Cinco De Mayo falls on Friday, May 5. You know what that means? Fabulous food, margaritas, and queso, that’s what. But we’re going to take you beyond the typical Tex-Mex fare you’re used to. We’re going to share with you four unique restaurants offering elegant, diverse, and culturally rich Mexican food. Four of Houston’s best Mexican restaurants are offering Cinco De Mayo specials.
Here are some places where we recommend you place reservations ASAP:
1600 Westheimer | 713.524.7744 | www.hugosrestaurant.net
$5 Margaritas and Palomas during lunch service plus a menu of daily specials. Happy hour drinks from lunch to 6:30 PM. Drink specials during happy hour and dinner with featured producers, including Casa Nobles, El Tesoro, Gran Centenario, and Espolon. Live music from 5:30-8:30 pm by the house band, Viento. Live mariachi from 8:30-10:00 PM.
A truly elegant restaurant, Hugo’s takes its patrons far beyond the Mexican staples of fajitas and tacos. Here you’ll find exquisite dishes such as ceviche, roasted duck in mole poblano, and lamb barbacoa. Named after renowned chef and founder, Hugo Ortega, the recipes are derived from the many diverse regions of Mexico. Everything is made from scratch, including various cheeses, moles, tortillas, and chocolate. Hugo’s is also known for its award-winning wine program, cocktail, and tequila menus.
1777 Walker in Marriott Marquis Houston Downtown | 713.400.3330 | www.xochihouston.com
$5 Margaritas and Palomas during lunch, plus a menu of daily specials. Happy hour drinks from lunch to 6:30 PM. Drink specials during happy hour and dinner with featured producers, including Casa Nobles, El Tesoro, Gran Centenario and Espolon. Live Mariachi music from 7-9 pm
Another cultural gem, Xochi celebrates the culinary and indigenous beauty of Oaxaca, Mexico. On a mission to preserve the primitive customs and unique flavors of the Oaxaca region, Xochi is the latest creative endeavor of award-winning Chef Hugo Ortega. The Xochi menu features a wide variety of housemade masas incorporating many types and colors of corn, an endless variety of moles, housemade chocolate, and ribbons of cheese (called quesillo) wrapped into balls. Coffee imported Oaxacan, tlayudas (huge tortillas, fire-roasted with toppings), beans cooked with avocado leaves, and even grasshoppers are among the distinctive and diverse Oaxacan-inspired dishes.
2200 Post Oak Blvd #160 | 712.622.9996 | www.caracol.net
$5 Margaritas and Palomas during lunch service plus a menu of daily specials. Happy hour drinks from lunch to 6:30 pm. Drink specials during happy hour and dinner with featured producers, including Casa Nobles, El Tesoro, Gran Centenario, and Espolon. Live Mariachi music from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
Yet another culinary adventure by Chef Hugo, this time alongside Restaurateur Tracy Vaught. The word Caracol means “snail” in Spanish, and is nostalgic for Chef Hugo who often enjoyed preparing ceviche de caracol (conch ceviche) in his brother Jose Luis’ kitchen at a resort in Playa del Carmen. The Caracol menu is a culinary tour along the Mexican coast, shared by sixteen of the country’s states.
Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen
Two Locations: 6401 Woodway Dr. | 1140 Eldridge Pkwy | www.sylviasenchiladas.com
Sylvia’s House Margaritas, $6.50; Sylvia’s Skinny Margaritas made with Demetrio Blanco Tequila, $9; Z Tequila Margaritas, $9; Perfect Patron Margaritas, $10. Surprise gifts for random customers, and $3 Enchiladas.
Not only is May 5 Cinco de Mayo, it’s also National Enchilada Day! Clearly, this means you much eat enchiladas. Restaurant founder, Sylvia Casares, is famous nationwide for her flavorful menu of eighteen unique enchilada dishes and amazing Mexican desserts.
Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen, Woodway Location (713.334.7295):
Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen, Eldridge Location (832.230.3842):