy of Chronic Tacos ) Perfectly timed with Cinco de Mayo, Mountain Mike’s Pizza adds new Mini Churrs™ - limited-time, “cinnamony-sweet” dessert bites. (Courtesy of Mountain Mike’s Pizza) Chicas Tacos opens in Venice on May 5 with exclusive dishes. (Courtesy of Chicas Tacos) Tocaya Organica offers in-house specials, plus a Cinco de My taco bar to-go from LA and San Diego locations. (Courtesy of Tocaya Organica) The "Butter Chicken Kulcha Chalupa Taco" is $5 on May 5 at Desi Contemporary in Campbell. (Courtesy of Desi Contemporary) Orange County's Rodeo 39 Public Market is hosting Cinco de Mayo comedy night. (Courtesy of Rodeo 39 Public Market) Las Brisas in Laguna Beach is prepping to welcome Cinco de Mayo guests with nachos, ceviche, cocktails & ocean views. (Credit: Allen Taylor) Special menu in the works at SOL Mexican Cocina in Playa Vista and Newport Beach. (Courtesy of SOL Mexican Cocina) A limited, dine-in-only menu is offered at Cinco de Mayo at Solita in Valencia and Huntington Beach. (Courtesy of Solita) Tallula’s in Santa Monica is prepping a Cinco De Mayo fiesta for on-site dining or to-go. (Photo Credit: Lindsey Huttrer) Azule Taqueria will celebrate with all-day, outdoor fest & music in Santa Monica. (Courtesy of Azule Taqueria) Catalina Island Museum in Avalon has family-friendly fiesta planned. (Courtesy of Catalina Island Museum) Randy’s Donuts (Courtesy of Randy’s Donuts) Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and tequila brand Teremana launch “Guac on the Rock" promotion for Cinco de Mayo 2021. (Courtesy of Teremana) A dollar-saving, Jimmy John’s promo coincides with Cinco de Mayo on May 5. (Courtesy of Jimmy John’s) Pacific Catch locales throughout the SF Bsy Area are prepping to celebrate with sips and taco deals. (Courtesy of Pacific Catch) The Family Burrito Box is among Rubio's menu options that could work for your Cinco de Mayo feasts. (Courtesy of Rubio's Coastal Grill) Tacos 1986 in Newport Beach and Los Angeles has May 5 specials planned for Off The Menu members. (Courtesy of Tacos 1986) Blaze Pizza locales introduce a new, Cinco-timed Chipotle Ranch Chicken Pizza, made with Tajín Clásico Seasoning. (Courtesy of Blaze Pizza) Celebrate with $1.99 deals - one day only - at Miguel's Jr. locales in Southern California. (Courtesy of Miguel's Jr.) Del Taco offers its Crunchtada® line-up free with purchase for Cinco de Mayo. (Photo: Business Wire)

CALIFORNIA— Cinco de Mayo this year falls on Wednesday, May 5, 2021— so a big o lé to a reason to celebrate mid-week with tasty Mexican dishes and drinks.

Need some celebration inspiration? Patch has you covered with nearby, to-go and on-site dining specials.

We know this list is just the tip of the iceberg for shout-out-worthy, Mexican restaurants and taquerias. Know of other Cinco stand-outs throughout the Golden State? Share with fellow Patch readers in the comment section.

A RESTAURANT: Chef Roberto is crafting a Mexican menu for Cinco de Mayo from May 4-6— a three day special for diners. Reservations here. A Restaurant is at 3334 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach .

ALBERTO'S CANTINA: Celebrate with live mariachi music courtesy of @cazadores 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., plus great food and tequila. Seating both inside and out. Alberto's is at 435 Main St., Pleasanton. Info here.

APPLEBEE'S: Springtime = Tequila Time for the month of May, with $5 Strawberry Daq-A-Ritas (half-margarita, half-daiquiri made with 1800 Reposado Tequila, Bacardi, strawberry and margarita mix) and the new, $5 Tipsy Shark (a Pacific-inspired margarita with 1800 Reposado Tequila, blue curacao, pineapple juice, and margarita mix topped with a gummy shark). Details here.

AZULE TAQUEIRA: An all-day, outdoor beer-garden celebration is planned at Third Street Promenade locale, featuring $5, 16-ounce draft beers, $35 buckets of Estrella Jalisco Michelada Tall Boys and outdoor bar set-up with live music. For dining: $30 Azule Taco Boxes (10 tacos of choice + salsa) $40 Azule Taco Kit (24 tortillas, vegan rice & beans, onions + peppers, queso fresco and chips & salsa) and $35 Azule Burrito Boxes (four burritos + chips & salsa). Food orders in-store or online at ordersocialeats.com. View menu here. Azule info here. Located at 1315 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica.

BLAZE PIZZA: Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, the chain launches a partnership with Tajín Clásico Seasoning that includes a Chipotle Ranch Chicken Pizza (with chipotle ranch, grilled chicken, fire roasted corn Tajín), available through June 9. On May 5, Blaze will give away more than 50,000 mini bottles of Tajín at restaurants nationwide with any pizza order, while supplies last. Info here. Find locations here.

BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO.: Step on in May 5 for "Five Fried Shrimp and Fries" for $5 and $6 Frozen Margaritas. Súper! See here for details. Locations in Anaheim, Hollywood, Long Beach, Monterey, San Francisco and Santa Monica.

CATALINA ISLAND MUSEUM: An in-person, Cinco de Mayo celebration is planned May 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. outside in Catalina Island Museum's open-air plaza. Entertainment, a taco bar from Coyote Joe's and kids' piñata craft planned. Info here. The museum is at 217 Metropole Ave., Avalon.

CHA CHA'S LATIN KITCHEN: Putting modern twists on classics, the restaurants are featuring lobster tacos (maseca-dusted lobster tail, cabbage, pico de gallo, avocado and chipotle aioli) and homemade chicken mole enchiladas (chicken simmered with Doña Maria mole in corn tortillas), plus festive sips from the bar. Menu here. Reservations advised. Go here to book. Locations in Brea and Irvine.

CHEVYS FRESH MEX: Join the restaurant's fiestas, with mariachi bands, DJs, margaritas, beers, shots & tacos from 3 p.m.to close at cantinas & outdoor patios. California locations found here.

CHICAS TACOS: Bringing flavor and Mexican culinary favorites to Venice, along with some exclusive dishes just for Dogtown, is the fast casual, award-winning taco company opening May 5 — just in time for Cinco de Mayo — inside Whole Foods Market, 225 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. Music & fun planned. Info here.

CHRONIC TACOS: Celebrate Cinco De Mayo all day Wednesday, May 5 with a two-taco plate for $5 with drink purchase. Pick from al pastor, pollo asado, carnitas or fajita veggies, then add favorite toppings. Promotion excludes, fish, shrimp, steak and beyond beef. The offer is available in store or via online ordering and Chronic Tacos app. Find eateries here in Riverside, Los Angeles and Orange counties.

DEL TACO: Get a "Crunchtada" free with $3 purchase using the offer in the Del Taco app on May 5. The Mexican pizza-ish Crunchtada offers toppings stacked on top of a large, 6-1/2-inch, freshly fried tortilla. Details here. Del Taco location finder here.

DESCANSO MEXICAN RESTAURANT: Cinco de Mayo happy hour meets Wine Wednesday specials all day at the Costa Mesa eatery. Live music begins at 7 p.m. The modern taqueria specializes in authentic Mexican flavors and recipes. Don't miss the new spring margarita . the WATERMELONRITA. Make reservations at 714.486.3798 or online. Descanso is at 1555 Adams Ave., Costa Mesa.

DESI CONTEMPORARY: The Campbell eatery is offering "5/5 specials," with a $5 menu, featuring Butter Chicken Kulcha Chalupa Tacos (vegetarian Pinde Chole option also available), plus $5 celebratory craft cocktails. See website here. Desi Contemprary is at 501 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell.

EL TORITO GRILL: The Brea locale will celebrate Wednesday from 3 p.m. to close with $3 tacos for dine-in patrons. Also planned are satellite drink stations, with hand-crafted specialty drinks, and live music. Info. The restaurant is at 555 Pointe Drive, Brea.

EL POLLO LOCO: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with five tacos for the price of two: When you buy two Tacos al Carbon on May 5, the restaurant will give you three more free. And, as an added bonus, order them online for a free, 5-ounce Tapatío bottle, while supplies last. Details here. Find locations here.

FUEGO: It's Cinco de "Maya" time at the Hotel Maya restaurant May 5, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. with live music from Vintage3 , such dinner specials as Shrimp and Octopus Tostada ($18), Chicken Mole ($32) and Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup ( $12), plus Fuego Street Tacos ($4) and drink deals. Reservations required. Call 562-481-3910 to book or use OpenTable. Located at 700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach.

HERMOSA TAQUERIA: The Tustin taqueria is serving hand-crafted margaritas and house-made salsas. Specials include tortilla soup, guacamole + chips, plus two-taco combo or burrito with bottomless margs, for $22 per person. For more info, call 657-660-5361 or visit this link. Located at Union Market Tustin, 2493 Park Ave., Tustin.

HOPDODDY BURGER BAR: Mark the day with the Fajita Burger, a burger loaded with queso, shaved sirloin, peppers & onions, chicken patty, pico de gallo, lettuce and bean purée. Follow up with churro fries - fried, tossed in cinnamon sugar and drizzled with dark chocolate sauce. Info here. Locations in El Segundo, Playa Vista, Tustin and Fashion Island in Newport Beach.

JIMBOY'S TACOS: This quintessential family business, that began in a trailer on Kings Beach in Lake Tahoe, is serving up its acclaimed fare, along with a new addition — a spicy, crispy Fried Chicken Taco, available through May. Locales here. See the star-studded, company history here.

JIMMY JOHN'S: While not at ALL Cinco-de-Mayo-related, the sandwich chain does have a promo worth a mention as it applies May 5 and will save you some bucks. Get $5 off orders of $20 or more using promo code "5OFF20" before placing an order online or via Jimmy John's App for pickup or contactless delivery. Info here. The deal runs through 13. Only available at participating locations. Find shops here.

LAS BRISAS: Celebrate at the iconic, O.C. cliffside restaurant with White Shrimp and Crab Ceviche, nachos and Elote, along with Las Brisas' margaritas and hand-crafted cocktails. Lunch and dinner menus available for dine-in, delivery and takeaway. See info here. Location: 361 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach.

MARKET TAVERN: The Original Farmers Market spot is hosting festivities with speciality tequila flights, Mexican beers, margaritas and Mexican-inspired pub food like fish tacos, queso fundido and more. Football and baseball games also will be airing on multiple TVs throughout the restaurant. Hours: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Located at 6333 West 3rd St., Los Angeles.

MIGUEL'S JR.: Happy Cinco de Mayo! Score Bean & Cheese or Bean, Rice & Cheese Burritos for $1.99 today, May 5, for Cinco de Mayo. Info here. Locations throughout Inland Empire and Orange counties.

MOUNTAIN MIKE'S PIZZA: Timed perfectly for Cinco de Mayo, the family-style pizza chain adds its new Mini Churrs™ to menus — "cinnamony-sweet, " bite-size churros that come in orders of 16 for $4.99. Location finder here.

PACIFIC CATCH: Book your spot to dine on a line-up of tacos, guac, chips, pescado asado & more, plus a bevy of margarita and drink specials. Book here online. Location finder here. Sites in Dublin, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Francisco and Walnut Creek.

RANDY'S DONUTS: "Made in the spirit of a Mexican fruit cup" and just in time for Cinco de Mayo, the donut empire is launching its "Mango Tajin Donut," a mango marmalade filled raised donut, topped with mango and tajin flavored icing and available at all locations throughout May. Find locations here.

RUBIO'S: For Cinco celebrations, diners get 20% off orders of $75 or more with coupon code: MKTG1134 at checkout. The offer expires May 7. See coupon here. Find nearby Rubio's here.
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RODEO 39 PUBLIC MARKET: The Orange County site is hosting a free, comedy night on Cinco De Mayo at Bearded Tang Brewery. Featured comedians: Alfonso Ochoa Ramon Hernandez Robert Amador Gabe Lubeand Frank Escalante. Info here. The laughs start at 8 p.m. At 12885 Beach Blvd., Stanton.

SOL MEXICAN COCINA: An exclusive menu — just for Cinco de Mayo — is available for dine-in only from 3 p.m. to close in Newport Beach and Playa Vista. Also, the Newport Beach location will provide live music for guests. (To-go orders can be placed over the phone.) Menu highlights: Naked Guacamole with Hass avocado Chorizo and Mushroom Con Queso Taco Vampiro Asada Taco Plates with the choice of two sides and SOL's specialty margaritas. Sites in Newport Beach and Playa Vista.

SOLITA TACOS: A dine-in-only, Cinco de Mayo menu will be available May 5 from 3 p.m. to close, featuring appetizers, tacos, and margaritas, plus live music at both locations. Menu highlights: Ceviche Tropicale with raw fish, lime, serrano chiles, cucumber, tropical fruit, salsa fresca & avocado Spicy Shrimp Tacos Street Taco Plates with sides and specialty drinks. To-go orders can be placed via the phone. Find info here. Solita is at 7631 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach and 24201 Valencia Blvd.in Valencia .

TACOS 1986: Off The Menu is partnering with Tacos 1986 at two locations. Off The Menu members will receive a complimentary perron, flour tortilla wrapped around cheese, pinto beans and guacamole, filled with either carne asada or mushroom, and a Topo Chico Hard Seltzer. In Los Angeles, Tacos 1986, 7235 Beverly Blvd., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for Off The Menu Members only. In Newport Beach, at The Helmsman, 2920 Newport Blvd., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. for Off The Menu Members and general public, with $5 dollar tacos for non-Off The Menu members. Pre-registration not available members show apps to redeem taco and drink. If not an Off The Menu member use code 'taco' to get $10 off first month and celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Details here.

TALLULA'S: The restaurant will be open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. for indoor and outdoor dining, with Chef Brad Long's specials, including Linda's Classic Taco Platters (old-school, grass-fed ground beef, hard-shell tacos), chile relleno and a seasonal ceviche, plus drink specials. Or order the takeout, Ultimate Party Pack ($185 for four to six) with a Nachos Sencillo Kit, Linda's Classic Taco Kit, chicken enchiladas, Caesar salad, rice pudding and bottle of margaritas. Info here. Located at 118 Entrada Drive, Santa Monica.

TEREMANA TEQUILA: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and his small-batch tequila brand, Teremana, are running "Guac on the Rock" promo through May 5 to support local eateries. Restaurant diners, 21 and over, who purchase a Teremana cocktail with order of guacamole will be reimbursed up to $10—whether they dine in or take out. To redeem the deal, upload itemized receipt to guacontherock.com or by scanning the unique QR code. To locate participating restaurants, go to "Find Us" page at Teremana.com. For information and rules, visit guacontherock.com.

TOCAYA ORGANICA: The Venice-founded chain is offering deals for May 5: For dine-in, it's $5.95 margaritas and $2.95 bottled beers or from Tocaya website & app, $2.95 bottled beers, $17.95 to-go margarita bottle . or the four-serving, "taco bar" to-go, featuring black beans, chips, salsa, pico de gallo, vegan chipotle crema, cabbage, cilantro & onions, corn tortillas, choice of two proteins and two quesos. Click here for info. Locations throughout Los Angeles County and in San Diego.

WABA GRILL: Perfect for Cindo de Mayo is Waba Grill's "It's everything you AVO wanted!," free "Half-Ocado™" promo that runs through May. Every entrée purchase is eligible to receive a "true half of a beautiful, thick, perfectly ripe avocado," in partnership with Avocados From Mexico . Info here. Locales throughout the Southland listed here.


