(credit: Mi Casa)

(credit: Mi Casa)


Cinco de Mayo is a prime day for celebrating the 1862 victory of the Mexican Army during the Franco-Mexican War. Or, it’s just a great day to enjoy fabulous Mexican food and stellar margaritas and other specialty cocktails at one of the many restaurants in the OC area offering tasty Cinco de Mayo treats like these.

(credit: Solita Tacos and Margaritas)

(credit: Solita Tacos and Margaritas)


Solita Tacos and Margaritas
7631 Edinger Ave., Suite 1508
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
(714) 894-2792
www.solitatacos.com

Just in time for Cinco De Mayo, modern, Solita Tacos and Margaritas Chef Deborah Schneider has joined up with with meal delivery service Chef’s to deliver delicious Baja-inspired food to your door. Fresh pre-portioned ingredients are delivered along with easy to follow step by step recipes. Try the Spicy Garlic Steak Fajitas with Chimichurri Sauce from Chef Deb’s “The Mexican Slow Cooker.” All Cinco de Mayo Party Boxes come with Garden Fresh Gourmet Chips & Salsa and two miniature maracas. Don’t want to dine in? Then head on into Solita for one of their house margaritas.

(credit: La Vida)

(credit: La Vida)


La Vida Cantina
1870 Harbor Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 612-2349
www.lavidacantina.com

At Costa Mesa’s La Vida Cantina, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated with live music, pinatas, and a taco man. It’s a real fiesta which will be packed with tasty treats like ahi tuna tostaditas and crispy chicken tostaditas. They make the perfect accompaniment to a cold cerveza, or a signature margarita. Enjoy the evening in this modern space along with authentic cuisine, as well as an outdoor bar serving up tasty drinks and five fire pits which will ward off any chilly evening air.

(credit: Moreno’s)

(credit: Moreno’s)


Moreno’s
4328 E Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92869
(714) 639-2181
www.morenosrestaurant.com

Located in a lush space with fountains and gardens, Moreno’s is a true Orange County classic. So, it’s no surprise that they will be offering an excellent Cinco de Mayo celebration that’s also wonderfully old school. Along with Aztec dancers, mariachis, and folklorico for entertainment, you can enjoy tasty margaritas from lime to tutti-frutti to add to the fun. Combination plates offer choices like rellenos, tacos, and enchiladas from chicken to fish to veggie.

(credit: Tortilla Republic)

(credit: Tortilla Republic)


Tortilla Republic
480 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 393-4888
www.tortillarepublic.com

House margaritas? Jalapeno margaritas? Yes! Both offerings will be available at Thirsty Thursday discount prices for Cinco de Mayo at Tortilla Republic. And don’t forget about the tortillas!. Make sure to try them with quesadilla mole chicken, or crab and shrimp bisque. The large bar and cool, modern space is as relaxing as it is welcoming. Settle in for some Cinco de Mayo drinks and fun.

(credit: Mi Casa)

(credit: Mi Casa)


Mi Casa
296 E 17th St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 645-7626
www.micasa1.com

At Mi Casa, their traditional margaritas are made with an award winning house margarita mix that’s been a “family secret” since 1972. With drinks that include a cucumber cilantro or strawberry basil margarita, all you need to add to the Cinco de Mayo celebration is some of this traditional, festive-looking restaurant’s delicious tacos and enchiladas, or perhaps a Mexican pizza.

Genie Davis is a multi-published journalist, novelist, and screenwriter. She lives near the beach in Los Angeles. See more on: CBSLA | eco-exist.com | geniedavis.com | DiversionsLA | Twitter.