Southwest Detroit’s Mexican restaurants and bakeries are gearing up to offer options for at-home celebrations during this year’s highly unusual Cinco de Mayo. While the holiday, which marks a historic battle during the Franco-Mexican War, might usually attract huge crowds to the neighborhood to dine and watch the annual parade. But this year, the event is likely to be more subdued due to the novel coronavirus and Michigan’s stay-at-home order. Businesses alongside partners at the Southwest Detroit Business Association (SDBA) are now rolling out special family style-meals, carryout deals, cocktail mixers, and “fiesta boxes” to help support the local economy while partying from home.
Many businesses in southwest Detroit adopted new carryout and delivery procedures following statewide executive orders closing restaurants and bars to dine-in service in March. The order remains in place through Thursday, May 28. Restaurants and stores are also limiting the number of people coming inside at once and asking patrons to wear a mask and practice proper social distancing when picking up orders. Those rules are in line with statewide orders requiring masks in enclosed public spaces and placing capacity limits on restaurants and grocery stores.
The SDBA also developed a list with information for the community of which businesses are open and what services they provide. As part of the Cinco de Mayo promotion, several restaurants have meal and cocktail kits and one taqueria is even offering a “food bundle” with an accompanying virtual cooking class. Check out some of today’s Cinco de Mayo specials below and find the full list online:
- El Asador Steakhouse (1312 Springwells St.): This Springwells favorite is offering free guacamole with orders of $15 or more. Call 313-297-2360 to place a takeout order.
- Taqueria El Nacimiento (7400 W. Vernor Hwy.): Pick up a “taco family meal deal” from El Nacimiento featuring 20 tacos plus rice, beans, chips, and salsa for $35 per kit. Call 313-554-1790 to place an order.
- Mariscos El Salpicon (8600 W. Vernor Hwy.): This coastal Mexican seafood spot in Springwells is serving Charola Mexicanas (Mexican food trays) with camarones estilo cucaracha (spicy-style shrimp), Mexican rice, and aguachile verde (a green seafood ceviche-style dish). Customers can also pick up prepared micheladas. Call (313) 914-2214 to place an order for carryout. Delivery is available for orders over $75.
- Prince Valley Market (5931 Michigan Ave.): This Michigan Avenue grocery store is selling one-pound containers of guacamole with free bags of Prince Valley-brand tortilla chips.
- Tamaleria Nuevo Leon (2669 W. Vernor Hwy.): This carryout shop on West Vernor near the train station serves variety of tamales including chicken; pork; cheese and jalapeno; bean; and sweet tamales. Call 313-962-8066 to place an order.
- Taqueria y Cenaduria Triángulo Dorado (8065 W. Vernor Hwy.): This restaurant specializes in dishes from Sinaloa, Durango, and Chihuahua and is offering “food bundles” with recipes for customers to prepare at home. Customers can also follow along with a Facebook Live segment where restaurant owners Karina and Santiago will demonstrate how to prepare the meal. Call 313-652-5247 to place orders.