Olé! To Cinco De Mayo: Where To Celebrate In 2021

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo 2021 on Wednesday, May 5, with specials from restaurants thoughout California. (Shutterstock) Hermosa Taqueria, inside Union Market Tustin, has $22 deal with bottomless margs on the menu. (Courtesy of Hermosa Taqueria) Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchens in Brea and Irvine have lobster tacos & festive sips on the menu. (Courtesy of Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen) "It's everything you AVO wanted" -- free, half avocados at WaBa Grill restaurants throughout Greater L.A. (Courtesy of WaBa Grill) Tallula’s "Cinco De Mayo Fiesta" offers indoor & outdoor dining, plus takeout party pack, in Santa Monica. (Photo credit: Lindsey Huttrer.) Chronic Tacos in the Southland have a $5 Cinco de Mayo special for 2021. (Courtesy of Chronic Tacos ) Perfectly timed with Cinco de Mayo, Mountain Mike’s Pizza adds new Mini Churrs™ - limited-time, “cinnamony-sweet” dessert bites. (Courtesy of Mountain Mike’s Pizza) Chicas Tacos opens in Venice on May 5 with exclusive dishes. (Courtesy of Chicas Tacos) Tocaya Organica offers in-house specials, plus a Cinco de My taco bar to-go from LA and San Diego locations. (Courtesy of Tocaya Organica) The "Butter Chicken Kulcha Chalupa Taco" is $5 on May 5 at Desi Contemporary in Campbell. (Courtesy of Desi Contemporary) Orange County's Rodeo 39 Public Market is hosting Cinco de Mayo comedy night. (Courtesy of Rodeo 39 Public Market) Las Brisas in Laguna Beach is prepping to welcome Cinco de Mayo guests with nachos, ceviche, cocktails & ocean views. (Credit: Allen Taylor) Special menu in the works at SOL Mexican Cocina in Playa Vista and Newport Beach. (Courtesy of SOL Mexican Cocina) A limited, dine-in-only menu is offered at Cinco de Mayo at Solita in Valencia and Huntington Beach. (Courtesy of Solita) Tallula’s in Santa Monica is prepping a Cinco De Mayo fiesta for on-site dining or to-go. (Photo Credit: Lindsey Huttrer) Azule Taqueria will celebrate with all-day, outdoor fest & music in Santa Monica. (Courtesy of Azule Taqueria) Catalina Island Museum in Avalon has family-friendly fiesta planned. (Courtesy of Catalina Island Museum) Randy’s Donuts (Courtesy of Randy’s Donuts) Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and tequila brand Teremana launch “Guac on the Rock" promotion for Cinco de Mayo 2021. (Courtesy of Teremana) A dollar-saving, Jimmy John’s promo coincides with Cinco de Mayo on May 5. (Courtesy of Jimmy John’s) Pacific Catch locales throughout the SF Bsy Area are prepping to celebrate with sips and taco deals. (Courtesy of Pacific Catch) The Family Burrito Box is among Rubio's menu options that could work for your Cinco de Mayo feasts. (Courtesy of Rubio's Coastal Grill) Tacos 1986 in Newport Beach and Los Angeles has May 5 specials planned for Off The Menu members. (Courtesy of Tacos 1986) Blaze Pizza locales introduce a new, Cinco-timed Chipotle Ranch Chicken Pizza, made with Tajín Clásico Seasoning. (Courtesy of Blaze Pizza) Celebrate with $1.99 deals - one day only - at Miguel's Jr. locales in Southern California. (Courtesy of Miguel's Jr.) Del Taco offers its Crunchtada® line-up free with purchase for Cinco de Mayo. (Photo: Business Wire)

CALIFORNIA— Cinco de Mayo this year falls on Wednesday, May 5, 2021— so a big o lé to a reason to celebrate mid-week with tasty Mexican dishes and drinks.

Need some celebration inspiration? Patch has you covered with nearby, to-go and on-site dining specials.

We know this list is just the tip of the iceberg for shout-out-worthy, Mexican restaurants and taquerias. Know of other Cinco stand-outs throughout the Golden State? Share with fellow Patch readers in the comment section.

A RESTAURANT: Chef Roberto is crafting a Mexican menu for Cinco de Mayo from May 4-6— a three day special for diners. Reservations here. A Restaurant is at 3334 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach .

ALBERTO'S CANTINA: Celebrate with live mariachi music courtesy of @cazadores 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., plus great food and tequila. Seating both inside and out. Alberto's is at 435 Main St., Pleasanton. Info here.

APPLEBEE'S: Springtime = Tequila Time for the month of May, with $5 Strawberry Daq-A-Ritas (half-margarita, half-daiquiri made with 1800 Reposado Tequila, Bacardi, strawberry and margarita mix) and the new, $5 Tipsy Shark (a Pacific-inspired margarita with 1800 Reposado Tequila, blue curacao, pineapple juice, and margarita mix topped with a gummy shark). Details here.

AZULE TAQUEIRA: An all-day, outdoor beer-garden celebration is planned at Third Street Promenade locale, featuring $5, 16-ounce draft beers, $35 buckets of Estrella Jalisco Michelada Tall Boys and outdoor bar set-up with live music. For dining: $30 Azule Taco Boxes (10 tacos of choice + salsa) $40 Azule Taco Kit (24 tortillas, vegan rice & beans, onions + peppers, queso fresco and chips & salsa) and $35 Azule Burrito Boxes (four burritos + chips & salsa). Food orders in-store or online at ordersocialeats.com. View menu here. Azule info here. Located at 1315 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica.

BLAZE PIZZA: Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, the chain launches a partnership with Tajín Clásico Seasoning that includes a Chipotle Ranch Chicken Pizza (with chipotle ranch, grilled chicken, fire roasted corn Tajín), available through June 9. On May 5, Blaze will give away more than 50,000 mini bottles of Tajín at restaurants nationwide with any pizza order, while supplies last. Info here. Find locations here.

BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO.: Step on in May 5 for "Five Fried Shrimp and Fries" for $5 and $6 Frozen Margaritas. Súper! See here for details. Locations in Anaheim, Hollywood, Long Beach, Monterey, San Francisco and Santa Monica.

CATALINA ISLAND MUSEUM: An in-person, Cinco de Mayo celebration is planned May 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. outside in Catalina Island Museum's open-air plaza. Entertainment, a taco bar from Coyote Joe's and kids' piñata craft planned. Info here. The museum is at 217 Metropole Ave., Avalon.

CHA CHA'S LATIN KITCHEN: Putting modern twists on classics, the restaurants are featuring lobster tacos (maseca-dusted lobster tail, cabbage, pico de gallo, avocado and chipotle aioli) and homemade chicken mole enchiladas (chicken simmered with Doña Maria mole in corn tortillas), plus festive sips from the bar. Menu here. Reservations advised. Go here to book. Locations in Brea and Irvine.

CHEVYS FRESH MEX: Join the restaurant's fiestas, with mariachi bands, DJs, margaritas, beers, shots & tacos from 3 p.m.to close at cantinas & outdoor patios. California locations found here.

CHICAS TACOS: Bringing flavor and Mexican culinary favorites to Venice, along with some exclusive dishes just for Dogtown, is the fast casual, award-winning taco company opening May 5 — just in time for Cinco de Mayo — inside Whole Foods Market, 225 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. Music & fun planned. Info here.

CHRONIC TACOS: Celebrate Cinco De Mayo all day Wednesday, May 5 with a two-taco plate for $5 with drink purchase. Pick from al pastor, pollo asado, carnitas or fajita veggies, then add favorite toppings. Promotion excludes, fish, shrimp, steak and beyond beef. The offer is available in store or via online ordering and Chronic Tacos app. Find eateries here in Riverside, Los Angeles and Orange counties.

DEL TACO: Get a "Crunchtada" free with $3 purchase using the offer in the Del Taco app on May 5. The Mexican pizza-ish Crunchtada offers toppings stacked on top of a large, 6-1/2-inch, freshly fried tortilla. Details here. Del Taco location finder here.

DESCANSO MEXICAN RESTAURANT: Cinco de Mayo happy hour meets Wine Wednesday specials all day at the Costa Mesa eatery. Live music begins at 7 p.m. The modern taqueria specializes in authentic Mexican flavors and recipes. Don't miss the new spring margarita . the WATERMELONRITA. Make reservations at 714.486.3798 or online. Descanso is at 1555 Adams Ave., Costa Mesa.

DESI CONTEMPORARY: The Campbell eatery is offering "5/5 specials," with a $5 menu, featuring Butter Chicken Kulcha Chalupa Tacos (vegetarian Pinde Chole option also available), plus $5 celebratory craft cocktails. See website here. Desi Contemprary is at 501 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell.

EL TORITO GRILL: The Brea locale will celebrate Wednesday from 3 p.m. to close with $3 tacos for dine-in patrons. Also planned are satellite drink stations, with hand-crafted specialty drinks, and live music. Info. The restaurant is at 555 Pointe Drive, Brea.

EL POLLO LOCO: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with five tacos for the price of two: When you buy two Tacos al Carbon on May 5, the restaurant will give you three more free. And, as an added bonus, order them online for a free, 5-ounce Tapatío bottle, while supplies last. Details here. Find locations here.

FUEGO: It's Cinco de "Maya" time at the Hotel Maya restaurant May 5, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. with live music from Vintage3 , such dinner specials as Shrimp and Octopus Tostada ($18), Chicken Mole ($32) and Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup ( $12), plus Fuego Street Tacos ($4) and drink deals. Reservations required. Call 562-481-3910 to book or use OpenTable. Located at 700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach.

HERMOSA TAQUERIA: The Tustin taqueria is serving hand-crafted margaritas and house-made salsas. Specials include tortilla soup, guacamole + chips, plus two-taco combo or burrito with bottomless margs, for $22 per person. For more info, call 657-660-5361 or visit this link. Located at Union Market Tustin, 2493 Park Ave., Tustin.

HOPDODDY BURGER BAR: Mark the day with the Fajita Burger, a burger loaded with queso, shaved sirloin, peppers & onions, chicken patty, pico de gallo, lettuce and bean purée. Follow up with churro fries - fried, tossed in cinnamon sugar and drizzled with dark chocolate sauce. Info here. Locations in El Segundo, Playa Vista, Tustin and Fashion Island in Newport Beach.

JIMBOY'S TACOS: This quintessential family business, that began in a trailer on Kings Beach in Lake Tahoe, is serving up its acclaimed fare, along with a new addition — a spicy, crispy Fried Chicken Taco, available through May. Locales here. See the star-studded, company history here.

JIMMY JOHN'S: While not at ALL Cinco-de-Mayo-related, the sandwich chain does have a promo worth a mention as it applies May 5 and will save you some bucks. Get $5 off orders of $20 or more using promo code "5OFF20" before placing an order online or via Jimmy John's App for pickup or contactless delivery. Info here. The deal runs through 13. Only available at participating locations. Find shops here.

LAS BRISAS: Celebrate at the iconic, O.C. cliffside restaurant with White Shrimp and Crab Ceviche, nachos and Elote, along with Las Brisas' margaritas and hand-crafted cocktails. Lunch and dinner menus available for dine-in, delivery and takeaway. See info here. Location: 361 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach.

MARKET TAVERN: The Original Farmers Market spot is hosting festivities with speciality tequila flights, Mexican beers, margaritas and Mexican-inspired pub food like fish tacos, queso fundido and more. Football and baseball games also will be airing on multiple TVs throughout the restaurant. Hours: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Located at 6333 West 3rd St., Los Angeles.

MIGUEL'S JR.: Happy Cinco de Mayo! Score Bean & Cheese or Bean, Rice & Cheese Burritos for $1.99 today, May 5, for Cinco de Mayo. Info here. Locations throughout Inland Empire and Orange counties.

MOUNTAIN MIKE'S PIZZA: Timed perfectly for Cinco de Mayo, the family-style pizza chain adds its new Mini Churrs™ to menus — "cinnamony-sweet, " bite-size churros that come in orders of 16 for $4.99. Location finder here.

PACIFIC CATCH: Book your spot to dine on a line-up of tacos, guac, chips, pescado asado & more, plus a bevy of margarita and drink specials. Book here online. Location finder here. Sites in Dublin, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Francisco and Walnut Creek.

RANDY'S DONUTS: "Made in the spirit of a Mexican fruit cup" and just in time for Cinco de Mayo, the donut empire is launching its "Mango Tajin Donut," a mango marmalade filled raised donut, topped with mango and tajin flavored icing and available at all locations throughout May. Find locations here.

RUBIO'S: For Cinco celebrations, diners get 20% off orders of $75 or more with coupon code: MKTG1134 at checkout. The offer expires May 7. See coupon here. Find nearby Rubio's here.
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RODEO 39 PUBLIC MARKET: The Orange County site is hosting a free, comedy night on Cinco De Mayo at Bearded Tang Brewery. Featured comedians: Alfonso Ochoa Ramon Hernandez Robert Amador Gabe Lubeand Frank Escalante. Info here. The laughs start at 8 p.m. At 12885 Beach Blvd., Stanton.

SOL MEXICAN COCINA: An exclusive menu — just for Cinco de Mayo — is available for dine-in only from 3 p.m. to close in Newport Beach and Playa Vista. Also, the Newport Beach location will provide live music for guests. (To-go orders can be placed over the phone.) Menu highlights: Naked Guacamole with Hass avocado Chorizo and Mushroom Con Queso Taco Vampiro Asada Taco Plates with the choice of two sides and SOL's specialty margaritas. Sites in Newport Beach and Playa Vista.

SOLITA TACOS: A dine-in-only, Cinco de Mayo menu will be available May 5 from 3 p.m. to close, featuring appetizers, tacos, and margaritas, plus live music at both locations. Menu highlights: Ceviche Tropicale with raw fish, lime, serrano chiles, cucumber, tropical fruit, salsa fresca & avocado Spicy Shrimp Tacos Street Taco Plates with sides and specialty drinks. To-go orders can be placed via the phone. Find info here. Solita is at 7631 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach and 24201 Valencia Blvd.in Valencia .

TACOS 1986: Off The Menu is partnering with Tacos 1986 at two locations. Off The Menu members will receive a complimentary perron, flour tortilla wrapped around cheese, pinto beans and guacamole, filled with either carne asada or mushroom, and a Topo Chico Hard Seltzer. In Los Angeles, Tacos 1986, 7235 Beverly Blvd., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for Off The Menu Members only. In Newport Beach, at The Helmsman, 2920 Newport Blvd., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. for Off The Menu Members and general public, with $5 dollar tacos for non-Off The Menu members. Pre-registration not available members show apps to redeem taco and drink. If not an Off The Menu member use code 'taco' to get $10 off first month and celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Details here.

TALLULA'S: The restaurant will be open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. for indoor and outdoor dining, with Chef Brad Long's specials, including Linda's Classic Taco Platters (old-school, grass-fed ground beef, hard-shell tacos), chile relleno and a seasonal ceviche, plus drink specials. Or order the takeout, Ultimate Party Pack ($185 for four to six) with a Nachos Sencillo Kit, Linda's Classic Taco Kit, chicken enchiladas, Caesar salad, rice pudding and bottle of margaritas. Info here. Located at 118 Entrada Drive, Santa Monica.

TEREMANA TEQUILA: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and his small-batch tequila brand, Teremana, are running "Guac on the Rock" promo through May 5 to support local eateries. Restaurant diners, 21 and over, who purchase a Teremana cocktail with order of guacamole will be reimbursed up to $10—whether they dine in or take out. To redeem the deal, upload itemized receipt to guacontherock.com or by scanning the unique QR code. To locate participating restaurants, go to "Find Us" page at Teremana.com. For information and rules, visit guacontherock.com.

TOCAYA ORGANICA: The Venice-founded chain is offering deals for May 5: For dine-in, it's $5.95 margaritas and $2.95 bottled beers or from Tocaya website & app, $2.95 bottled beers, $17.95 to-go margarita bottle . or the four-serving, "taco bar" to-go, featuring black beans, chips, salsa, pico de gallo, vegan chipotle crema, cabbage, cilantro & onions, corn tortillas, choice of two proteins and two quesos. Click here for info. Locations throughout Los Angeles County and in San Diego.

WABA GRILL: Perfect for Cindo de Mayo is Waba Grill's "It's everything you AVO wanted!," free "Half-Ocado™" promo that runs through May. Every entrée purchase is eligible to receive a "true half of a beautiful, thick, perfectly ripe avocado," in partnership with Avocados From Mexico . Info here. Locales throughout the Southland listed here.


