Although not the most celebrated holiday in Mexico, Americans love to observe Cinco de Mayo. This year, the holiday falls on a Friday, increasing the likelihood of honoring the fiesta for most Americans. Since many individuals will not have to wake up early for work, they will celebrate longer into the night. Most Americans go out for Cinco de Mayo, bringing restaurants more business than the average day.
What to Eat on Cinco de Mayo
On Cinco de Mayo, customers will likely order Mexican cuisine, even if they are not dining at a traditional Mexican restaurant. As an appetizer, consumers love ordering chips and salsa, or chips and guacamole, especially on this holiday. In fact, the California Avocado Commission states that Americans consume 81 million avocados on Cinco de Mayo. Currently, avocados are trending upwards in consumer preference; expect your orders of guacamole to increase!
As a main dish, there are many options for guests to choose from that relate to Mexican cuisine. Tacos, enchiladas and burritos are very popular among American consumers. For a more authentic taste, consider substituting corn tortillas for flour tortillas. If you are looking for a sandwich option, the torta is a great choice. A torta is a Mexican sandwich, usually on a crusty white sandwich rolls. Tortas can be filled with anything from chicken to steak and avocados to scrambled eggs. Whether you choose one of these dinners or all, any of these options make a great feature for Cinco de Mayo.
What to Drink on Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo is also one of the most well-known holidays for drinking. The most common drink for consumers on this day is a margarita. Feature this drink as a special, or add new margarita flavors to your menu. Customers may even splurge on top-shelf tequila. For those looking for a less-sweet drink, Mexican beer is a great choice. No matter what your customers choose to drink, they will certainly enjoy celebrating at your restaurant.
Desserts on Cinco de Mayo
Although not well-known in the United States, there are many delicious Mexican desserts to highlight on Cinco de Mayo. For those looking for something rich, a caramel flan; similar to crème brulè; or cajeta is the perfect option. These two caramel desserts present the customer with authentic Mexican flavors and a creamy and smooth texture. For the chocolate lovers, Mexican chocolate pudding makes a great dessert. While the dark is rich and sweet, a hint of cayenne adds a hint of spice. For those searching for a more traditional dessert, include fried ice cream on the menu. This mixes an American classic with the cinnamon and corn tortilla flavors of Mexico. There is a dessert for everyone on Cinco de Mayo.
This Cinco de Mayo, cater to your customers preferences. Consumers love authentic foods and flavors and will most definitely come out to celebrate if they know Mexican flavors will be highlighted at your restaurant. Whether you choose to feature guacamole, enchiladas, margaritas or flan, you will surely see success at your restaurant at Cinco de Mayo.