Liven Up Stay-At-Home Cinco de Mayo With these Fun Houston Restaurant Packs

Original Ninfa's beef fajitas

Even though closed bars and social distancing is making for the Weirdest Cinco de Mayo Ever, there’s no reason to not celebrate at home. Houston restaurants all over town are putting together great food and drink packages to liven up the day.

The Original Ninfa’s, 2704 Navigation and 1700 Post Oak: In addition to its well-known margarita, the Ninfarita, there are four new flavors available as cocktail kits for curbside pickup and delivery: Mango Habanero, Spicy Margarita, Guava Paloma and Skinny Margarita. These are available by the glass for $9, by the half gallon for $50 (which serves 8 to 10) and by the gallon for $95 (serves 18 to 20). To eat, there are beef and/or chicken fajita dinners for two with sour cream, pico de gallo, guacamole, fresh tortillas, beans and rice for $40. For Cinco de Mayo, diners can add either Grilled Tampico or bacon-wrapped shrimp for $4 or $5 each, respectively.

Cuchara, 214 Fairview: Available only for Cinco de Mayo, the Mexico City-inspired restaurant in Montrose is offering four different meal and drink packages. Depending on the selection, the prices start at $40 for the Soy Luchador with five tacos, guacamole, salsa, corn fritters, margarita to drink alongside and even some swag by way of a Cuchara t-shirt and bag. The biggest package is the La Hurracarrana named for Huracán Ramirez’s famous wrestling move. It’s $100 and includes guacamole, two salsas, pico de gallo, corn fritters, crunchy pork rinds, 20 tacos, margaritas and a lucha libre bag. For order customizations, call Cuchara at (713) 942-0000.

El Big Bad, 419 Travis: In addition to multiple Best Margarita awards, this downtown bar’s claim to fame is for the largest selection of infused tequilas. Those who want to party at home can take advantage of El Big Bad’s Cinco In Place margarita kits and food to go. Order the margarita mix for $18 and add your own tequila at home; makes up to 22 drinks. Or, get the tequila included with the $50 margarita kit, which makes a little over eight drinks. The food options include Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup, Beef Picadillo or Chicken Tinga enchilada dinner and the Fajita Dinner. Visit the website for all the options.

Fajitas A Go Go luchador
Order from Fajitas A Go Go for Cinco de Mayo, and a “luchador” will bring it to you. Courtesy photo.

Fajitas A Go Go, 5404 Kirby: Have the most fun food delivery ever: pre-order your fajitas and drinks and a driver in a luchador mask will bring it to your door. Customers who tag the restaurant on Instagram with a picture of their order or delivery will also get a $10 gift card for future use. The offerings include fajita Family Packs for four or more people starting at $58. The Pack Royale with fancier meats such as beef sirloin, chicken, pulled pork, boar sausage and grilled shrimp is $68. Of course, margaritas alongside are needed, and Fajitas A Go Go sells a batch that serves from 8 to 10 for $15.

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Taco Family Meal. Courtesy photo.

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, 10275 B S Post Oak: For those looking to enjoy some traditional Mexican fare for Cinco de Mayo can order the Taco Family meal package (available in two serving sizes , 4-6 people for $35 and 6-8 people for $50) with your choice of two meats (shredded chicken, seasoned ground beef, spicy pork or grilled veggies for the regular price or fajita beef, fajita chicken, grilled shrimp or shredded brisket for a little extra), two sides (borracho beans, black beans, refried beans, cilantro-lime rice, Mix-Mex rice)m chips with queso and salsa and all the fixings. To commemorate the holiday Fuzzy’s Taco Shop has partnered with Avocados From Mexico to gift 100 lucky winners with free chips & guacamole for a year. Simply purchase Fuzzy’s freshly made guacamole on the 5th using Fuzzy’s reward app to be eligible to win. Winners will be randomly selected after the 5th.

Harold’s, 350 West 19th Street: In addition to its regular menu of southern fare, the Heights restaurant has added some special fare for Cinco de Mayo. The a la carte selections include Pulled Pork & Queso Nachos, Beef Fajita Tacos, Gulf Shrimp Tacos and quesadillas. When ordering, check into the margarita and other drink specials for the day.