Olé! To Cinco De Mayo: Where To Celebrate In 2021

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo 2021 on Wednesday, May 5, with specials from restaurants thoughout California. (Shutterstock) Hermosa Taqueria, inside Union Market Tustin, has $22 deal with bottomless margs on the menu. (Courtesy of Hermosa Taqueria) Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchens in Brea and Irvine have lobster tacos & festive sips on the menu. (Courtesy of Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen) "It's everything you AVO wanted" -- free, half avocados at WaBa Grill restaurants throughout Greater L.A. (Courtesy of WaBa Grill) Tallula’s "Cinco De Mayo Fiesta" offers indoor & outdoor dining, plus takeout party pack, in Santa Monica. (Photo credit: Lindsey Huttrer.) Chronic Tacos in the Southland have a $5 Cinco de Mayo special for 2021. (Courtesy of Chronic Tacos ) Perfectly timed with Cinco de Mayo, Mountain Mike’s Pizza adds new Mini Churrs™ - limited-time, “cinnamony-sweet” dessert bites. (Courtesy of Mountain Mike’s Pizza) Chicas Tacos opens in Venice on May 5 with exclusive dishes. (Courtesy of Chicas Tacos) Tocaya Organica offers in-house specials, plus a Cinco de My taco bar to-go from LA and San Diego locations. (Courtesy of Tocaya Organica) The "Butter Chicken Kulcha Chalupa Taco" is $5 on May 5 at Desi Contemporary in Campbell. (Courtesy of Desi Contemporary) Orange County's Rodeo 39 Public Market is hosting Cinco de Mayo comedy night. (Courtesy of Rodeo 39 Public Market) Las Brisas in Laguna Beach is prepping to welcome Cinco de Mayo guests with nachos, ceviche, cocktails & ocean views. (Credit: Allen Taylor) Special menu in the works at SOL Mexican Cocina in Playa Vista and Newport Beach. (Courtesy of SOL Mexican Cocina) A limited, dine-in-only menu is offered at Cinco de Mayo at Solita in Valencia and Huntington Beach. (Courtesy of Solita) Tallula’s in Santa Monica is prepping a Cinco De Mayo fiesta for on-site dining or to-go. (Photo Credit: Lindsey Huttrer) Azule Taqueria will celebrate with all-day, outdoor fest & music in Santa Monica. (Courtesy of Azule Taqueria) Catalina Island Museum in Avalon has family-friendly fiesta planned. (Courtesy of Catalina Island Museum) Randy’s Donuts (Courtesy of Randy’s Donuts) Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and tequila brand Teremana launch “Guac on the Rock" promotion for Cinco de Mayo 2021. (Courtesy of Teremana) A dollar-saving, Jimmy John’s promo coincides with Cinco de Mayo on May 5. (Courtesy of Jimmy John’s) Pacific Catch locales throughout the SF Bsy Area are prepping to celebrate with sips and taco deals. (Courtesy of Pacific Catch) The Family Burrito Box is among Rubio's menu options that could work for your Cinco de Mayo feasts. (Courtesy of Rubio's Coastal Grill) Tacos 1986 in Newport Beach and Los Angeles has May 5 specials planned for Off The Menu members. (Courtesy of Tacos 1986) Blaze Pizza locales introduce a new, Cinco-timed Chipotle Ranch Chicken Pizza, made with Tajín Clásico Seasoning. (Courtesy of Blaze Pizza) Celebrate with $1.99 deals - one day only - at Miguel's Jr. locales in Southern California. (Courtesy of Miguel's Jr.) Del Taco offers its Crunchtada® line-up free with purchase for Cinco de Mayo. (Photo: Business Wire)

CALIFORNIA— Cinco de Mayo this year falls on Wednesday, May 5, 2021— so a big o lé to a reason to celebrate mid-week with tasty Mexican dishes and drinks.

Need some celebration inspiration? Patch has you covered with nearby, to-go and on-site dining specials.

We know this list is just the tip of the iceberg for shout-out-worthy, Mexican restaurants and taquerias. Know of other Cinco stand-outs throughout the Golden State? Share with fellow Patch readers in the comment section.

A RESTAURANT: Chef Roberto is crafting a Mexican menu for Cinco de Mayo from May 4-6— a three day special for diners. Reservations here. A Restaurant is at 3334 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach .

ALBERTO'S CANTINA: Celebrate with live mariachi music courtesy of @cazadores 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., plus great food and tequila. Seating both inside and out. Alberto's is at 435 Main St., Pleasanton. Info here.

APPLEBEE'S: Springtime = Tequila Time for the month of May, with $5 Strawberry Daq-A-Ritas (half-margarita, half-daiquiri made with 1800 Reposado Tequila, Bacardi, strawberry and margarita mix) and the new, $5 Tipsy Shark (a Pacific-inspired margarita with 1800 Reposado Tequila, blue curacao, pineapple juice, and margarita mix topped with a gummy shark). Details here.

AZULE TAQUEIRA: An all-day, outdoor beer-garden celebration is planned at Third Street Promenade locale, featuring $5, 16-ounce draft beers, $35 buckets of Estrella Jalisco Michelada Tall Boys and outdoor bar set-up with live music. For dining: $30 Azule Taco Boxes (10 tacos of choice + salsa) $40 Azule Taco Kit (24 tortillas, vegan rice & beans, onions + peppers, queso fresco and chips & salsa) and $35 Azule Burrito Boxes (four burritos + chips & salsa). Food orders in-store or online at ordersocialeats.com. View menu here. Azule info here. Located at 1315 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica.

BLAZE PIZZA: Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, the chain launches a partnership with Tajín Clásico Seasoning that includes a Chipotle Ranch Chicken Pizza (with chipotle ranch, grilled chicken, fire roasted corn Tajín), available through June 9. On May 5, Blaze will give away more than 50,000 mini bottles of Tajín at restaurants nationwide with any pizza order, while supplies last. Info here. Find locations here.

BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO.: Step on in May 5 for "Five Fried Shrimp and Fries" for $5 and $6 Frozen Margaritas. Súper! See here for details. Locations in Anaheim, Hollywood, Long Beach, Monterey, San Francisco and Santa Monica.

CATALINA ISLAND MUSEUM: An in-person, Cinco de Mayo celebration is planned May 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. outside in Catalina Island Museum's open-air plaza. Entertainment, a taco bar from Coyote Joe's and kids' piñata craft planned. Info here. The museum is at 217 Metropole Ave., Avalon.

CHA CHA'S LATIN KITCHEN: Putting modern twists on classics, the restaurants are featuring lobster tacos (maseca-dusted lobster tail, cabbage, pico de gallo, avocado and chipotle aioli) and homemade chicken mole enchiladas (chicken simmered with Doña Maria mole in corn tortillas), plus festive sips from the bar. Menu here. Reservations advised. Go here to book. Locations in Brea and Irvine.

CHEVYS FRESH MEX: Join the restaurant's fiestas, with mariachi bands, DJs, margaritas, beers, shots & tacos from 3 p.m.to close at cantinas & outdoor patios. California locations found here.

CHICAS TACOS: Bringing flavor and Mexican culinary favorites to Venice, along with some exclusive dishes just for Dogtown, is the fast casual, award-winning taco company opening May 5 — just in time for Cinco de Mayo — inside Whole Foods Market, 225 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. Music & fun planned. Info here.

CHRONIC TACOS: Celebrate Cinco De Mayo all day Wednesday, May 5 with a two-taco plate for $5 with drink purchase. Pick from al pastor, pollo asado, carnitas or fajita veggies, then add favorite toppings. Promotion excludes, fish, shrimp, steak and beyond beef. The offer is available in store or via online ordering and Chronic Tacos app. Find eateries here in Riverside, Los Angeles and Orange counties.

DEL TACO: Get a "Crunchtada" free with $3 purchase using the offer in the Del Taco app on May 5. The Mexican pizza-ish Crunchtada offers toppings stacked on top of a large, 6-1/2-inch, freshly fried tortilla. Details here. Del Taco location finder here.

DESCANSO MEXICAN RESTAURANT: Cinco de Mayo happy hour meets Wine Wednesday specials all day at the Costa Mesa eatery. Live music begins at 7 p.m. The modern taqueria specializes in authentic Mexican flavors and recipes. Don't miss the new spring margarita . the WATERMELONRITA. Make reservations at 714.486.3798 or online. Descanso is at 1555 Adams Ave., Costa Mesa.

DESI CONTEMPORARY: The Campbell eatery is offering "5/5 specials," with a $5 menu, featuring Butter Chicken Kulcha Chalupa Tacos (vegetarian Pinde Chole option also available), plus $5 celebratory craft cocktails. See website here. Desi Contemprary is at 501 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell.

EL TORITO GRILL: The Brea locale will celebrate Wednesday from 3 p.m. to close with $3 tacos for dine-in patrons. Also planned are satellite drink stations, with hand-crafted specialty drinks, and live music. Info. The restaurant is at 555 Pointe Drive, Brea.

EL POLLO LOCO: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with five tacos for the price of two: When you buy two Tacos al Carbon on May 5, the restaurant will give you three more free. And, as an added bonus, order them online for a free, 5-ounce Tapatío bottle, while supplies last. Details here. Find locations here.

FUEGO: It's Cinco de "Maya" time at the Hotel Maya restaurant May 5, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. with live music from Vintage3 , such dinner specials as Shrimp and Octopus Tostada ($18), Chicken Mole ($32) and Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup ( $12), plus Fuego Street Tacos ($4) and drink deals. Reservations required. Call 562-481-3910 to book or use OpenTable. Located at 700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach.

HERMOSA TAQUERIA: The Tustin taqueria is serving hand-crafted margaritas and house-made salsas. Specials include tortilla soup, guacamole + chips, plus two-taco combo or burrito with bottomless margs, for $22 per person. For more info, call 657-660-5361 or visit this link. Located at Union Market Tustin, 2493 Park Ave., Tustin.

HOPDODDY BURGER BAR: Mark the day with the Fajita Burger, a burger loaded with queso, shaved sirloin, peppers & onions, chicken patty, pico de gallo, lettuce and bean purée. Follow up with churro fries - fried, tossed in cinnamon sugar and drizzled with dark chocolate sauce. Info here. Locations in El Segundo, Playa Vista, Tustin and Fashion Island in Newport Beach.

JIMBOY'S TACOS: This quintessential family business, that began in a trailer on Kings Beach in Lake Tahoe, is serving up its acclaimed fare, along with a new addition — a spicy, crispy Fried Chicken Taco, available through May. Locales here. See the star-studded, company history here.

JIMMY JOHN'S: While not at ALL Cinco-de-Mayo-related, the sandwich chain does have a promo worth a mention as it applies May 5 and will save you some bucks. Get $5 off orders of $20 or more using promo code "5OFF20" before placing an order online or via Jimmy John's App for pickup or contactless delivery. Info here. The deal runs through 13. Only available at participating locations. Find shops here.

LAS BRISAS: Celebrate at the iconic, O.C. cliffside restaurant with White Shrimp and Crab Ceviche, nachos and Elote, along with Las Brisas' margaritas and hand-crafted cocktails. Lunch and dinner menus available for dine-in, delivery and takeaway. See info here. Location: 361 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach.

MARKET TAVERN: The Original Farmers Market spot is hosting festivities with speciality tequila flights, Mexican beers, margaritas and Mexican-inspired pub food like fish tacos, queso fundido and more. Football and baseball games also will be airing on multiple TVs throughout the restaurant. Hours: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Located at 6333 West 3rd St., Los Angeles.

MIGUEL'S JR.: Happy Cinco de Mayo! Score Bean & Cheese or Bean, Rice & Cheese Burritos for $1.99 today, May 5, for Cinco de Mayo. Info here. Locations throughout Inland Empire and Orange counties.

MOUNTAIN MIKE'S PIZZA: Timed perfectly for Cinco de Mayo, the family-style pizza chain adds its new Mini Churrs™ to menus — "cinnamony-sweet, " bite-size churros that come in orders of 16 for $4.99. Location finder here.

PACIFIC CATCH: Book your spot to dine on a line-up of tacos, guac, chips, pescado asado & more, plus a bevy of margarita and drink specials. Book here online. Location finder here. Sites in Dublin, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Francisco and Walnut Creek.

RANDY'S DONUTS: "Made in the spirit of a Mexican fruit cup" and just in time for Cinco de Mayo, the donut empire is launching its "Mango Tajin Donut," a mango marmalade filled raised donut, topped with mango and tajin flavored icing and available at all locations throughout May. Find locations here.

RUBIO'S: For Cinco celebrations, diners get 20% off orders of $75 or more with coupon code: MKTG1134 at checkout. The offer expires May 7. See coupon here. Find nearby Rubio's here.
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RODEO 39 PUBLIC MARKET: The Orange County site is hosting a free, comedy night on Cinco De Mayo at Bearded Tang Brewery. Featured comedians: Alfonso Ochoa Ramon Hernandez Robert Amador Gabe Lubeand Frank Escalante. Info here. The laughs start at 8 p.m. At 12885 Beach Blvd., Stanton.

SOL MEXICAN COCINA: An exclusive menu — just for Cinco de Mayo — is available for dine-in only from 3 p.m. to close in Newport Beach and Playa Vista. Also, the Newport Beach location will provide live music for guests. (To-go orders can be placed over the phone.) Menu highlights: Naked Guacamole with Hass avocado Chorizo and Mushroom Con Queso Taco Vampiro Asada Taco Plates with the choice of two sides and SOL's specialty margaritas. Sites in Newport Beach and Playa Vista.

SOLITA TACOS: A dine-in-only, Cinco de Mayo menu will be available May 5 from 3 p.m. to close, featuring appetizers, tacos, and margaritas, plus live music at both locations. Menu highlights: Ceviche Tropicale with raw fish, lime, serrano chiles, cucumber, tropical fruit, salsa fresca & avocado Spicy Shrimp Tacos Street Taco Plates with sides and specialty drinks. To-go orders can be placed via the phone. Find info here. Solita is at 7631 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach and 24201 Valencia Blvd.in Valencia .

TACOS 1986: Off The Menu is partnering with Tacos 1986 at two locations. Off The Menu members will receive a complimentary perron, flour tortilla wrapped around cheese, pinto beans and guacamole, filled with either carne asada or mushroom, and a Topo Chico Hard Seltzer. In Los Angeles, Tacos 1986, 7235 Beverly Blvd., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for Off The Menu Members only. In Newport Beach, at The Helmsman, 2920 Newport Blvd., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. for Off The Menu Members and general public, with $5 dollar tacos for non-Off The Menu members. Pre-registration not available members show apps to redeem taco and drink. If not an Off The Menu member use code 'taco' to get $10 off first month and celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Details here.

TALLULA'S: The restaurant will be open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. for indoor and outdoor dining, with Chef Brad Long's specials, including Linda's Classic Taco Platters (old-school, grass-fed ground beef, hard-shell tacos), chile relleno and a seasonal ceviche, plus drink specials. Or order the takeout, Ultimate Party Pack ($185 for four to six) with a Nachos Sencillo Kit, Linda's Classic Taco Kit, chicken enchiladas, Caesar salad, rice pudding and bottle of margaritas. Info here. Located at 118 Entrada Drive, Santa Monica.

TEREMANA TEQUILA: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and his small-batch tequila brand, Teremana, are running "Guac on the Rock" promo through May 5 to support local eateries. Restaurant diners, 21 and over, who purchase a Teremana cocktail with order of guacamole will be reimbursed up to $10—whether they dine in or take out. To redeem the deal, upload itemized receipt to guacontherock.com or by scanning the unique QR code. To locate participating restaurants, go to "Find Us" page at Teremana.com. For information and rules, visit guacontherock.com.

TOCAYA ORGANICA: The Venice-founded chain is offering deals for May 5: For dine-in, it's $5.95 margaritas and $2.95 bottled beers or from Tocaya website & app, $2.95 bottled beers, $17.95 to-go margarita bottle . or the four-serving, "taco bar" to-go, featuring black beans, chips, salsa, pico de gallo, vegan chipotle crema, cabbage, cilantro & onions, corn tortillas, choice of two proteins and two quesos. Click here for info. Locations throughout Los Angeles County and in San Diego.

WABA GRILL: Perfect for Cindo de Mayo is Waba Grill's "It's everything you AVO wanted!," free "Half-Ocado™" promo that runs through May. Every entrée purchase is eligible to receive a "true half of a beautiful, thick, perfectly ripe avocado," in partnership with Avocados From Mexico . Info here. Locales throughout the Southland listed here.


