Tacos and margaritas are tried and true Cinco de Mayo staples, but this year, we implore you to take your taco-consumption to the next level with anything-but-basic iterations of the celebrated handheld. From water buffalo to steak and eggs (and even a burrito, for good measure), here are five of the most delicious ways to fête Cinco de Mayo this weekend.
Since Cinco de Mayo lands on a Friday, it's only natural to dub it a weekend-long holiday; as such, make it your duty to keep the taco binge going beyond the 5th at this River North taco joint, which launches its first-ever brunch service on May 6. One of the brunch-only offerings is a playful steak and eggs taco topped with queso blanco, pico de gallo, and salsa de arbol. If you want your Tallboy fix on Friday, too, don't miss the equally unique fried avocado taco, which features avocado battered in Lagunitas beer, pico de gallo, shredded lechuga, and lemon-mustard aioli. 325 W. Huron St., 312-488-4917
Mexican and Korean cuisines collide at the Chicago outpost of this St. Louis-based concept. Score "Seoul Tacos" on Cinco de Mayo and beyond that reflect the brand's unique fusion, and come loaded with Korean-style seasoned beef (of course), and ingredients like Korean salad mix, green onions, Seoul sauce, crushed sesame seeds, and a wedge of lime for a citrusy punch. 738 N. Clark St., 312-265-1607
This taco shop is no stranger to creativity, given its penchant for outside-the-box weekly specials and a lineup that's both over a dozen varieties deep and packed with ingredients and flavors not often found in tacos—and this week's bahn mi-inspired number is no exception. The limited-edition taco is only available through Sunday, and spotlights tender water buffalo meat nestled in a house-made hibiscus corn tortilla. It’s finished with avocado ranch, pickled carrots, pickled daikon radish, fresh jalapeno slices, Korean barbecue sauce, and fresh cilantro. 1110 N. State St., 312-763-2654
This isn't a taco, but hear us out: this Cinco de Mayo-only burrito is—as its name suggests—something you won't find anywhere else. The secret lies in the tortilla, which is lined with a thick layer of chihuahua cheese that encapsulates the ingredients as it's rolled; slow-roasted Slagel Family Farm carnitas, avocado, little gem romaine, roasted poblano peppers, pork fat refried beans, sour cream, guaca-verde, onions, and cilantro are all swaddled within. $30 pitchers of house-made margaritas and sangrias round out the festivities. 8 W. Maple St., 312-944-8888
From Cinco de Mayo through this Sunday only (May 5-7), these Wicker Park sister restaurants are collaborating to bring Chicagoans three inventive breakfast-inspired tacos to get their mornings started right: the migas taco (tortilla chips drowned in salsa, eggs, pickled red onion, and queso fresco), the huevos con carne taco (grilled steak, peppers, onion, eggs, and spicy tomato salsa), and the chorizo verde taco (crispy potatoes, green chorizo, and eggs). Pick yours up between 9 and 11 a.m. at Big Star's to-go window, and wash it all down with Dark Matter coffee. 1531 N. Damen Ave., 773-235-4039