Hugo’s, 1600 Westheimer:  For those looking to join a Cinco de Mayo celebration online, Hugo’s is offering up a virtual one via Zoom, complete with dancers, cocktail and cooking demonstrations, and live music for all on Tuesday, May 5 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. The Cinco de Mayo Menu and Margarita Kit for two is available for online ordering and pick-up from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on the 5th, with everything you need at home to participate. The menu & kit includes all of the following items including the Zoom celebration for $95 plus tax: Hornitos Plata Margarita’s for 2 (yields 4-5 margaritas), Guacamole and chips with Salsa y Totopos and Coctel de Camaron with shrimp, avocado, cilantro, tomatoes, onions, jalapenos and salsa with your choice of tacos for two with your choice of of meat: carnitas, chicken or wood grilled skirt steak and of course tres leches for dessert.

Hungry’s, 2356 Rice and 14714 Memorial: The restaurants have added a special Cinco de Mayo Family Feast to their ongoing packs that feed four. The assorted taco tray features three each of spicy beef tenderloin, chicken tinga and ahi tuna tacos, as well as housemade tortilla chips, queso and salsa. Also available is the Mango Margarita to go for $10.

Molina’s Cantina, 7901 Westheimer and 3801 Bellaire: Take home a fajita fiesta, such as the Grilled Fajitas for two with premium hand-trimmed skirt steak and marinated chicken breasts with rice, beans, housemade flour tortillas, chips and salsa for $34.95. All-chicken and all-beef fajita packages for one or for two are also available, as is the queso. Have either a frozen or shaken margarita alongside: either is $9.

Multiple Locations Around Town

Chuy's individual frozen margarita kit
Chuy’s individual frozen margarita kit. Courtesy photo.

Chuy’s: Founded in Austin in 1982, this Texas-grown chain has spread its made-from-scratch Tex-Mex dishes and fresh-squeezed lime juice margaritas from the southern to eastern United States. Its Cinco de Mayo Family Meal Kits, include options such as fajitas, tacos and enchiladas with all the fixings. There’s a special Cinco Party Kit available to order online for $20 with swag such as two of Chuy’s branded 18-ounce Texas Martini shakers, a pair of Tito’s sunglasses, Modelo beer coasters and mustache bottle openers. In addition, domestic beers are $2, premium or imported beers are $3 and there are margarita kits to go. Visit the Chuy’s Facebook pages for Cinco de Mayo-themed entertainment and a custom Zoom background, and participate in the online “cheers” with a cheers emoji and the hashtag #chuysdemayo to try and set a record for the biggest one ever.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar: With five locations in the Houston area, Hopdoddy is offering its Celebrate Cinco in Quarantin-O packages on May 5 and 6. These are available for online ordering and curbside pick up. One package is for chips and dips the other is for margaritas. The Party Starter with chips, guacamole and pico de gallo is $10 and the Big Ass Margarita Kit with Jose Cuervo tequila, margarita mix and limes costs $40. It makes up to eight drinks.

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille: With locations in several parts of Houston — and the fact that this special runs not just on Monday, but through Thursday, May 7 — this big pack is very convenient for both groups of coworkers and large families. The new Steakhouse Fajita Smorgasbord TO-GO feeds four to six and includes five pounds of mixed fajitas — Encrusted Ribeye, Signature Pork, sautéed shrimp, and sous vide grilled chicken — and side fixings such as tortillas, sautéed vegetables, Mexican rice, guacamole and much more. The cost is $125. To drink alongside, there’s a Smoky Rita cocktail kit that makes six drinks for $45. The specials are only available for curbside pickup between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. Tax and a 15% handling fee is added; a gratuity is not expected. Customers must present proof of age for alcohol orders and to-go alcohol must accompany a food purchase.

Mariachi Aguilas de Houston
Tacos A Go Go is live-streaming a concert by Mariachi Aguilas de Houston for Cinco de Mayo. Courtesy photo.

Tacos A Go Go: Order from the location nearest you (Midtown, Heights, Oak Forest or Cinco Ranch) then get into the Cinco de Mayo spirit with Taco A Go Go’s Facebook Live stream featuring Mariachi Aguilas de Houston. The music starts at 5 p.m. To enjoy at home, Tacos A Go Go offers a 5-5-5 Party Pack with a half-gallon of margaritas for $59.99. The family pack feeds four and comes with meat and fixings for two tacos per person, as well as salsa, chips tortillas, rice, beans and house-made sopapillas. Customers will receive a gift card for a free taco if they tag the company on Instagram with a photo of their order.

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