Olé! To Cinco De Mayo: Where To Celebrate In 2021

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo 2021 on Wednesday, May 5, with specials from restaurants thoughout California. (Shutterstock) Hermosa Taqueria, inside Union Market Tustin, has $22 deal with bottomless margs on the menu. (Courtesy of Hermosa Taqueria) Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchens in Brea and Irvine have lobster tacos & festive sips on the menu. (Courtesy of Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen) "It's everything you AVO wanted" -- free, half avocados at WaBa Grill restaurants throughout Greater L.A. (Courtesy of WaBa Grill) Tallula’s "Cinco De Mayo Fiesta" offers indoor & outdoor dining, plus takeout party pack, in Santa Monica. (Photo credit: Lindsey Huttrer.) Chronic Tacos in the Southland have a $5 Cinco de Mayo special for 2021. (Courtesy of Chronic Tacos ) Perfectly timed with Cinco de Mayo, Mountain Mike’s Pizza adds new Mini Churrs™ - limited-time, “cinnamony-sweet” dessert bites. (Courtesy of Mountain Mike’s Pizza) Chicas Tacos opens in Venice on May 5 with exclusive dishes. (Courtesy of Chicas Tacos) Tocaya Organica offers in-house specials, plus a Cinco de My taco bar to-go from LA and San Diego locations. (Courtesy of Tocaya Organica) The "Butter Chicken Kulcha Chalupa Taco" is $5 on May 5 at Desi Contemporary in Campbell. (Courtesy of Desi Contemporary) Orange County's Rodeo 39 Public Market is hosting Cinco de Mayo comedy night. (Courtesy of Rodeo 39 Public Market) Las Brisas in Laguna Beach is prepping to welcome Cinco de Mayo guests with nachos, ceviche, cocktails & ocean views. (Credit: Allen Taylor) Special menu in the works at SOL Mexican Cocina in Playa Vista and Newport Beach. (Courtesy of SOL Mexican Cocina) A limited, dine-in-only menu is offered at Cinco de Mayo at Solita in Valencia and Huntington Beach. (Courtesy of Solita) Tallula’s in Santa Monica is prepping a Cinco De Mayo fiesta for on-site dining or to-go. (Photo Credit: Lindsey Huttrer) Azule Taqueria will celebrate with all-day, outdoor fest & music in Santa Monica. (Courtesy of Azule Taqueria) Catalina Island Museum in Avalon has family-friendly fiesta planned. (Courtesy of Catalina Island Museum) Randy’s Donuts (Courtesy of Randy’s Donuts) Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and tequila brand Teremana launch “Guac on the Rock" promotion for Cinco de Mayo 2021. (Courtesy of Teremana) A dollar-saving, Jimmy John’s promo coincides with Cinco de Mayo on May 5. (Courtesy of Jimmy John’s) Pacific Catch locales throughout the SF Bsy Area are prepping to celebrate with sips and taco deals. (Courtesy of Pacific Catch) The Family Burrito Box is among Rubio's menu options that could work for your Cinco de Mayo feasts. (Courtesy of Rubio's Coastal Grill) Tacos 1986 in Newport Beach and Los Angeles has May 5 specials planned for Off The Menu members. (Courtesy of Tacos 1986) Blaze Pizza locales introduce a new, Cinco-timed Chipotle Ranch Chicken Pizza, made with Tajín Clásico Seasoning. (Courtesy of Blaze Pizza) Celebrate with $1.99 deals - one day only - at Miguel's Jr. locales in Southern California. (Courtesy of Miguel's Jr.) Del Taco offers its Crunchtada® line-up free with purchase for Cinco de Mayo. (Photo: Business Wire)

CALIFORNIA— Cinco de Mayo this year falls on Wednesday, May 5, 2021— so a big o lé to a reason to celebrate mid-week with tasty Mexican dishes and drinks.

Need some celebration inspiration? Patch has you covered with nearby, to-go and on-site dining specials.

We know this list is just the tip of the iceberg for shout-out-worthy, Mexican restaurants and taquerias. Know of other Cinco stand-outs throughout the Golden State? Share with fellow Patch readers in the comment section.

A RESTAURANT: Chef Roberto is crafting a Mexican menu for Cinco de Mayo from May 4-6— a three day special for diners. Reservations here. A Restaurant is at 3334 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach .

ALBERTO'S CANTINA: Celebrate with live mariachi music courtesy of @cazadores 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., plus great food and tequila. Seating both inside and out. Alberto's is at 435 Main St., Pleasanton. Info here.

APPLEBEE'S: Springtime = Tequila Time for the month of May, with $5 Strawberry Daq-A-Ritas (half-margarita, half-daiquiri made with 1800 Reposado Tequila, Bacardi, strawberry and margarita mix) and the new, $5 Tipsy Shark (a Pacific-inspired margarita with 1800 Reposado Tequila, blue curacao, pineapple juice, and margarita mix topped with a gummy shark). Details here.

AZULE TAQUEIRA: An all-day, outdoor beer-garden celebration is planned at Third Street Promenade locale, featuring $5, 16-ounce draft beers, $35 buckets of Estrella Jalisco Michelada Tall Boys and outdoor bar set-up with live music. For dining: $30 Azule Taco Boxes (10 tacos of choice + salsa) $40 Azule Taco Kit (24 tortillas, vegan rice & beans, onions + peppers, queso fresco and chips & salsa) and $35 Azule Burrito Boxes (four burritos + chips & salsa). Food orders in-store or online at ordersocialeats.com. View menu here. Azule info here. Located at 1315 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica.

BLAZE PIZZA: Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, the chain launches a partnership with Tajín Clásico Seasoning that includes a Chipotle Ranch Chicken Pizza (with chipotle ranch, grilled chicken, fire roasted corn Tajín), available through June 9. On May 5, Blaze will give away more than 50,000 mini bottles of Tajín at restaurants nationwide with any pizza order, while supplies last. Info here. Find locations here.

BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO.: Step on in May 5 for "Five Fried Shrimp and Fries" for $5 and $6 Frozen Margaritas. Súper! See here for details. Locations in Anaheim, Hollywood, Long Beach, Monterey, San Francisco and Santa Monica.

CATALINA ISLAND MUSEUM: An in-person, Cinco de Mayo celebration is planned May 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. outside in Catalina Island Museum's open-air plaza. Entertainment, a taco bar from Coyote Joe's and kids' piñata craft planned. Info here. The museum is at 217 Metropole Ave., Avalon.

CHA CHA'S LATIN KITCHEN: Putting modern twists on classics, the restaurants are featuring lobster tacos (maseca-dusted lobster tail, cabbage, pico de gallo, avocado and chipotle aioli) and homemade chicken mole enchiladas (chicken simmered with Doña Maria mole in corn tortillas), plus festive sips from the bar. Menu here. Reservations advised. Go here to book. Locations in Brea and Irvine.

CHEVYS FRESH MEX: Join the restaurant's fiestas, with mariachi bands, DJs, margaritas, beers, shots & tacos from 3 p.m.to close at cantinas & outdoor patios. California locations found here.

CHICAS TACOS: Bringing flavor and Mexican culinary favorites to Venice, along with some exclusive dishes just for Dogtown, is the fast casual, award-winning taco company opening May 5 — just in time for Cinco de Mayo — inside Whole Foods Market, 225 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. Music & fun planned. Info here.

CHRONIC TACOS: Celebrate Cinco De Mayo all day Wednesday, May 5 with a two-taco plate for $5 with drink purchase. Pick from al pastor, pollo asado, carnitas or fajita veggies, then add favorite toppings. Promotion excludes, fish, shrimp, steak and beyond beef. The offer is available in store or via online ordering and Chronic Tacos app. Find eateries here in Riverside, Los Angeles and Orange counties.

DEL TACO: Get a "Crunchtada" free with $3 purchase using the offer in the Del Taco app on May 5. The Mexican pizza-ish Crunchtada offers toppings stacked on top of a large, 6-1/2-inch, freshly fried tortilla. Details here. Del Taco location finder here.

DESCANSO MEXICAN RESTAURANT: Cinco de Mayo happy hour meets Wine Wednesday specials all day at the Costa Mesa eatery. Live music begins at 7 p.m. The modern taqueria specializes in authentic Mexican flavors and recipes. Don't miss the new spring margarita . the WATERMELONRITA. Make reservations at 714.486.3798 or online. Descanso is at 1555 Adams Ave., Costa Mesa.

DESI CONTEMPORARY: The Campbell eatery is offering "5/5 specials," with a $5 menu, featuring Butter Chicken Kulcha Chalupa Tacos (vegetarian Pinde Chole option also available), plus $5 celebratory craft cocktails. See website here. Desi Contemprary is at 501 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell.

EL TORITO GRILL: The Brea locale will celebrate Wednesday from 3 p.m. to close with $3 tacos for dine-in patrons. Also planned are satellite drink stations, with hand-crafted specialty drinks, and live music. Info. The restaurant is at 555 Pointe Drive, Brea.

EL POLLO LOCO: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with five tacos for the price of two: When you buy two Tacos al Carbon on May 5, the restaurant will give you three more free. And, as an added bonus, order them online for a free, 5-ounce Tapatío bottle, while supplies last. Details here. Find locations here.

FUEGO: It's Cinco de "Maya" time at the Hotel Maya restaurant May 5, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. with live music from Vintage3 , such dinner specials as Shrimp and Octopus Tostada ($18), Chicken Mole ($32) and Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup ( $12), plus Fuego Street Tacos ($4) and drink deals. Reservations required. Call 562-481-3910 to book or use OpenTable. Located at 700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach.

HERMOSA TAQUERIA: The Tustin taqueria is serving hand-crafted margaritas and house-made salsas. Specials include tortilla soup, guacamole + chips, plus two-taco combo or burrito with bottomless margs, for $22 per person. For more info, call 657-660-5361 or visit this link. Located at Union Market Tustin, 2493 Park Ave., Tustin.

HOPDODDY BURGER BAR: Mark the day with the Fajita Burger, a burger loaded with queso, shaved sirloin, peppers & onions, chicken patty, pico de gallo, lettuce and bean purée. Follow up with churro fries - fried, tossed in cinnamon sugar and drizzled with dark chocolate sauce. Info here. Locations in El Segundo, Playa Vista, Tustin and Fashion Island in Newport Beach.

JIMBOY'S TACOS: This quintessential family business, that began in a trailer on Kings Beach in Lake Tahoe, is serving up its acclaimed fare, along with a new addition — a spicy, crispy Fried Chicken Taco, available through May. Locales here. See the star-studded, company history here.

JIMMY JOHN'S: While not at ALL Cinco-de-Mayo-related, the sandwich chain does have a promo worth a mention as it applies May 5 and will save you some bucks. Get $5 off orders of $20 or more using promo code "5OFF20" before placing an order online or via Jimmy John's App for pickup or contactless delivery. Info here. The deal runs through 13. Only available at participating locations. Find shops here.

LAS BRISAS: Celebrate at the iconic, O.C. cliffside restaurant with White Shrimp and Crab Ceviche, nachos and Elote, along with Las Brisas' margaritas and hand-crafted cocktails. Lunch and dinner menus available for dine-in, delivery and takeaway. See info here. Location: 361 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach.

MARKET TAVERN: The Original Farmers Market spot is hosting festivities with speciality tequila flights, Mexican beers, margaritas and Mexican-inspired pub food like fish tacos, queso fundido and more. Football and baseball games also will be airing on multiple TVs throughout the restaurant. Hours: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Located at 6333 West 3rd St., Los Angeles.

MIGUEL'S JR.: Happy Cinco de Mayo! Score Bean & Cheese or Bean, Rice & Cheese Burritos for $1.99 today, May 5, for Cinco de Mayo. Info here. Locations throughout Inland Empire and Orange counties.

MOUNTAIN MIKE'S PIZZA: Timed perfectly for Cinco de Mayo, the family-style pizza chain adds its new Mini Churrs™ to menus — "cinnamony-sweet, " bite-size churros that come in orders of 16 for $4.99. Location finder here.

PACIFIC CATCH: Book your spot to dine on a line-up of tacos, guac, chips, pescado asado & more, plus a bevy of margarita and drink specials. Book here online. Location finder here. Sites in Dublin, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Francisco and Walnut Creek.

RANDY'S DONUTS: "Made in the spirit of a Mexican fruit cup" and just in time for Cinco de Mayo, the donut empire is launching its "Mango Tajin Donut," a mango marmalade filled raised donut, topped with mango and tajin flavored icing and available at all locations throughout May. Find locations here.

RUBIO'S: For Cinco celebrations, diners get 20% off orders of $75 or more with coupon code: MKTG1134 at checkout. The offer expires May 7. See coupon here. Find nearby Rubio's here.
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RODEO 39 PUBLIC MARKET: The Orange County site is hosting a free, comedy night on Cinco De Mayo at Bearded Tang Brewery. Featured comedians: Alfonso Ochoa Ramon Hernandez Robert Amador Gabe Lubeand Frank Escalante. Info here. The laughs start at 8 p.m. At 12885 Beach Blvd., Stanton.

SOL MEXICAN COCINA: An exclusive menu — just for Cinco de Mayo — is available for dine-in only from 3 p.m. to close in Newport Beach and Playa Vista. Also, the Newport Beach location will provide live music for guests. (To-go orders can be placed over the phone.) Menu highlights: Naked Guacamole with Hass avocado Chorizo and Mushroom Con Queso Taco Vampiro Asada Taco Plates with the choice of two sides and SOL's specialty margaritas. Sites in Newport Beach and Playa Vista.

SOLITA TACOS: A dine-in-only, Cinco de Mayo menu will be available May 5 from 3 p.m. to close, featuring appetizers, tacos, and margaritas, plus live music at both locations. Menu highlights: Ceviche Tropicale with raw fish, lime, serrano chiles, cucumber, tropical fruit, salsa fresca & avocado Spicy Shrimp Tacos Street Taco Plates with sides and specialty drinks. To-go orders can be placed via the phone. Find info here. Solita is at 7631 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach and 24201 Valencia Blvd.in Valencia .

TACOS 1986: Off The Menu is partnering with Tacos 1986 at two locations. Off The Menu members will receive a complimentary perron, flour tortilla wrapped around cheese, pinto beans and guacamole, filled with either carne asada or mushroom, and a Topo Chico Hard Seltzer. In Los Angeles, Tacos 1986, 7235 Beverly Blvd., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for Off The Menu Members only. In Newport Beach, at The Helmsman, 2920 Newport Blvd., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. for Off The Menu Members and general public, with $5 dollar tacos for non-Off The Menu members. Pre-registration not available members show apps to redeem taco and drink. If not an Off The Menu member use code 'taco' to get $10 off first month and celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Details here.

TALLULA'S: The restaurant will be open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. for indoor and outdoor dining, with Chef Brad Long's specials, including Linda's Classic Taco Platters (old-school, grass-fed ground beef, hard-shell tacos), chile relleno and a seasonal ceviche, plus drink specials. Or order the takeout, Ultimate Party Pack ($185 for four to six) with a Nachos Sencillo Kit, Linda's Classic Taco Kit, chicken enchiladas, Caesar salad, rice pudding and bottle of margaritas. Info here. Located at 118 Entrada Drive, Santa Monica.

TEREMANA TEQUILA: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and his small-batch tequila brand, Teremana, are running "Guac on the Rock" promo through May 5 to support local eateries. Restaurant diners, 21 and over, who purchase a Teremana cocktail with order of guacamole will be reimbursed up to $10—whether they dine in or take out. To redeem the deal, upload itemized receipt to guacontherock.com or by scanning the unique QR code. To locate participating restaurants, go to "Find Us" page at Teremana.com. For information and rules, visit guacontherock.com.

TOCAYA ORGANICA: The Venice-founded chain is offering deals for May 5: For dine-in, it's $5.95 margaritas and $2.95 bottled beers or from Tocaya website & app, $2.95 bottled beers, $17.95 to-go margarita bottle . or the four-serving, "taco bar" to-go, featuring black beans, chips, salsa, pico de gallo, vegan chipotle crema, cabbage, cilantro & onions, corn tortillas, choice of two proteins and two quesos. Click here for info. Locations throughout Los Angeles County and in San Diego.

WABA GRILL: Perfect for Cindo de Mayo is Waba Grill's "It's everything you AVO wanted!," free "Half-Ocado™" promo that runs through May. Every entrée purchase is eligible to receive a "true half of a beautiful, thick, perfectly ripe avocado," in partnership with Avocados From Mexico . Info here. Locales throughout the Southland listed here.


