Thanks to our collective unconscious Mexican history (and the number of frat dudes at UCLA), Los Angeles goes as hard for Cinco de Mayo as Boston does for St. Patrick’s Day. And this year, this celebration of not-Mexican-independence falls on a Sunday — which means the whole weekend is ripe for drinking/eating ceviche/celebrating in honor of the Mexican Army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle Of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (thanks, History Channel!) Here are our picks for the best food-and-drink specials going on in town — and the best Cinco de Mayo events in LA as well.
The Pie Hole
OK, they’re not alcoholic, but bear with us: if you’re anywhere near any of the eight locations of The Pie Hole, pick up one of their special-for-Cinco Strawberry Margarita pie holes, each of which is stuffed with strawberry filling, topped with red triple sec icing, a candy lime slice and salt flakes. You’ll have plenty of opportunities for boozing elsewhere.