This weekend the San Fernando Valley gears up to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!
By Danrochelle D. Yumul
Literally translated to the fifth of May, Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory of the Mexican government against the French army in the Battle of the Puebla.
Today, this celebration is popularly known as a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, especially in areas with a large Mexican/Mexican-American population.
Festivities in the valley include a number of restaurants with drink and food specials as well as live bands playing at their establishments.
Come on down! Bring your family and friends and celebrate Cinco de Mayo around the San Fernando Valley.
Anejo Cantina and Grill
14755 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA
Established in 2015, Anejo Cantina and Grill offers excellent food, craft cocktails, and live entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays. Happy hour is from Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm. Their weekend brunch is from 11 am to 3 pm and includes bottomless mimosas. On Sundays, they have a DJ spinning from 1 pm to 4 pm.
Anejo Cantina and Grill kicks off their Cinco de Mayo festivities starting Friday, May 3rd through Sunday, May 5th. Son de Noche, a cover band, will be playing all weekend at their location. Drink and food specials available. Doors open at 11 am.
Barragan’s Mexican Restaurant
730 N. Victory Blvd, Burbank, CA
814 S Central Ave., Glendale, CA
A Burbank staple since 1961, Barragan’s provides its patrons with generous food portions, strong margaritas, and a family-friendly atmosphere. Every Tuesday, they offer a buy two drinks and get two entrees for $14.75. On Wednesdays, 12oz classic margaritas are only $2.75.
To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Barragan’s will have a mariachi band playing in their patio. Drink and food specials will be available at both their Glendale and Burbank locations. The celebration begins at 2 pm but it’s recommended to arrive an hour early to get good seats on the patio.
La Paz Mexican Seafood
4505 Las Virgenes Rd., Calabasas, CA
Since 1981, one of the valley’s best-kept secrets is Family owned and operated Las Hadas Restaurant and Entertainment serves up authentic Mexican cuisine inspired by popular dishes from and around Las Hadas, Colima, Mexico with a side of live musical entertainment ranging from jazz, big band, rock, and mariachi.
Happy hour is available from Monday through Saturday 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm; specials include $3.99 margaritas, draft beer, pomegranate martinis, and select appetizers.
For Cinco de Mayo, they will have a live band from 11:30 am – 3:30 pm along with $5 drink specials which include draft beer and margaritas. Food specials will also be available.
Los Toros Mexican Restaurant Cantina
21743 Devonshire St., Chatsworth, CA
Cinco de Mayo comes early to Los Toros! A local favorite since 1967, the restaurant offered daily specials on drinks and food since Monday, with the celebration culminating in their Sunday Brunch, a mariachi band, and more libations!
Their Sunday brunch includes bottomless mimosas and a balloon artist for the kids.
Tequilas Bar & Grill
13627 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys, CA
Another family owned and run restaurant, Tequilas has been a part of the San Fernando Valley for the past two decades.
Their daily specials include Margarita Mondays $3.49 (all day), Tuesday Pina Colada $2.99 (all day), and a Sunday brunch, including Champagne and Mimosas for $15.99 per person. Happy hours are 7 days a week from 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm and late night happy hour are from 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm.
Tequilas will have a live band at 4 pm to celebrate this Sunday. Specials for Sunday will include $5.99 margaritas and beer, $5 Cazadores shots, a bucket of beer for $24.95 and 2 for $5 carnitas tacos.
Trejo’s Cantina Woodland Hills
21550 Oxnard St, Woodland Hills CA 91367
Rumored to be a celebrity and owner Danny Trejo’s favorite location, Trejo’s Cantina in Woodland Hills will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with lunch and drink specials as well as giveaways from their sponsor, El Jimador.
Visit their website www.trejostacos.com or follow them on Facebook and Instagram for updates in Sunday’s festivities. You may just run into Machete himself.
And of course, not to be left out of the Cinco de Mayo celebrations, some breweries in the valley will be having their own celebrations as well.
8951 De Soto Ave, Canoga Park, CA
Local brewery 8one8 Brewing will be serving tacos and micheladas all day, along with their usual beer offerings.
Food will be served from 12 pm – 4 pm by Las Delicias Bakery and Restaurant, a local Mexican restaurant in Canoga Park.
From 4 pm until they sell out, Heavy Hitterz Street Food will be serving their signature Cali King Tacos and a surprise menu item.
MacLeod Ale Brewing Co.
14741 Calvert St., Van Nuys, CA
For Cinco de Mayo, MacLeod’s is releasing a new beer called “Flame of Wrath”, a spicy, citrusy beer infused with Habanero and Serrano chili peppers. Brunch will be served from 10 am – 1 pm with Huevos Rancheros, Chorizo Con Huevos, and Chilaquiles. Rice, beans, and tortillas available upon request. Beef, and pork tacos, and calabacitas tacos (as a vegetarian option) will be served during lunch from 1 pm – 5 pm. Dinner, from 5 pm – 10 pm will include Neapolitan Wood Fired pizza, elote pizza, and al pastor street taco pizza.
Micheladas will be served on the patio to imbibe right there and then or to purchase and take home for later.