Olé! To Cinco De Mayo: Where To Celebrate In 2021

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo 2021 on Wednesday, May 5, with specials from restaurants thoughout California. (Shutterstock) Hermosa Taqueria, inside Union Market Tustin, has $22 deal with bottomless margs on the menu. (Courtesy of Hermosa Taqueria) Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchens in Brea and Irvine have lobster tacos & festive sips on the menu. (Courtesy of Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen) "It's everything you AVO wanted" -- free, half avocados at WaBa Grill restaurants throughout Greater L.A. (Courtesy of WaBa Grill) Tallula’s "Cinco De Mayo Fiesta" offers indoor & outdoor dining, plus takeout party pack, in Santa Monica. (Photo credit: Lindsey Huttrer.) Chronic Tacos in the Southland have a $5 Cinco de Mayo special for 2021. (Courtesy of Chronic Tacos ) Perfectly timed with Cinco de Mayo, Mountain Mike’s Pizza adds new Mini Churrs™ - limited-time, “cinnamony-sweet” dessert bites. (Courtesy of Mountain Mike’s Pizza) Chicas Tacos opens in Venice on May 5 with exclusive dishes. (Courtesy of Chicas Tacos) Tocaya Organica offers in-house specials, plus a Cinco de My taco bar to-go from LA and San Diego locations. (Courtesy of Tocaya Organica) The "Butter Chicken Kulcha Chalupa Taco" is $5 on May 5 at Desi Contemporary in Campbell. (Courtesy of Desi Contemporary) Orange County's Rodeo 39 Public Market is hosting Cinco de Mayo comedy night. (Courtesy of Rodeo 39 Public Market) Las Brisas in Laguna Beach is prepping to welcome Cinco de Mayo guests with nachos, ceviche, cocktails & ocean views. (Credit: Allen Taylor) Special menu in the works at SOL Mexican Cocina in Playa Vista and Newport Beach. (Courtesy of SOL Mexican Cocina) A limited, dine-in-only menu is offered at Cinco de Mayo at Solita in Valencia and Huntington Beach. (Courtesy of Solita) Tallula’s in Santa Monica is prepping a Cinco De Mayo fiesta for on-site dining or to-go. (Photo Credit: Lindsey Huttrer) Azule Taqueria will celebrate with all-day, outdoor fest & music in Santa Monica. (Courtesy of Azule Taqueria) Catalina Island Museum in Avalon has family-friendly fiesta planned. (Courtesy of Catalina Island Museum) Randy’s Donuts (Courtesy of Randy’s Donuts) Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and tequila brand Teremana launch “Guac on the Rock" promotion for Cinco de Mayo 2021. (Courtesy of Teremana) A dollar-saving, Jimmy John’s promo coincides with Cinco de Mayo on May 5. (Courtesy of Jimmy John’s) Pacific Catch locales throughout the SF Bsy Area are prepping to celebrate with sips and taco deals. (Courtesy of Pacific Catch) The Family Burrito Box is among Rubio's menu options that could work for your Cinco de Mayo feasts. (Courtesy of Rubio's Coastal Grill) Tacos 1986 in Newport Beach and Los Angeles has May 5 specials planned for Off The Menu members. (Courtesy of Tacos 1986) Blaze Pizza locales introduce a new, Cinco-timed Chipotle Ranch Chicken Pizza, made with Tajín Clásico Seasoning. (Courtesy of Blaze Pizza) Celebrate with $1.99 deals - one day only - at Miguel's Jr. locales in Southern California. (Courtesy of Miguel's Jr.) Del Taco offers its Crunchtada® line-up free with purchase for Cinco de Mayo. (Photo: Business Wire)

CALIFORNIA— Cinco de Mayo this year falls on Wednesday, May 5, 2021— so a big o lé to a reason to celebrate mid-week with tasty Mexican dishes and drinks.

Need some celebration inspiration? Patch has you covered with nearby, to-go and on-site dining specials.

We know this list is just the tip of the iceberg for shout-out-worthy, Mexican restaurants and taquerias. Know of other Cinco stand-outs throughout the Golden State? Share with fellow Patch readers in the comment section.

A RESTAURANT: Chef Roberto is crafting a Mexican menu for Cinco de Mayo from May 4-6— a three day special for diners. Reservations here. A Restaurant is at 3334 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach .

ALBERTO'S CANTINA: Celebrate with live mariachi music courtesy of @cazadores 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., plus great food and tequila. Seating both inside and out. Alberto's is at 435 Main St., Pleasanton. Info here.

APPLEBEE'S: Springtime = Tequila Time for the month of May, with $5 Strawberry Daq-A-Ritas (half-margarita, half-daiquiri made with 1800 Reposado Tequila, Bacardi, strawberry and margarita mix) and the new, $5 Tipsy Shark (a Pacific-inspired margarita with 1800 Reposado Tequila, blue curacao, pineapple juice, and margarita mix topped with a gummy shark). Details here.

AZULE TAQUEIRA: An all-day, outdoor beer-garden celebration is planned at Third Street Promenade locale, featuring $5, 16-ounce draft beers, $35 buckets of Estrella Jalisco Michelada Tall Boys and outdoor bar set-up with live music. For dining: $30 Azule Taco Boxes (10 tacos of choice + salsa) $40 Azule Taco Kit (24 tortillas, vegan rice & beans, onions + peppers, queso fresco and chips & salsa) and $35 Azule Burrito Boxes (four burritos + chips & salsa). Food orders in-store or online at ordersocialeats.com. View menu here. Azule info here. Located at 1315 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica.

BLAZE PIZZA: Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, the chain launches a partnership with Tajín Clásico Seasoning that includes a Chipotle Ranch Chicken Pizza (with chipotle ranch, grilled chicken, fire roasted corn Tajín), available through June 9. On May 5, Blaze will give away more than 50,000 mini bottles of Tajín at restaurants nationwide with any pizza order, while supplies last. Info here. Find locations here.

BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO.: Step on in May 5 for "Five Fried Shrimp and Fries" for $5 and $6 Frozen Margaritas. Súper! See here for details. Locations in Anaheim, Hollywood, Long Beach, Monterey, San Francisco and Santa Monica.

CATALINA ISLAND MUSEUM: An in-person, Cinco de Mayo celebration is planned May 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. outside in Catalina Island Museum's open-air plaza. Entertainment, a taco bar from Coyote Joe's and kids' piñata craft planned. Info here. The museum is at 217 Metropole Ave., Avalon.

CHA CHA'S LATIN KITCHEN: Putting modern twists on classics, the restaurants are featuring lobster tacos (maseca-dusted lobster tail, cabbage, pico de gallo, avocado and chipotle aioli) and homemade chicken mole enchiladas (chicken simmered with Doña Maria mole in corn tortillas), plus festive sips from the bar. Menu here. Reservations advised. Go here to book. Locations in Brea and Irvine.

CHEVYS FRESH MEX: Join the restaurant's fiestas, with mariachi bands, DJs, margaritas, beers, shots & tacos from 3 p.m.to close at cantinas & outdoor patios. California locations found here.

CHICAS TACOS: Bringing flavor and Mexican culinary favorites to Venice, along with some exclusive dishes just for Dogtown, is the fast casual, award-winning taco company opening May 5 — just in time for Cinco de Mayo — inside Whole Foods Market, 225 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. Music & fun planned. Info here.

CHRONIC TACOS: Celebrate Cinco De Mayo all day Wednesday, May 5 with a two-taco plate for $5 with drink purchase. Pick from al pastor, pollo asado, carnitas or fajita veggies, then add favorite toppings. Promotion excludes, fish, shrimp, steak and beyond beef. The offer is available in store or via online ordering and Chronic Tacos app. Find eateries here in Riverside, Los Angeles and Orange counties.

DEL TACO: Get a "Crunchtada" free with $3 purchase using the offer in the Del Taco app on May 5. The Mexican pizza-ish Crunchtada offers toppings stacked on top of a large, 6-1/2-inch, freshly fried tortilla. Details here. Del Taco location finder here.

DESCANSO MEXICAN RESTAURANT: Cinco de Mayo happy hour meets Wine Wednesday specials all day at the Costa Mesa eatery. Live music begins at 7 p.m. The modern taqueria specializes in authentic Mexican flavors and recipes. Don't miss the new spring margarita . the WATERMELONRITA. Make reservations at 714.486.3798 or online. Descanso is at 1555 Adams Ave., Costa Mesa.

DESI CONTEMPORARY: The Campbell eatery is offering "5/5 specials," with a $5 menu, featuring Butter Chicken Kulcha Chalupa Tacos (vegetarian Pinde Chole option also available), plus $5 celebratory craft cocktails. See website here. Desi Contemprary is at 501 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell.

EL TORITO GRILL: The Brea locale will celebrate Wednesday from 3 p.m. to close with $3 tacos for dine-in patrons. Also planned are satellite drink stations, with hand-crafted specialty drinks, and live music. Info. The restaurant is at 555 Pointe Drive, Brea.

EL POLLO LOCO: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with five tacos for the price of two: When you buy two Tacos al Carbon on May 5, the restaurant will give you three more free. And, as an added bonus, order them online for a free, 5-ounce Tapatío bottle, while supplies last. Details here. Find locations here.

FUEGO: It's Cinco de "Maya" time at the Hotel Maya restaurant May 5, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. with live music from Vintage3 , such dinner specials as Shrimp and Octopus Tostada ($18), Chicken Mole ($32) and Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup ( $12), plus Fuego Street Tacos ($4) and drink deals. Reservations required. Call 562-481-3910 to book or use OpenTable. Located at 700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach.

HERMOSA TAQUERIA: The Tustin taqueria is serving hand-crafted margaritas and house-made salsas. Specials include tortilla soup, guacamole + chips, plus two-taco combo or burrito with bottomless margs, for $22 per person. For more info, call 657-660-5361 or visit this link. Located at Union Market Tustin, 2493 Park Ave., Tustin.

HOPDODDY BURGER BAR: Mark the day with the Fajita Burger, a burger loaded with queso, shaved sirloin, peppers & onions, chicken patty, pico de gallo, lettuce and bean purée. Follow up with churro fries - fried, tossed in cinnamon sugar and drizzled with dark chocolate sauce. Info here. Locations in El Segundo, Playa Vista, Tustin and Fashion Island in Newport Beach.

JIMBOY'S TACOS: This quintessential family business, that began in a trailer on Kings Beach in Lake Tahoe, is serving up its acclaimed fare, along with a new addition — a spicy, crispy Fried Chicken Taco, available through May. Locales here. See the star-studded, company history here.

JIMMY JOHN'S: While not at ALL Cinco-de-Mayo-related, the sandwich chain does have a promo worth a mention as it applies May 5 and will save you some bucks. Get $5 off orders of $20 or more using promo code "5OFF20" before placing an order online or via Jimmy John's App for pickup or contactless delivery. Info here. The deal runs through 13. Only available at participating locations. Find shops here.

LAS BRISAS: Celebrate at the iconic, O.C. cliffside restaurant with White Shrimp and Crab Ceviche, nachos and Elote, along with Las Brisas' margaritas and hand-crafted cocktails. Lunch and dinner menus available for dine-in, delivery and takeaway. See info here. Location: 361 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach.

MARKET TAVERN: The Original Farmers Market spot is hosting festivities with speciality tequila flights, Mexican beers, margaritas and Mexican-inspired pub food like fish tacos, queso fundido and more. Football and baseball games also will be airing on multiple TVs throughout the restaurant. Hours: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Located at 6333 West 3rd St., Los Angeles.

MIGUEL'S JR.: Happy Cinco de Mayo! Score Bean & Cheese or Bean, Rice & Cheese Burritos for $1.99 today, May 5, for Cinco de Mayo. Info here. Locations throughout Inland Empire and Orange counties.

MOUNTAIN MIKE'S PIZZA: Timed perfectly for Cinco de Mayo, the family-style pizza chain adds its new Mini Churrs™ to menus — "cinnamony-sweet, " bite-size churros that come in orders of 16 for $4.99. Location finder here.

PACIFIC CATCH: Book your spot to dine on a line-up of tacos, guac, chips, pescado asado & more, plus a bevy of margarita and drink specials. Book here online. Location finder here. Sites in Dublin, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Francisco and Walnut Creek.

RANDY'S DONUTS: "Made in the spirit of a Mexican fruit cup" and just in time for Cinco de Mayo, the donut empire is launching its "Mango Tajin Donut," a mango marmalade filled raised donut, topped with mango and tajin flavored icing and available at all locations throughout May. Find locations here.

RUBIO'S: For Cinco celebrations, diners get 20% off orders of $75 or more with coupon code: MKTG1134 at checkout. The offer expires May 7. See coupon here. Find nearby Rubio's here.
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RODEO 39 PUBLIC MARKET: The Orange County site is hosting a free, comedy night on Cinco De Mayo at Bearded Tang Brewery. Featured comedians: Alfonso Ochoa Ramon Hernandez Robert Amador Gabe Lubeand Frank Escalante. Info here. The laughs start at 8 p.m. At 12885 Beach Blvd., Stanton.

SOL MEXICAN COCINA: An exclusive menu — just for Cinco de Mayo — is available for dine-in only from 3 p.m. to close in Newport Beach and Playa Vista. Also, the Newport Beach location will provide live music for guests. (To-go orders can be placed over the phone.) Menu highlights: Naked Guacamole with Hass avocado Chorizo and Mushroom Con Queso Taco Vampiro Asada Taco Plates with the choice of two sides and SOL's specialty margaritas. Sites in Newport Beach and Playa Vista.

SOLITA TACOS: A dine-in-only, Cinco de Mayo menu will be available May 5 from 3 p.m. to close, featuring appetizers, tacos, and margaritas, plus live music at both locations. Menu highlights: Ceviche Tropicale with raw fish, lime, serrano chiles, cucumber, tropical fruit, salsa fresca & avocado Spicy Shrimp Tacos Street Taco Plates with sides and specialty drinks. To-go orders can be placed via the phone. Find info here. Solita is at 7631 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach and 24201 Valencia Blvd.in Valencia .

TACOS 1986: Off The Menu is partnering with Tacos 1986 at two locations. Off The Menu members will receive a complimentary perron, flour tortilla wrapped around cheese, pinto beans and guacamole, filled with either carne asada or mushroom, and a Topo Chico Hard Seltzer. In Los Angeles, Tacos 1986, 7235 Beverly Blvd., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for Off The Menu Members only. In Newport Beach, at The Helmsman, 2920 Newport Blvd., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. for Off The Menu Members and general public, with $5 dollar tacos for non-Off The Menu members. Pre-registration not available members show apps to redeem taco and drink. If not an Off The Menu member use code 'taco' to get $10 off first month and celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Details here.

TALLULA'S: The restaurant will be open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. for indoor and outdoor dining, with Chef Brad Long's specials, including Linda's Classic Taco Platters (old-school, grass-fed ground beef, hard-shell tacos), chile relleno and a seasonal ceviche, plus drink specials. Or order the takeout, Ultimate Party Pack ($185 for four to six) with a Nachos Sencillo Kit, Linda's Classic Taco Kit, chicken enchiladas, Caesar salad, rice pudding and bottle of margaritas. Info here. Located at 118 Entrada Drive, Santa Monica.

TEREMANA TEQUILA: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and his small-batch tequila brand, Teremana, are running "Guac on the Rock" promo through May 5 to support local eateries. Restaurant diners, 21 and over, who purchase a Teremana cocktail with order of guacamole will be reimbursed up to $10—whether they dine in or take out. To redeem the deal, upload itemized receipt to guacontherock.com or by scanning the unique QR code. To locate participating restaurants, go to "Find Us" page at Teremana.com. For information and rules, visit guacontherock.com.

TOCAYA ORGANICA: The Venice-founded chain is offering deals for May 5: For dine-in, it's $5.95 margaritas and $2.95 bottled beers or from Tocaya website & app, $2.95 bottled beers, $17.95 to-go margarita bottle . or the four-serving, "taco bar" to-go, featuring black beans, chips, salsa, pico de gallo, vegan chipotle crema, cabbage, cilantro & onions, corn tortillas, choice of two proteins and two quesos. Click here for info. Locations throughout Los Angeles County and in San Diego.

WABA GRILL: Perfect for Cindo de Mayo is Waba Grill's "It's everything you AVO wanted!," free "Half-Ocado™" promo that runs through May. Every entrée purchase is eligible to receive a "true half of a beautiful, thick, perfectly ripe avocado," in partnership with Avocados From Mexico . Info here. Locales throughout the Southland listed here.


