Cinco de Mayo, is a day that celebrates the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla on 5 May 1862. Within Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is primarily celebrated in the state of Puebla, although other parts of the country also take part in the celebration. However like many cultural celebrations, across the world people celebrate and partake in different ways – and Cinco de Mayo is no exception. Americans look forward to the day to partake in Mexican beer, lots of margaritas and enjoy delicious Mexican-inspired food.
We asked some Mexican chef’s around Savannah what they would eat at their own restaurants on Cinco de Mayo. Rather than phone in your regular order, why not celebrate the day by ordering the chef’s favorites.
When asked Bull Street replied, ” We think our taco box is the best thing going right now.” How could it not be with each box built to make 20 tacos with ingredients such as handmade masa tortillas, cilantro, sliced jalapenos, limes, onion, queso fresco, roasted salsa, salsa verde your choice of 3 of these: pork carnitas, homemade chorizo, mojo chicken or seasoned ground beef. Also, added was that the burritos are pretty dope if you haven’t had before.
Both Sergio and Mauricio’s favorite hands down is the the pork carnitas. You will find that on the menu under Chile Verde which is accompanied by guacamole dip, salad, rice, beans and warm tortillas. Also, if you are thinking you might need some tequila to wash down those carnitas. They are Savannah’s only true Tequila bar, stocked with over 100 labels of agave spirits. Their mixologists hand-pick a changing menu of Tequila, Mezcal and Sotol spirits in Blanco (silver), Reposado, Añejo and Extra-Añejo from well-known family distilleries and artisanal houses.
Jalapenos has been serving Savannah authentic food for 20 years. They offer an extensive menu of authentic and fusion Mexican food. Without a doubt the chef recommends you try their Molcajete (mohl-kah-heh-teh) which is grilled strips of marinated steak, chicken and shrimp with red peppers, onion, special sauce and Oaxaca cheese. You can ask for it mild, medium or hot. It comes served with guacamole salad, tortillas and rice or beans.
Tucked away in the Twelves Oaks shopping mall is a hidden local hot spot. It is serious Mexican comfort food and extremely affordable. The staff here likes the mix all three fajitas but ADD chorizo. Steak, chicken, shrimp and chorizo grilled to perfection with sauteed bell peppers and onions, with a chef salad, rice, beans and three tortillas.