Rest in peace to the Cinco de Mayo antics we’ve come to know and love. What’s even more tragic is that in 2020, the holiday is on a Tuesday, better known as Taco Tuesday. Although Tampa Bay bars and restaurants won’t be hosting a slew of drunks (at full capacity that is), that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a margarita and eats from concepts around town. If you’re staying cozy in quarantine come May 5, here’s a list of Cinco de Mayo take-out options at your fingertips—allowing you to celebrate from your couch. No sombrero necessary. Keep in mind these specials may not be available through UberEats, so you may have to order via phone. If you have any festive events or takeout specials, let us know in the comments.
Bartaco Cinco Kits feed four people and include two taco fillings (makes 16 tacos), three sides, salsa verde and chips. You can also order some margs—but orders must be placed via Bartaco’s website by May 4. The Hyde Park favorite also is hosting an all-day virtual cinco celebration on its Instagram page; check out @bartacolife from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. to get in on yoga classes, cooking demos and even a live DJ set with DJ Darth Fader. 1601 W. Snow Ave, Tampa. bartaco.com/cincokit
Brass Bowl From May 1-5, locals can snag two tacos and a brew for $10.95. Brass Bowl’s Cinco de Mayo Especial offers a braised pork or seared chicken taco with pico de gallo, onions, lime crema and cilantro. 727-201-4400. 656 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. brassbowlkitchen.com
C.1949 Florida Beer Garden Xtreme Tacos is teaming up with C.1949 to provide newborn-sized burritos, tacos and half-priced house-made sangria. Although you won’t be able to get this deal delivered, a little fresh air might be nice. The beer garden is set to play a little Mexican music to set the mood. 3 p.m. 6905 N. Orleans Ave., Tampa. INFO
Casa Tina Literally an all-day affair, you can tune in with the staff of Casa Tina as they celebrate Cinco de Mayo virtually with Tampa Bay. Hop on Facebook Live from 7:45 a.m.-8:45 p.m., and make the transition from pajamas to party attire to eat, drink and get a sense of community from your couch. Casa Tina encourages ordering from the restaurant on May 4 to assemble your entrees the next day. 727-734-9226. 365 Main St., Dunedin. INFO
Catrina’s Tacos and Taqueria Bar All day $10 specials are loaded on the “Quarantine de Mayo” menu. You can order at the counter, or call ahead for pickup. Beginning at 11 a.m. 813-898-8628. 1611 N. Howard Ave., Tampa. catrinasgroup.com
Counter Culture For the big day, foodies can dig in on a three-course meal (guacamole kit, woodfired taco kit, and homemade churros with salted dulce de leche and chocolate sauces) for $29.09/person. Customers can also snag a margarita kit for $19.91 which serves two, or Modelo Especial for $3 each. 813-570-8660. 2909 W. Bay to Bay no. 100, Tampa. cc-tampa.com/pick-up-menu
Datz Datz's two locations—South Tampa and St. Petersburg—have Korean pork belly taco kits waiting for you and the fam. datztampa.com
Flying Boat Brewing Co. The brewery has linked up with Boardwalk Vibes to provide taco trio specials (beef, chicken, shrimp, veggie or blue crab) ranging from $6-$14. All tacos are served on gluten-free corn tortillas. Not into tacos? Wings, fries and salads are also up for grabs. You can start placing your order as early as 9 a.m. Pickups from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. 727-800-2999 or visit boardwalkvibes.com
Fusion Street Eatery Opening up its seating for limited capacity and social distancing measures, you can grab a brew and some tacos at Fusion Street or you can stick to takeout and delivery eats. Totally your call. Either way, the restaurant is hosting specials and is pouring cold ones all day long. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 727-533-5390. 422 Patricia Ave., Dunedin. INFO
Gallito Chef Ferrell Alvarez's taco stand isn't open at Sparkman Wharf or The Joinery in Lakeland, but you can still get your Gallito fix to-go by ordering the pop-up Rooster Redux in Seminole Heights. You can get eight tacos, chips and queso plus street corn for $28. 813-374-8940. 6500 N. Florida Ave., Tampa. roosterandthetill.com
Mekenita Hopping back in the saddle, Seminole Heights’ Mekenita is offering both dine-in and takeout service on Cinco de Mayo. You can make a reservation for your 75-minute spot via phone. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 813-232-8226. 6706 N. Florida Ave., Tampa. mekenitacantina.com
PhillyBuster The food truck is setting up shop at Seazen Rocky Luxury Apartments. PhillyBuster encourages customers to order ahead to adhere to social distancing protocol. Check out the truck’s Facebook page for the coming menu of specials. Don;’t expect typical Cinco de Mayo eats, the truck is known for Philly-style sandwiches, smoked pulled pork and cold chicken salad. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. 330-388-2003. 7616 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. INFO
Red Mesa All Red Mesa locations are serving up to-go margaritas, and promoting home celebrations for "Cinco De Mayo Meets Taco Tuesday.” That means a party pack, $12 per person (minimum of eight people), with your choice of protein, tortilla, toppings and sides. Just a heads up, customers must order to-go for booze. redmesatogo.com
Sea Dog Cantina Order to go and/or grab a half-gallon house margarita for $25 or a 6-pack of Sea Dog brew for $10. The concept is also offering Package A or B loaded with taco kits, street corn, queso dip and more. Noon-8 p.m. 2832 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport. INFO
Stuft Gourmet Foods Hot damn, time to get Stuft. The concept is taking pre-orders for SoCal-style taco kits, tamales and empanadas. Taco kits are $42 and come with either carne de res asada or pollo asado, as well as 15 yellow corn nixtamal tortillas, culantro, onion, salsa roja, avocado tomatillo crema and queso fresco. All items are available for pickup or delivery with minimum $40 purchase. Get your order in before May 4 at 8 p.m. 619-309-3119. 6657 49th St. N., Pinellas Park. INFO
Taco Bus Call-in takeout, online ordering or UberEats and DoorDash. Taco Bus is making it easy to take advantage of $2 tacos for Cinco De Mayo. Multiple locations. taco-bus.com
Tierra Mexicana Rev up your engine and go pick up a heaping helping of eats for Cinco de Mayo. If you spend $20 at Tierra Mexicana, you receive a free margarita. Heads up, this offer is limited to one per person and is only valid for pickup only. 8405 N. Himes Ave. no. 105, Tampa. tierramexicanarestaurant.com
The Wheelhouse Taco Tuesday specials will be in effect, as well as some new specialty tacos The Wheelhouse is working on. Need to wet your whistle? You can also grab takeaway pints of sangria as well as jugs of cerveza. Takeout and delivery available. $20 minimum purchase for free delivery on Tuesdays. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 727-623-0589. 7220 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. INFO
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