Olé! To Cinco De Mayo: Where To Celebrate In 2021

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo 2021 on Wednesday, May 5, with specials from restaurants thoughout California. (Shutterstock) Hermosa Taqueria, inside Union Market Tustin, has $22 deal with bottomless margs on the menu. (Courtesy of Hermosa Taqueria) Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchens in Brea and Irvine have lobster tacos & festive sips on the menu. (Courtesy of Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen) "It's everything you AVO wanted" -- free, half avocados at WaBa Grill restaurants throughout Greater L.A. (Courtesy of WaBa Grill) Tallula’s "Cinco De Mayo Fiesta" offers indoor & outdoor dining, plus takeout party pack, in Santa Monica. (Photo credit: Lindsey Huttrer.) Chronic Tacos in the Southland have a $5 Cinco de Mayo special for 2021. (Courtesy of Chronic Tacos ) Perfectly timed with Cinco de Mayo, Mountain Mike’s Pizza adds new Mini Churrs™ - limited-time, “cinnamony-sweet” dessert bites. (Courtesy of Mountain Mike’s Pizza) Chicas Tacos opens in Venice on May 5 with exclusive dishes. (Courtesy of Chicas Tacos) Tocaya Organica offers in-house specials, plus a Cinco de My taco bar to-go from LA and San Diego locations. (Courtesy of Tocaya Organica) The "Butter Chicken Kulcha Chalupa Taco" is $5 on May 5 at Desi Contemporary in Campbell. (Courtesy of Desi Contemporary) Orange County's Rodeo 39 Public Market is hosting Cinco de Mayo comedy night. (Courtesy of Rodeo 39 Public Market) Las Brisas in Laguna Beach is prepping to welcome Cinco de Mayo guests with nachos, ceviche, cocktails & ocean views. (Credit: Allen Taylor) Special menu in the works at SOL Mexican Cocina in Playa Vista and Newport Beach. (Courtesy of SOL Mexican Cocina) A limited, dine-in-only menu is offered at Cinco de Mayo at Solita in Valencia and Huntington Beach. (Courtesy of Solita) Tallula’s in Santa Monica is prepping a Cinco De Mayo fiesta for on-site dining or to-go. (Photo Credit: Lindsey Huttrer) Azule Taqueria will celebrate with all-day, outdoor fest & music in Santa Monica. (Courtesy of Azule Taqueria) Catalina Island Museum in Avalon has family-friendly fiesta planned. (Courtesy of Catalina Island Museum) Randy’s Donuts (Courtesy of Randy’s Donuts) Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and tequila brand Teremana launch “Guac on the Rock" promotion for Cinco de Mayo 2021. (Courtesy of Teremana) A dollar-saving, Jimmy John’s promo coincides with Cinco de Mayo on May 5. (Courtesy of Jimmy John’s) Pacific Catch locales throughout the SF Bsy Area are prepping to celebrate with sips and taco deals. (Courtesy of Pacific Catch) The Family Burrito Box is among Rubio's menu options that could work for your Cinco de Mayo feasts. (Courtesy of Rubio's Coastal Grill) Tacos 1986 in Newport Beach and Los Angeles has May 5 specials planned for Off The Menu members. (Courtesy of Tacos 1986) Blaze Pizza locales introduce a new, Cinco-timed Chipotle Ranch Chicken Pizza, made with Tajín Clásico Seasoning. (Courtesy of Blaze Pizza) Celebrate with $1.99 deals - one day only - at Miguel's Jr. locales in Southern California. (Courtesy of Miguel's Jr.) Del Taco offers its Crunchtada® line-up free with purchase for Cinco de Mayo. (Photo: Business Wire)

CALIFORNIA— Cinco de Mayo this year falls on Wednesday, May 5, 2021— so a big o lé to a reason to celebrate mid-week with tasty Mexican dishes and drinks.

Need some celebration inspiration? Patch has you covered with nearby, to-go and on-site dining specials.

We know this list is just the tip of the iceberg for shout-out-worthy, Mexican restaurants and taquerias. Know of other Cinco stand-outs throughout the Golden State? Share with fellow Patch readers in the comment section.

A RESTAURANT: Chef Roberto is crafting a Mexican menu for Cinco de Mayo from May 4-6— a three day special for diners. Reservations here. A Restaurant is at 3334 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach .

ALBERTO'S CANTINA: Celebrate with live mariachi music courtesy of @cazadores 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., plus great food and tequila. Seating both inside and out. Alberto's is at 435 Main St., Pleasanton. Info here.

APPLEBEE'S: Springtime = Tequila Time for the month of May, with $5 Strawberry Daq-A-Ritas (half-margarita, half-daiquiri made with 1800 Reposado Tequila, Bacardi, strawberry and margarita mix) and the new, $5 Tipsy Shark (a Pacific-inspired margarita with 1800 Reposado Tequila, blue curacao, pineapple juice, and margarita mix topped with a gummy shark). Details here.

AZULE TAQUEIRA: An all-day, outdoor beer-garden celebration is planned at Third Street Promenade locale, featuring $5, 16-ounce draft beers, $35 buckets of Estrella Jalisco Michelada Tall Boys and outdoor bar set-up with live music. For dining: $30 Azule Taco Boxes (10 tacos of choice + salsa) $40 Azule Taco Kit (24 tortillas, vegan rice & beans, onions + peppers, queso fresco and chips & salsa) and $35 Azule Burrito Boxes (four burritos + chips & salsa). Food orders in-store or online at ordersocialeats.com. View menu here. Azule info here. Located at 1315 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica.

BLAZE PIZZA: Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, the chain launches a partnership with Tajín Clásico Seasoning that includes a Chipotle Ranch Chicken Pizza (with chipotle ranch, grilled chicken, fire roasted corn Tajín), available through June 9. On May 5, Blaze will give away more than 50,000 mini bottles of Tajín at restaurants nationwide with any pizza order, while supplies last. Info here. Find locations here.

BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO.: Step on in May 5 for "Five Fried Shrimp and Fries" for $5 and $6 Frozen Margaritas. Súper! See here for details. Locations in Anaheim, Hollywood, Long Beach, Monterey, San Francisco and Santa Monica.

CATALINA ISLAND MUSEUM: An in-person, Cinco de Mayo celebration is planned May 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. outside in Catalina Island Museum's open-air plaza. Entertainment, a taco bar from Coyote Joe's and kids' piñata craft planned. Info here. The museum is at 217 Metropole Ave., Avalon.

CHA CHA'S LATIN KITCHEN: Putting modern twists on classics, the restaurants are featuring lobster tacos (maseca-dusted lobster tail, cabbage, pico de gallo, avocado and chipotle aioli) and homemade chicken mole enchiladas (chicken simmered with Doña Maria mole in corn tortillas), plus festive sips from the bar. Menu here. Reservations advised. Go here to book. Locations in Brea and Irvine.

CHEVYS FRESH MEX: Join the restaurant's fiestas, with mariachi bands, DJs, margaritas, beers, shots & tacos from 3 p.m.to close at cantinas & outdoor patios. California locations found here.

CHICAS TACOS: Bringing flavor and Mexican culinary favorites to Venice, along with some exclusive dishes just for Dogtown, is the fast casual, award-winning taco company opening May 5 — just in time for Cinco de Mayo — inside Whole Foods Market, 225 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. Music & fun planned. Info here.

CHRONIC TACOS: Celebrate Cinco De Mayo all day Wednesday, May 5 with a two-taco plate for $5 with drink purchase. Pick from al pastor, pollo asado, carnitas or fajita veggies, then add favorite toppings. Promotion excludes, fish, shrimp, steak and beyond beef. The offer is available in store or via online ordering and Chronic Tacos app. Find eateries here in Riverside, Los Angeles and Orange counties.

DEL TACO: Get a "Crunchtada" free with $3 purchase using the offer in the Del Taco app on May 5. The Mexican pizza-ish Crunchtada offers toppings stacked on top of a large, 6-1/2-inch, freshly fried tortilla. Details here. Del Taco location finder here.

DESCANSO MEXICAN RESTAURANT: Cinco de Mayo happy hour meets Wine Wednesday specials all day at the Costa Mesa eatery. Live music begins at 7 p.m. The modern taqueria specializes in authentic Mexican flavors and recipes. Don't miss the new spring margarita . the WATERMELONRITA. Make reservations at 714.486.3798 or online. Descanso is at 1555 Adams Ave., Costa Mesa.

DESI CONTEMPORARY: The Campbell eatery is offering "5/5 specials," with a $5 menu, featuring Butter Chicken Kulcha Chalupa Tacos (vegetarian Pinde Chole option also available), plus $5 celebratory craft cocktails. See website here. Desi Contemprary is at 501 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell.

EL TORITO GRILL: The Brea locale will celebrate Wednesday from 3 p.m. to close with $3 tacos for dine-in patrons. Also planned are satellite drink stations, with hand-crafted specialty drinks, and live music. Info. The restaurant is at 555 Pointe Drive, Brea.

EL POLLO LOCO: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with five tacos for the price of two: When you buy two Tacos al Carbon on May 5, the restaurant will give you three more free. And, as an added bonus, order them online for a free, 5-ounce Tapatío bottle, while supplies last. Details here. Find locations here.

FUEGO: It's Cinco de "Maya" time at the Hotel Maya restaurant May 5, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. with live music from Vintage3 , such dinner specials as Shrimp and Octopus Tostada ($18), Chicken Mole ($32) and Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup ( $12), plus Fuego Street Tacos ($4) and drink deals. Reservations required. Call 562-481-3910 to book or use OpenTable. Located at 700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach.

HERMOSA TAQUERIA: The Tustin taqueria is serving hand-crafted margaritas and house-made salsas. Specials include tortilla soup, guacamole + chips, plus two-taco combo or burrito with bottomless margs, for $22 per person. For more info, call 657-660-5361 or visit this link. Located at Union Market Tustin, 2493 Park Ave., Tustin.

HOPDODDY BURGER BAR: Mark the day with the Fajita Burger, a burger loaded with queso, shaved sirloin, peppers & onions, chicken patty, pico de gallo, lettuce and bean purée. Follow up with churro fries - fried, tossed in cinnamon sugar and drizzled with dark chocolate sauce. Info here. Locations in El Segundo, Playa Vista, Tustin and Fashion Island in Newport Beach.

JIMBOY'S TACOS: This quintessential family business, that began in a trailer on Kings Beach in Lake Tahoe, is serving up its acclaimed fare, along with a new addition — a spicy, crispy Fried Chicken Taco, available through May. Locales here. See the star-studded, company history here.

JIMMY JOHN'S: While not at ALL Cinco-de-Mayo-related, the sandwich chain does have a promo worth a mention as it applies May 5 and will save you some bucks. Get $5 off orders of $20 or more using promo code "5OFF20" before placing an order online or via Jimmy John's App for pickup or contactless delivery. Info here. The deal runs through 13. Only available at participating locations. Find shops here.

LAS BRISAS: Celebrate at the iconic, O.C. cliffside restaurant with White Shrimp and Crab Ceviche, nachos and Elote, along with Las Brisas' margaritas and hand-crafted cocktails. Lunch and dinner menus available for dine-in, delivery and takeaway. See info here. Location: 361 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach.

MARKET TAVERN: The Original Farmers Market spot is hosting festivities with speciality tequila flights, Mexican beers, margaritas and Mexican-inspired pub food like fish tacos, queso fundido and more. Football and baseball games also will be airing on multiple TVs throughout the restaurant. Hours: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Located at 6333 West 3rd St., Los Angeles.

MIGUEL'S JR.: Happy Cinco de Mayo! Score Bean & Cheese or Bean, Rice & Cheese Burritos for $1.99 today, May 5, for Cinco de Mayo. Info here. Locations throughout Inland Empire and Orange counties.

MOUNTAIN MIKE'S PIZZA: Timed perfectly for Cinco de Mayo, the family-style pizza chain adds its new Mini Churrs™ to menus — "cinnamony-sweet, " bite-size churros that come in orders of 16 for $4.99. Location finder here.

PACIFIC CATCH: Book your spot to dine on a line-up of tacos, guac, chips, pescado asado & more, plus a bevy of margarita and drink specials. Book here online. Location finder here. Sites in Dublin, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Francisco and Walnut Creek.

RANDY'S DONUTS: "Made in the spirit of a Mexican fruit cup" and just in time for Cinco de Mayo, the donut empire is launching its "Mango Tajin Donut," a mango marmalade filled raised donut, topped with mango and tajin flavored icing and available at all locations throughout May. Find locations here.

RUBIO'S: For Cinco celebrations, diners get 20% off orders of $75 or more with coupon code: MKTG1134 at checkout. The offer expires May 7. See coupon here. Find nearby Rubio's here.
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RODEO 39 PUBLIC MARKET: The Orange County site is hosting a free, comedy night on Cinco De Mayo at Bearded Tang Brewery. Featured comedians: Alfonso Ochoa Ramon Hernandez Robert Amador Gabe Lubeand Frank Escalante. Info here. The laughs start at 8 p.m. At 12885 Beach Blvd., Stanton.

SOL MEXICAN COCINA: An exclusive menu — just for Cinco de Mayo — is available for dine-in only from 3 p.m. to close in Newport Beach and Playa Vista. Also, the Newport Beach location will provide live music for guests. (To-go orders can be placed over the phone.) Menu highlights: Naked Guacamole with Hass avocado Chorizo and Mushroom Con Queso Taco Vampiro Asada Taco Plates with the choice of two sides and SOL's specialty margaritas. Sites in Newport Beach and Playa Vista.

SOLITA TACOS: A dine-in-only, Cinco de Mayo menu will be available May 5 from 3 p.m. to close, featuring appetizers, tacos, and margaritas, plus live music at both locations. Menu highlights: Ceviche Tropicale with raw fish, lime, serrano chiles, cucumber, tropical fruit, salsa fresca & avocado Spicy Shrimp Tacos Street Taco Plates with sides and specialty drinks. To-go orders can be placed via the phone. Find info here. Solita is at 7631 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach and 24201 Valencia Blvd.in Valencia .

TACOS 1986: Off The Menu is partnering with Tacos 1986 at two locations. Off The Menu members will receive a complimentary perron, flour tortilla wrapped around cheese, pinto beans and guacamole, filled with either carne asada or mushroom, and a Topo Chico Hard Seltzer. In Los Angeles, Tacos 1986, 7235 Beverly Blvd., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for Off The Menu Members only. In Newport Beach, at The Helmsman, 2920 Newport Blvd., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. for Off The Menu Members and general public, with $5 dollar tacos for non-Off The Menu members. Pre-registration not available members show apps to redeem taco and drink. If not an Off The Menu member use code 'taco' to get $10 off first month and celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Details here.

TALLULA'S: The restaurant will be open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. for indoor and outdoor dining, with Chef Brad Long's specials, including Linda's Classic Taco Platters (old-school, grass-fed ground beef, hard-shell tacos), chile relleno and a seasonal ceviche, plus drink specials. Or order the takeout, Ultimate Party Pack ($185 for four to six) with a Nachos Sencillo Kit, Linda's Classic Taco Kit, chicken enchiladas, Caesar salad, rice pudding and bottle of margaritas. Info here. Located at 118 Entrada Drive, Santa Monica.

TEREMANA TEQUILA: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and his small-batch tequila brand, Teremana, are running "Guac on the Rock" promo through May 5 to support local eateries. Restaurant diners, 21 and over, who purchase a Teremana cocktail with order of guacamole will be reimbursed up to $10—whether they dine in or take out. To redeem the deal, upload itemized receipt to guacontherock.com or by scanning the unique QR code. To locate participating restaurants, go to "Find Us" page at Teremana.com. For information and rules, visit guacontherock.com.

TOCAYA ORGANICA: The Venice-founded chain is offering deals for May 5: For dine-in, it's $5.95 margaritas and $2.95 bottled beers or from Tocaya website & app, $2.95 bottled beers, $17.95 to-go margarita bottle . or the four-serving, "taco bar" to-go, featuring black beans, chips, salsa, pico de gallo, vegan chipotle crema, cabbage, cilantro & onions, corn tortillas, choice of two proteins and two quesos. Click here for info. Locations throughout Los Angeles County and in San Diego.

WABA GRILL: Perfect for Cindo de Mayo is Waba Grill's "It's everything you AVO wanted!," free "Half-Ocado™" promo that runs through May. Every entrée purchase is eligible to receive a "true half of a beautiful, thick, perfectly ripe avocado," in partnership with Avocados From Mexico . Info here. Locales throughout the Southland listed here.


