The siren call of mobile margaritas proved to be powerful on Cinco De Mayo as people swarmed Mexican restaurants around DC. If you’re still looking to satisfy a carnitas craving, plenty of spots are offering build-your-own taco platters, beach-y cocktails, and DIY fajitas from their regular menus.
The coastal Mexican restaurant from sibling team Alfredo and Jessica Solis grills seafood dishes, tacos, and mole over charcoal. Our move: wash down jalapeno-buttered lobster and ceviche with guava or prickly pear margaritas. Takeout only.
The “farm-to-taco” shop tops gluten-free tortillas with a rainbow of vegetables: smoky collard greens, sweet potato hash, and beets layered with cilantro-lime yogurt. On Tuesday and Thursday, the restaurant also offers black bean or mushroom enchiladas, taco boxes, and margarita pitchers (must order the day before by 5 PM). Delivery and takeout.
There are plenty of plant-based options alongside meaty ones at the Takoma Park cantina. Think cheesy, mushroom-stuffed quesadillas or a $60 build-your-own taco kit that can be made with vegan fixings like chopped cactus. Takeout margaritas like pineapple-parsley-mint can be made with tequila or mezcal. Delivery and takeout.
The Solis’ Logan Circle spot is a perennial favorite for traditional Mexican dishes like tacos, mole, torta sandwiches, and fresh masa sopes. The full menu is available online for pickup. Takeout only.
The taco truck turned shop and rooftop bar are slinging tacos and jugs of margaritas. Pick a filling—options include fried avocado, smoked brisket, and carnitas with tangy pineapple slaw—to roll into a burrito, load on a taco, or scoop into a bowl. Delivery and takeout.
The longtime Dupont Circle spot offers combo plates and margaritas on the move, as well as fare from around Latin America. Check the daily specials for rotating dishes like wine-marinated quail and surf-and-turf platters. Delivery and takeout.
Pretend you’re at happy hour, sipping margaritas and Corona while grazing on salsa and guacamole at the twin cantinas. Tacos come with fillings for both steak-lovers and vegetarians alike. Delivery and takeout.
Mi Vida 98 District Sq., SW1 Roberto Santibañez‘ waterfront restaurant is offering a la carte modern Mexican fare and all the trimmings for a taco spread at home for two. The $29 box features your choice of taco with salsa, guacamole, and chips. You can also stock up on protective gear with gloves, masks, and hand sanitizer made in DC by Cotton and Reed. Delivery and takeout.
This new pop-up market offering prepared food and grocery items (yes, they’re stocked on toilet paper) is a collaboration between former Oyamel chef Christian Irabién and the team behind Buck’s and Comet Ping Pong. Order a taco platter and add unexpected sides like cucumbers and carrots sprinkled with tangy tajin, verdant pico de gallo, and mezcal negronis mixed with DC’s Capitoline vermouth. Delivery and takeout.
Republic Cantina 43 N St., NW
The Tex-Mex kitchen offers meal kits to make sizzling fajitas and cheesy enchiladas at home. Throw back a pico shot or order breakfast tacos stuffed with egg and bacon or chorizo. Delivery and takeout.
Penn Quarter, Springfield, Vienna, Falls Church, Fairfax
Victor Albisu‘s taco joint crafts creative tacos (think bulgogi beef or octopus) as well as more traditional Mexican street fare and all-day breakfast. The restaurant is also offering their grapefruit-vanilla margarita mix for carryout—just add tequila and triple sec. Delivery and takeout.
Tacos, Tortas, Tequila 8407 Ramsey Ave., Silver Spring; 2900 Wilson Blvd., Arlington
The taco-and-torta shop is offering a $36 feast for two. Pick your protein, sides, and dessert—either churros or tres leches. Smoked brisket tortas and yuca fries are also available a la carte, as well as spicy jalapeno margaritas. Delivery and takeout.
Taqueria Del Barrio 821 Upshur St., NW Anna Bran-Leis‘ Petworth restaurant reopened on Cinco De Mayo with beer-battered shrimp tacos, savory buffalo-chicken empanadas, and salsa-topped chimichangas. Add on pitchers of margaritas or build-your-own taco kits for two ($25) and four ($45). Delivery and takeout.
3710 14th St NW; 8145 Baltimore Ave., College Park
The colorful taquerias freshly press corn tortillas for street tacos topped with spicy chorizo and barbacoa goat. Order cocktails, cold Mexican beer, and refreshing aguas frescas from the Columbia Heights and College Park locations. Delivery and takeout.
Tico 1926 14th St., NW
The 14th Street restaurant is offering margaritas by the glass or the jug to pair with guacamole, beef crunch wraps, and baja-style fish tacos. Meals kits comes with 12 or 24 tortillas for a taco feast. Delivery and takeout.
Mexico City chef Alam Méndez Florián stuffs Oaxacan-corn tortillas with crispy chicharron,s chili-spiked lamb, and pepperjack cheese. Margaritas are available in three sizes, whether you’re sipping a single serving or looking for something larger. The chef is also putting together a taco feast for four ($38) or six ($58). Delivery and takeout.
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Daniella Byck joined Washingtonian in August 2018. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied journalism and digital culture. Originally from Rockville, she lives in Logan Circle.