Olé! To Cinco De Mayo: Where To Celebrate In 2021

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo 2021 on Wednesday, May 5, with specials from restaurants thoughout California. (Shutterstock) Hermosa Taqueria, inside Union Market Tustin, has $22 deal with bottomless margs on the menu. (Courtesy of Hermosa Taqueria) Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchens in Brea and Irvine have lobster tacos & festive sips on the menu. (Courtesy of Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen) "It's everything you AVO wanted" -- free, half avocados at WaBa Grill restaurants throughout Greater L.A. (Courtesy of WaBa Grill) Tallula’s "Cinco De Mayo Fiesta" offers indoor & outdoor dining, plus takeout party pack, in Santa Monica. (Photo credit: Lindsey Huttrer.) Chronic Tacos in the Southland have a $5 Cinco de Mayo special for 2021. (Courtesy of Chronic Tacos ) Perfectly timed with Cinco de Mayo, Mountain Mike’s Pizza adds new Mini Churrs™ - limited-time, “cinnamony-sweet” dessert bites. (Courtesy of Mountain Mike’s Pizza) Chicas Tacos opens in Venice on May 5 with exclusive dishes. (Courtesy of Chicas Tacos) Tocaya Organica offers in-house specials, plus a Cinco de My taco bar to-go from LA and San Diego locations. (Courtesy of Tocaya Organica) The "Butter Chicken Kulcha Chalupa Taco" is $5 on May 5 at Desi Contemporary in Campbell. (Courtesy of Desi Contemporary) Orange County's Rodeo 39 Public Market is hosting Cinco de Mayo comedy night. (Courtesy of Rodeo 39 Public Market) Las Brisas in Laguna Beach is prepping to welcome Cinco de Mayo guests with nachos, ceviche, cocktails & ocean views. (Credit: Allen Taylor) Special menu in the works at SOL Mexican Cocina in Playa Vista and Newport Beach. (Courtesy of SOL Mexican Cocina) A limited, dine-in-only menu is offered at Cinco de Mayo at Solita in Valencia and Huntington Beach. (Courtesy of Solita) Tallula’s in Santa Monica is prepping a Cinco De Mayo fiesta for on-site dining or to-go. (Photo Credit: Lindsey Huttrer) Azule Taqueria will celebrate with all-day, outdoor fest & music in Santa Monica. (Courtesy of Azule Taqueria) Catalina Island Museum in Avalon has family-friendly fiesta planned. (Courtesy of Catalina Island Museum) Randy’s Donuts (Courtesy of Randy’s Donuts) Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and tequila brand Teremana launch “Guac on the Rock" promotion for Cinco de Mayo 2021. (Courtesy of Teremana) A dollar-saving, Jimmy John’s promo coincides with Cinco de Mayo on May 5. (Courtesy of Jimmy John’s) Pacific Catch locales throughout the SF Bsy Area are prepping to celebrate with sips and taco deals. (Courtesy of Pacific Catch) The Family Burrito Box is among Rubio's menu options that could work for your Cinco de Mayo feasts. (Courtesy of Rubio's Coastal Grill) Tacos 1986 in Newport Beach and Los Angeles has May 5 specials planned for Off The Menu members. (Courtesy of Tacos 1986) Blaze Pizza locales introduce a new, Cinco-timed Chipotle Ranch Chicken Pizza, made with Tajín Clásico Seasoning. (Courtesy of Blaze Pizza) Celebrate with $1.99 deals - one day only - at Miguel's Jr. locales in Southern California. (Courtesy of Miguel's Jr.) Del Taco offers its Crunchtada® line-up free with purchase for Cinco de Mayo. (Photo: Business Wire)

CALIFORNIA— Cinco de Mayo this year falls on Wednesday, May 5, 2021— so a big o lé to a reason to celebrate mid-week with tasty Mexican dishes and drinks.

Need some celebration inspiration? Patch has you covered with nearby, to-go and on-site dining specials.

We know this list is just the tip of the iceberg for shout-out-worthy, Mexican restaurants and taquerias. Know of other Cinco stand-outs throughout the Golden State? Share with fellow Patch readers in the comment section.

A RESTAURANT: Chef Roberto is crafting a Mexican menu for Cinco de Mayo from May 4-6— a three day special for diners. Reservations here. A Restaurant is at 3334 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach .

ALBERTO'S CANTINA: Celebrate with live mariachi music courtesy of @cazadores 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., plus great food and tequila. Seating both inside and out. Alberto's is at 435 Main St., Pleasanton. Info here.

APPLEBEE'S: Springtime = Tequila Time for the month of May, with $5 Strawberry Daq-A-Ritas (half-margarita, half-daiquiri made with 1800 Reposado Tequila, Bacardi, strawberry and margarita mix) and the new, $5 Tipsy Shark (a Pacific-inspired margarita with 1800 Reposado Tequila, blue curacao, pineapple juice, and margarita mix topped with a gummy shark). Details here.

AZULE TAQUEIRA: An all-day, outdoor beer-garden celebration is planned at Third Street Promenade locale, featuring $5, 16-ounce draft beers, $35 buckets of Estrella Jalisco Michelada Tall Boys and outdoor bar set-up with live music. For dining: $30 Azule Taco Boxes (10 tacos of choice + salsa) $40 Azule Taco Kit (24 tortillas, vegan rice & beans, onions + peppers, queso fresco and chips & salsa) and $35 Azule Burrito Boxes (four burritos + chips & salsa). Food orders in-store or online at ordersocialeats.com. View menu here. Azule info here. Located at 1315 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica.

BLAZE PIZZA: Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, the chain launches a partnership with Tajín Clásico Seasoning that includes a Chipotle Ranch Chicken Pizza (with chipotle ranch, grilled chicken, fire roasted corn Tajín), available through June 9. On May 5, Blaze will give away more than 50,000 mini bottles of Tajín at restaurants nationwide with any pizza order, while supplies last. Info here. Find locations here.

BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO.: Step on in May 5 for "Five Fried Shrimp and Fries" for $5 and $6 Frozen Margaritas. Súper! See here for details. Locations in Anaheim, Hollywood, Long Beach, Monterey, San Francisco and Santa Monica.

CATALINA ISLAND MUSEUM: An in-person, Cinco de Mayo celebration is planned May 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. outside in Catalina Island Museum's open-air plaza. Entertainment, a taco bar from Coyote Joe's and kids' piñata craft planned. Info here. The museum is at 217 Metropole Ave., Avalon.

CHA CHA'S LATIN KITCHEN: Putting modern twists on classics, the restaurants are featuring lobster tacos (maseca-dusted lobster tail, cabbage, pico de gallo, avocado and chipotle aioli) and homemade chicken mole enchiladas (chicken simmered with Doña Maria mole in corn tortillas), plus festive sips from the bar. Menu here. Reservations advised. Go here to book. Locations in Brea and Irvine.

CHEVYS FRESH MEX: Join the restaurant's fiestas, with mariachi bands, DJs, margaritas, beers, shots & tacos from 3 p.m.to close at cantinas & outdoor patios. California locations found here.

CHICAS TACOS: Bringing flavor and Mexican culinary favorites to Venice, along with some exclusive dishes just for Dogtown, is the fast casual, award-winning taco company opening May 5 — just in time for Cinco de Mayo — inside Whole Foods Market, 225 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. Music & fun planned. Info here.

CHRONIC TACOS: Celebrate Cinco De Mayo all day Wednesday, May 5 with a two-taco plate for $5 with drink purchase. Pick from al pastor, pollo asado, carnitas or fajita veggies, then add favorite toppings. Promotion excludes, fish, shrimp, steak and beyond beef. The offer is available in store or via online ordering and Chronic Tacos app. Find eateries here in Riverside, Los Angeles and Orange counties.

DEL TACO: Get a "Crunchtada" free with $3 purchase using the offer in the Del Taco app on May 5. The Mexican pizza-ish Crunchtada offers toppings stacked on top of a large, 6-1/2-inch, freshly fried tortilla. Details here. Del Taco location finder here.

DESCANSO MEXICAN RESTAURANT: Cinco de Mayo happy hour meets Wine Wednesday specials all day at the Costa Mesa eatery. Live music begins at 7 p.m. The modern taqueria specializes in authentic Mexican flavors and recipes. Don't miss the new spring margarita . the WATERMELONRITA. Make reservations at 714.486.3798 or online. Descanso is at 1555 Adams Ave., Costa Mesa.

DESI CONTEMPORARY: The Campbell eatery is offering "5/5 specials," with a $5 menu, featuring Butter Chicken Kulcha Chalupa Tacos (vegetarian Pinde Chole option also available), plus $5 celebratory craft cocktails. See website here. Desi Contemprary is at 501 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell.

EL TORITO GRILL: The Brea locale will celebrate Wednesday from 3 p.m. to close with $3 tacos for dine-in patrons. Also planned are satellite drink stations, with hand-crafted specialty drinks, and live music. Info. The restaurant is at 555 Pointe Drive, Brea.

EL POLLO LOCO: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with five tacos for the price of two: When you buy two Tacos al Carbon on May 5, the restaurant will give you three more free. And, as an added bonus, order them online for a free, 5-ounce Tapatío bottle, while supplies last. Details here. Find locations here.

FUEGO: It's Cinco de "Maya" time at the Hotel Maya restaurant May 5, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. with live music from Vintage3 , such dinner specials as Shrimp and Octopus Tostada ($18), Chicken Mole ($32) and Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup ( $12), plus Fuego Street Tacos ($4) and drink deals. Reservations required. Call 562-481-3910 to book or use OpenTable. Located at 700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach.

HERMOSA TAQUERIA: The Tustin taqueria is serving hand-crafted margaritas and house-made salsas. Specials include tortilla soup, guacamole + chips, plus two-taco combo or burrito with bottomless margs, for $22 per person. For more info, call 657-660-5361 or visit this link. Located at Union Market Tustin, 2493 Park Ave., Tustin.

HOPDODDY BURGER BAR: Mark the day with the Fajita Burger, a burger loaded with queso, shaved sirloin, peppers & onions, chicken patty, pico de gallo, lettuce and bean purée. Follow up with churro fries - fried, tossed in cinnamon sugar and drizzled with dark chocolate sauce. Info here. Locations in El Segundo, Playa Vista, Tustin and Fashion Island in Newport Beach.

JIMBOY'S TACOS: This quintessential family business, that began in a trailer on Kings Beach in Lake Tahoe, is serving up its acclaimed fare, along with a new addition — a spicy, crispy Fried Chicken Taco, available through May. Locales here. See the star-studded, company history here.

JIMMY JOHN'S: While not at ALL Cinco-de-Mayo-related, the sandwich chain does have a promo worth a mention as it applies May 5 and will save you some bucks. Get $5 off orders of $20 or more using promo code "5OFF20" before placing an order online or via Jimmy John's App for pickup or contactless delivery. Info here. The deal runs through 13. Only available at participating locations. Find shops here.

LAS BRISAS: Celebrate at the iconic, O.C. cliffside restaurant with White Shrimp and Crab Ceviche, nachos and Elote, along with Las Brisas' margaritas and hand-crafted cocktails. Lunch and dinner menus available for dine-in, delivery and takeaway. See info here. Location: 361 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach.

MARKET TAVERN: The Original Farmers Market spot is hosting festivities with speciality tequila flights, Mexican beers, margaritas and Mexican-inspired pub food like fish tacos, queso fundido and more. Football and baseball games also will be airing on multiple TVs throughout the restaurant. Hours: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Located at 6333 West 3rd St., Los Angeles.

MIGUEL'S JR.: Happy Cinco de Mayo! Score Bean & Cheese or Bean, Rice & Cheese Burritos for $1.99 today, May 5, for Cinco de Mayo. Info here. Locations throughout Inland Empire and Orange counties.

MOUNTAIN MIKE'S PIZZA: Timed perfectly for Cinco de Mayo, the family-style pizza chain adds its new Mini Churrs™ to menus — "cinnamony-sweet, " bite-size churros that come in orders of 16 for $4.99. Location finder here.

PACIFIC CATCH: Book your spot to dine on a line-up of tacos, guac, chips, pescado asado & more, plus a bevy of margarita and drink specials. Book here online. Location finder here. Sites in Dublin, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Francisco and Walnut Creek.

RANDY'S DONUTS: "Made in the spirit of a Mexican fruit cup" and just in time for Cinco de Mayo, the donut empire is launching its "Mango Tajin Donut," a mango marmalade filled raised donut, topped with mango and tajin flavored icing and available at all locations throughout May. Find locations here.

RUBIO'S: For Cinco celebrations, diners get 20% off orders of $75 or more with coupon code: MKTG1134 at checkout. The offer expires May 7. See coupon here. Find nearby Rubio's here.
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RODEO 39 PUBLIC MARKET: The Orange County site is hosting a free, comedy night on Cinco De Mayo at Bearded Tang Brewery. Featured comedians: Alfonso Ochoa Ramon Hernandez Robert Amador Gabe Lubeand Frank Escalante. Info here. The laughs start at 8 p.m. At 12885 Beach Blvd., Stanton.

SOL MEXICAN COCINA: An exclusive menu — just for Cinco de Mayo — is available for dine-in only from 3 p.m. to close in Newport Beach and Playa Vista. Also, the Newport Beach location will provide live music for guests. (To-go orders can be placed over the phone.) Menu highlights: Naked Guacamole with Hass avocado Chorizo and Mushroom Con Queso Taco Vampiro Asada Taco Plates with the choice of two sides and SOL's specialty margaritas. Sites in Newport Beach and Playa Vista.

SOLITA TACOS: A dine-in-only, Cinco de Mayo menu will be available May 5 from 3 p.m. to close, featuring appetizers, tacos, and margaritas, plus live music at both locations. Menu highlights: Ceviche Tropicale with raw fish, lime, serrano chiles, cucumber, tropical fruit, salsa fresca & avocado Spicy Shrimp Tacos Street Taco Plates with sides and specialty drinks. To-go orders can be placed via the phone. Find info here. Solita is at 7631 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach and 24201 Valencia Blvd.in Valencia .

TACOS 1986: Off The Menu is partnering with Tacos 1986 at two locations. Off The Menu members will receive a complimentary perron, flour tortilla wrapped around cheese, pinto beans and guacamole, filled with either carne asada or mushroom, and a Topo Chico Hard Seltzer. In Los Angeles, Tacos 1986, 7235 Beverly Blvd., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for Off The Menu Members only. In Newport Beach, at The Helmsman, 2920 Newport Blvd., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. for Off The Menu Members and general public, with $5 dollar tacos for non-Off The Menu members. Pre-registration not available members show apps to redeem taco and drink. If not an Off The Menu member use code 'taco' to get $10 off first month and celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Details here.

TALLULA'S: The restaurant will be open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. for indoor and outdoor dining, with Chef Brad Long's specials, including Linda's Classic Taco Platters (old-school, grass-fed ground beef, hard-shell tacos), chile relleno and a seasonal ceviche, plus drink specials. Or order the takeout, Ultimate Party Pack ($185 for four to six) with a Nachos Sencillo Kit, Linda's Classic Taco Kit, chicken enchiladas, Caesar salad, rice pudding and bottle of margaritas. Info here. Located at 118 Entrada Drive, Santa Monica.

TEREMANA TEQUILA: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and his small-batch tequila brand, Teremana, are running "Guac on the Rock" promo through May 5 to support local eateries. Restaurant diners, 21 and over, who purchase a Teremana cocktail with order of guacamole will be reimbursed up to $10—whether they dine in or take out. To redeem the deal, upload itemized receipt to guacontherock.com or by scanning the unique QR code. To locate participating restaurants, go to "Find Us" page at Teremana.com. For information and rules, visit guacontherock.com.

TOCAYA ORGANICA: The Venice-founded chain is offering deals for May 5: For dine-in, it's $5.95 margaritas and $2.95 bottled beers or from Tocaya website & app, $2.95 bottled beers, $17.95 to-go margarita bottle . or the four-serving, "taco bar" to-go, featuring black beans, chips, salsa, pico de gallo, vegan chipotle crema, cabbage, cilantro & onions, corn tortillas, choice of two proteins and two quesos. Click here for info. Locations throughout Los Angeles County and in San Diego.

WABA GRILL: Perfect for Cindo de Mayo is Waba Grill's "It's everything you AVO wanted!," free "Half-Ocado™" promo that runs through May. Every entrée purchase is eligible to receive a "true half of a beautiful, thick, perfectly ripe avocado," in partnership with Avocados From Mexico . Info here. Locales throughout the Southland listed here.


Olé! To Cinco De Mayo: Where To Celebrate In 2021

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo 2021 on Wednesday, May 5, with specials from restaurants thoughout California. (Shutterstock) Hermosa Taqueria, inside Union Market Tustin, has $22 deal with bottomless margs on the menu. (Courtesy of Hermosa Taqueria) Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchens in Brea and Irvine have lobster tacos & festive sips on the menu. (Courtesy of Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen) "It's everything you AVO wanted" -- free, half avocados at WaBa Grill restaurants throughout Greater L.A. (Courtesy of WaBa Grill) Tallula’s "Cinco De Mayo Fiesta" offers indoor & outdoor dining, plus takeout party pack, in Santa Monica. (Photo credit: Lindsey Huttrer.) Chronic Tacos in the Southland have a $5 Cinco de Mayo special for 2021. (Courtesy of Chronic Tacos ) Perfectly timed with Cinco de Mayo, Mountain Mike’s Pizza adds new Mini Churrs™ - limited-time, “cinnamony-sweet” dessert bites. (Courtesy of Mountain Mike’s Pizza) Chicas Tacos opens in Venice on May 5 with exclusive dishes. (Courtesy of Chicas Tacos) Tocaya Organica offers in-house specials, plus a Cinco de My taco bar to-go from LA and San Diego locations. (Courtesy of Tocaya Organica) The "Butter Chicken Kulcha Chalupa Taco" is $5 on May 5 at Desi Contemporary in Campbell. (Courtesy of Desi Contemporary) Orange County's Rodeo 39 Public Market is hosting Cinco de Mayo comedy night. (Courtesy of Rodeo 39 Public Market) Las Brisas in Laguna Beach is prepping to welcome Cinco de Mayo guests with nachos, ceviche, cocktails & ocean views. (Credit: Allen Taylor) Special menu in the works at SOL Mexican Cocina in Playa Vista and Newport Beach. (Courtesy of SOL Mexican Cocina) A limited, dine-in-only menu is offered at Cinco de Mayo at Solita in Valencia and Huntington Beach. (Courtesy of Solita) Tallula’s in Santa Monica is prepping a Cinco De Mayo fiesta for on-site dining or to-go. (Photo Credit: Lindsey Huttrer) Azule Taqueria will celebrate with all-day, outdoor fest & music in Santa Monica. (Courtesy of Azule Taqueria) Catalina Island Museum in Avalon has family-friendly fiesta planned. (Courtesy of Catalina Island Museum) Randy’s Donuts (Courtesy of Randy’s Donuts) Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and tequila brand Teremana launch “Guac on the Rock" promotion for Cinco de Mayo 2021. (Courtesy of Teremana) A dollar-saving, Jimmy John’s promo coincides with Cinco de Mayo on May 5. (Courtesy of Jimmy John’s) Pacific Catch locales throughout the SF Bsy Area are prepping to celebrate with sips and taco deals. (Courtesy of Pacific Catch) The Family Burrito Box is among Rubio's menu options that could work for your Cinco de Mayo feasts. (Courtesy of Rubio's Coastal Grill) Tacos 1986 in Newport Beach and Los Angeles has May 5 specials planned for Off The Menu members. (Courtesy of Tacos 1986) Blaze Pizza locales introduce a new, Cinco-timed Chipotle Ranch Chicken Pizza, made with Tajín Clásico Seasoning. (Courtesy of Blaze Pizza) Celebrate with $1.99 deals - one day only - at Miguel's Jr. locales in Southern California. (Courtesy of Miguel's Jr.) Del Taco offers its Crunchtada® line-up free with purchase for Cinco de Mayo. (Photo: Business Wire)

CALIFORNIA— Cinco de Mayo this year falls on Wednesday, May 5, 2021— so a big o lé to a reason to celebrate mid-week with tasty Mexican dishes and drinks.

Need some celebration inspiration? Patch has you covered with nearby, to-go and on-site dining specials.

We know this list is just the tip of the iceberg for shout-out-worthy, Mexican restaurants and taquerias. Know of other Cinco stand-outs throughout the Golden State? Share with fellow Patch readers in the comment section.

A RESTAURANT: Chef Roberto is crafting a Mexican menu for Cinco de Mayo from May 4-6— a three day special for diners. Reservations here. A Restaurant is at 3334 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach .

ALBERTO'S CANTINA: Celebrate with live mariachi music courtesy of @cazadores 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., plus great food and tequila. Seating both inside and out. Alberto's is at 435 Main St., Pleasanton. Info here.

APPLEBEE'S: Springtime = Tequila Time for the month of May, with $5 Strawberry Daq-A-Ritas (half-margarita, half-daiquiri made with 1800 Reposado Tequila, Bacardi, strawberry and margarita mix) and the new, $5 Tipsy Shark (a Pacific-inspired margarita with 1800 Reposado Tequila, blue curacao, pineapple juice, and margarita mix topped with a gummy shark). Details here.

AZULE TAQUEIRA: An all-day, outdoor beer-garden celebration is planned at Third Street Promenade locale, featuring $5, 16-ounce draft beers, $35 buckets of Estrella Jalisco Michelada Tall Boys and outdoor bar set-up with live music. For dining: $30 Azule Taco Boxes (10 tacos of choice + salsa) $40 Azule Taco Kit (24 tortillas, vegan rice & beans, onions + peppers, queso fresco and chips & salsa) and $35 Azule Burrito Boxes (four burritos + chips & salsa). Food orders in-store or online at ordersocialeats.com. View menu here. Azule info here. Located at 1315 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica.

BLAZE PIZZA: Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, the chain launches a partnership with Tajín Clásico Seasoning that includes a Chipotle Ranch Chicken Pizza (with chipotle ranch, grilled chicken, fire roasted corn Tajín), available through June 9. On May 5, Blaze will give away more than 50,000 mini bottles of Tajín at restaurants nationwide with any pizza order, while supplies last. Info here. Find locations here.

BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO.: Step on in May 5 for "Five Fried Shrimp and Fries" for $5 and $6 Frozen Margaritas. Súper! See here for details. Locations in Anaheim, Hollywood, Long Beach, Monterey, San Francisco and Santa Monica.

CATALINA ISLAND MUSEUM: An in-person, Cinco de Mayo celebration is planned May 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. outside in Catalina Island Museum's open-air plaza. Entertainment, a taco bar from Coyote Joe's and kids' piñata craft planned. Info here. The museum is at 217 Metropole Ave., Avalon.

CHA CHA'S LATIN KITCHEN: Putting modern twists on classics, the restaurants are featuring lobster tacos (maseca-dusted lobster tail, cabbage, pico de gallo, avocado and chipotle aioli) and homemade chicken mole enchiladas (chicken simmered with Doña Maria mole in corn tortillas), plus festive sips from the bar. Menu here. Reservations advised. Go here to book. Locations in Brea and Irvine.

CHEVYS FRESH MEX: Join the restaurant's fiestas, with mariachi bands, DJs, margaritas, beers, shots & tacos from 3 p.m.to close at cantinas & outdoor patios. California locations found here.

CHICAS TACOS: Bringing flavor and Mexican culinary favorites to Venice, along with some exclusive dishes just for Dogtown, is the fast casual, award-winning taco company opening May 5 — just in time for Cinco de Mayo — inside Whole Foods Market, 225 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. Music & fun planned. Info here.

CHRONIC TACOS: Celebrate Cinco De Mayo all day Wednesday, May 5 with a two-taco plate for $5 with drink purchase. Pick from al pastor, pollo asado, carnitas or fajita veggies, then add favorite toppings. Promotion excludes, fish, shrimp, steak and beyond beef. The offer is available in store or via online ordering and Chronic Tacos app. Find eateries here in Riverside, Los Angeles and Orange counties.

DEL TACO: Get a "Crunchtada" free with $3 purchase using the offer in the Del Taco app on May 5. The Mexican pizza-ish Crunchtada offers toppings stacked on top of a large, 6-1/2-inch, freshly fried tortilla. Details here. Del Taco location finder here.

DESCANSO MEXICAN RESTAURANT: Cinco de Mayo happy hour meets Wine Wednesday specials all day at the Costa Mesa eatery. Live music begins at 7 p.m. The modern taqueria specializes in authentic Mexican flavors and recipes. Don't miss the new spring margarita . the WATERMELONRITA. Make reservations at 714.486.3798 or online. Descanso is at 1555 Adams Ave., Costa Mesa.

DESI CONTEMPORARY: The Campbell eatery is offering "5/5 specials," with a $5 menu, featuring Butter Chicken Kulcha Chalupa Tacos (vegetarian Pinde Chole option also available), plus $5 celebratory craft cocktails. See website here. Desi Contemprary is at 501 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell.

EL TORITO GRILL: The Brea locale will celebrate Wednesday from 3 p.m. to close with $3 tacos for dine-in patrons. Also planned are satellite drink stations, with hand-crafted specialty drinks, and live music. Info. The restaurant is at 555 Pointe Drive, Brea.

EL POLLO LOCO: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with five tacos for the price of two: When you buy two Tacos al Carbon on May 5, the restaurant will give you three more free. And, as an added bonus, order them online for a free, 5-ounce Tapatío bottle, while supplies last. Details here. Find locations here.

FUEGO: It's Cinco de "Maya" time at the Hotel Maya restaurant May 5, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. with live music from Vintage3 , such dinner specials as Shrimp and Octopus Tostada ($18), Chicken Mole ($32) and Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup ( $12), plus Fuego Street Tacos ($4) and drink deals. Reservations required. Call 562-481-3910 to book or use OpenTable. Located at 700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach.

HERMOSA TAQUERIA: The Tustin taqueria is serving hand-crafted margaritas and house-made salsas. Specials include tortilla soup, guacamole + chips, plus two-taco combo or burrito with bottomless margs, for $22 per person. For more info, call 657-660-5361 or visit this link. Located at Union Market Tustin, 2493 Park Ave., Tustin.

HOPDODDY BURGER BAR: Mark the day with the Fajita Burger, a burger loaded with queso, shaved sirloin, peppers & onions, chicken patty, pico de gallo, lettuce and bean purée. Follow up with churro fries - fried, tossed in cinnamon sugar and drizzled with dark chocolate sauce. Info here. Locations in El Segundo, Playa Vista, Tustin and Fashion Island in Newport Beach.

JIMBOY'S TACOS: This quintessential family business, that began in a trailer on Kings Beach in Lake Tahoe, is serving up its acclaimed fare, along with a new addition — a spicy, crispy Fried Chicken Taco, available through May. Locales here. See the star-studded, company history here.

JIMMY JOHN'S: While not at ALL Cinco-de-Mayo-related, the sandwich chain does have a promo worth a mention as it applies May 5 and will save you some bucks. Get $5 off orders of $20 or more using promo code "5OFF20" before placing an order online or via Jimmy John's App for pickup or contactless delivery. Info here. The deal runs through 13. Only available at participating locations. Find shops here.

LAS BRISAS: Celebrate at the iconic, O.C. cliffside restaurant with White Shrimp and Crab Ceviche, nachos and Elote, along with Las Brisas' margaritas and hand-crafted cocktails. Lunch and dinner menus available for dine-in, delivery and takeaway. See info here. Location: 361 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach.

MARKET TAVERN: The Original Farmers Market spot is hosting festivities with speciality tequila flights, Mexican beers, margaritas and Mexican-inspired pub food like fish tacos, queso fundido and more. Football and baseball games also will be airing on multiple TVs throughout the restaurant. Hours: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Located at 6333 West 3rd St., Los Angeles.

MIGUEL'S JR.: Happy Cinco de Mayo! Score Bean & Cheese or Bean, Rice & Cheese Burritos for $1.99 today, May 5, for Cinco de Mayo. Info here. Locations throughout Inland Empire and Orange counties.

MOUNTAIN MIKE'S PIZZA: Timed perfectly for Cinco de Mayo, the family-style pizza chain adds its new Mini Churrs™ to menus — "cinnamony-sweet, " bite-size churros that come in orders of 16 for $4.99. Location finder here.

PACIFIC CATCH: Book your spot to dine on a line-up of tacos, guac, chips, pescado asado & more, plus a bevy of margarita and drink specials. Book here online. Location finder here. Sites in Dublin, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Francisco and Walnut Creek.

RANDY'S DONUTS: "Made in the spirit of a Mexican fruit cup" and just in time for Cinco de Mayo, the donut empire is launching its "Mango Tajin Donut," a mango marmalade filled raised donut, topped with mango and tajin flavored icing and available at all locations throughout May. Find locations here.

RUBIO'S: For Cinco celebrations, diners get 20% off orders of $75 or more with coupon code: MKTG1134 at checkout. The offer expires May 7. See coupon here. Find nearby Rubio's here.
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RODEO 39 PUBLIC MARKET: The Orange County site is hosting a free, comedy night on Cinco De Mayo at Bearded Tang Brewery. Featured comedians: Alfonso Ochoa Ramon Hernandez Robert Amador Gabe Lubeand Frank Escalante. Info here. The laughs start at 8 p.m. At 12885 Beach Blvd., Stanton.

SOL MEXICAN COCINA: An exclusive menu — just for Cinco de Mayo — is available for dine-in only from 3 p.m. to close in Newport Beach and Playa Vista. Also, the Newport Beach location will provide live music for guests. (To-go orders can be placed over the phone.) Menu highlights: Naked Guacamole with Hass avocado Chorizo and Mushroom Con Queso Taco Vampiro Asada Taco Plates with the choice of two sides and SOL's specialty margaritas. Sites in Newport Beach and Playa Vista.

SOLITA TACOS: A dine-in-only, Cinco de Mayo menu will be available May 5 from 3 p.m. to close, featuring appetizers, tacos, and margaritas, plus live music at both locations. Menu highlights: Ceviche Tropicale with raw fish, lime, serrano chiles, cucumber, tropical fruit, salsa fresca & avocado Spicy Shrimp Tacos Street Taco Plates with sides and specialty drinks. To-go orders can be placed via the phone. Find info here. Solita is at 7631 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach and 24201 Valencia Blvd.in Valencia .

TACOS 1986: Off The Menu is partnering with Tacos 1986 at two locations. Off The Menu members will receive a complimentary perron, flour tortilla wrapped around cheese, pinto beans and guacamole, filled with either carne asada or mushroom, and a Topo Chico Hard Seltzer. In Los Angeles, Tacos 1986, 7235 Beverly Blvd., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for Off The Menu Members only. In Newport Beach, at The Helmsman, 2920 Newport Blvd., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. for Off The Menu Members and general public, with $5 dollar tacos for non-Off The Menu members. Pre-registration not available members show apps to redeem taco and drink. If not an Off The Menu member use code 'taco' to get $10 off first month and celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Details here.

TALLULA'S: The restaurant will be open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. for indoor and outdoor dining, with Chef Brad Long's specials, including Linda's Classic Taco Platters (old-school, grass-fed ground beef, hard-shell tacos), chile relleno and a seasonal ceviche, plus drink specials. Or order the takeout, Ultimate Party Pack ($185 for four to six) with a Nachos Sencillo Kit, Linda's Classic Taco Kit, chicken enchiladas, Caesar salad, rice pudding and bottle of margaritas. Info here. Located at 118 Entrada Drive, Santa Monica.

TEREMANA TEQUILA: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and his small-batch tequila brand, Teremana, are running "Guac on the Rock" promo through May 5 to support local eateries. Restaurant diners, 21 and over, who purchase a Teremana cocktail with order of guacamole will be reimbursed up to $10—whether they dine in or take out. To redeem the deal, upload itemized receipt to guacontherock.com or by scanning the unique QR code. To locate participating restaurants, go to "Find Us" page at Teremana.com. For information and rules, visit guacontherock.com.

TOCAYA ORGANICA: The Venice-founded chain is offering deals for May 5: For dine-in, it's $5.95 margaritas and $2.95 bottled beers or from Tocaya website & app, $2.95 bottled beers, $17.95 to-go margarita bottle . or the four-serving, "taco bar" to-go, featuring black beans, chips, salsa, pico de gallo, vegan chipotle crema, cabbage, cilantro & onions, corn tortillas, choice of two proteins and two quesos. Click here for info. Locations throughout Los Angeles County and in San Diego.

WABA GRILL: Perfect for Cindo de Mayo is Waba Grill's "It's everything you AVO wanted!," free "Half-Ocado™" promo that runs through May. Every entrée purchase is eligible to receive a "true half of a beautiful, thick, perfectly ripe avocado," in partnership with Avocados From Mexico . Info here. Locales throughout the Southland listed here.