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Takeout Inspiration: Mexican Food Roundup

Grab the tacos and tequila, it’s time to have a fiesta at home.

Cinco de Mayo is coming up and while we unfortunately won’t be packing out our favorite Mexican restaurants, they have been kind enough to prepare ways for us to bring the party home — and as their neighbors, it’s our duty to do just that. Don’t forget to pick up a cocktail kit to prepare the perfect tequila beverage to accompany your meal. ¡Salud!

Eat Up

Anita’s Mexican Grill

Known as one of the top hidden gems in Charlotte, Anita’s Mexican Grill is serving up some of the best tacos, burritos, fajitas and classic Mexican plates on Yorkmont Road. Open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., give them a call at 704.329.0321 to place and grab your order. Don’t let the location — in a BP parking lot between a dry cleaner and a Subway — fool you, Anita’s is a must-visit. Our recommendation? Go with a Combo #4 that includes a burrito, a taco and rice.

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Cabo Fish Taco

A distinct fusion of fresh seafood and original Baja Mexican cuisine, Cabo Fish Taco features dishes that are original derivatives of Southern California and coastal Baja Mexico. Available for delivery via DoorDash, Postmates or Grubhub, or via curbside pickup from their two locations, NoDa and Ballantyne, there are plentiful ways to get your hands on their famous tacos. Our go to? We’re echoing Guy Fieri from “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” and going with the BBQ Mahi Mahi Tacos.

Don Pedro Mexican Restaurant

Don Pedro Mexican Restaurant specializes in Mexican foods including shrimp, fajitas, nachos, seafood, and more, all prepared with the wonderful spices and art of traditional Mexican food. For pickup, curbside or delivery, call one of their locations in the University Area, Gastonia, South Tryon or Pineville. Be sure to check out their house specialties like the Carne Asada, also known as a customer favorite.

Miguel’s Mexican and American Restaurant

Miguel’s, located near the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, specializes in Mexican and American cuisine and drinks at affordable prices. The restaurant’s tagline is “where great taste speaks a universal language” and that is something we can all get on board with. Give them a call at 704.393.3890 to place your order for pickup. May we suggest trying Miguel’s Fajitas?

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Paco's Tacos & Tequila

Known for their authentic Tex-Mex dining, Paco’s Tacos & Tequila serves the freshest quality ingredients from their wood-fired fajitas to the cheese enchiladas with chili con carne. Located in SouthPark, this gem offers pickup and delivery — just give them a call at 704.716.8226 or order online. Don’t miss out on the Paco’s Taco gallon of margarita mix.

Picante Mexican Grill

If you are the type who likes options at your fingertips as you build your perfect burrito or bowl, Picante Mexican Grill is for you. Not only do they have a plethora of options for you to choose from as you walk down the line to order, but they also have a Family Taco Bar option that includes chicken or in-house ground beef, choice of rice, beans, salsa, pico, cheese, lettuce, sour cream, and a large bag of chips to feed 4-6 people. To grab and go, give them a call at 704.375.6000 between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. or order for delivery through DoorDash, Uber Eats or Grubhub. We know it sounds extra, but don’t skip the guacamole.

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RuRu’s Tacos + Tequila

Although it’s Mexican on the menu, RuRu’s Tacos + Tequila draws inspiration from Latin, Korean, American and Greek fare to bring spicy south-of-the-border flair to your taste buds. While we can’t pull up a chair to take advantage of their patio, we can still enjoy their recipes prepared with the integrity of using only pure and simple ingredients. Place your RuRu’s to-go order now using the Postmates link in the above Instagram image, or give them a call at 704.332.7933 between 11 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. Don’t forget to add the Three Amigos to your order — I Am McLovin, Ma The Meatloaf, and Let It Rain all in one.

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Sabor Latin Street Grill

Authentic street food from El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Mexico and Colombia is the name of the game at Sabor Latin Street Grill — and let’s just say, they know how to make an amazing taco (and burrito and nachos and bowl). As an independent and locally owned brand, the proof is in the pudding for why they have successfully opened 10+ locations around Charlotte. Choose your favorite through their online ordering platform for easy lunch or dinner pickup most of their locations are open until 9 p.m. May we suggest the Make-At-Home Arepa and Empanada Kit?

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Superica

While this concept wasn’t born in Charlotte, it sure has become a favorite in South End. With curbside pickup available Wednesday and Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., you can grab your own bowl of Chile con Queso in no time. Our favorite? The Tacos de Barbacoa (slow cooked brisket, Pasilla Oaxaca, avocado, onions and cilantro) never disappoint.

Taqueria La Unica

Located on Central Avenue, Taqueria La Unica is a Mexican restaurant known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes and its insistence on only using high quality, fresh ingredients. From authentic tacos to chimichangas to combinations of all your favorites, they have it all. Order online or call the restaurant at 704.375.6671 for pickup options. Looking for something to try? The Enchiladas Suizas (with fajita-style chicken or beef) are a great place to start.

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Taqueria Mal Pan

Looking for a more elevated experience? Taqueria Mal Pan features a menu of chef-driven Mexican comfort foods with house-made tortillas, marinades and salsas. Their dishes, as appealing to the eye as they are to the stomach, are available for delivery, takeout and curbside pickup Tuesday through Saturday from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Don’t miss the Azteca Enchiladas and bonus, receive 20% off any order (subtotal of $20+) with code LOCKDOWN2020.

Three Amigos Mexican Grill & Cantina

Another popular spot on Central Avenue, Three Amigos Mexican Grill & Cantina serves authentic Mexican seasonings and flavors that are made with the freshest ingredients. Their specialties are the enchiladas and traditional seafood dishes and can be ordered online or by giving them a call at 704.536.1851 between 10:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. May we recommend the Tacos de Carne Asada Plate?

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1900 Mexican Grill and Restaurant

1900 Mexican Grill and Restaurant is inspired by the flavors and smells only found in the plazas and taquerias of Mexico City. Their menu is filled with delicious plates created from scratch with the best ingredients from Mexican kitchens including taqueria-style tacos, Mole Poblano and Chiles Rellenos. Call them at 704.523.1554 (Park Road) or 704.334.4677 (Elizabeth) to place and pick up your order, or find them on Grubhub and DoorDash to have it delivered. If you’re looking for an option to feed the family, check out their Taco Kits.

Cheers to Cocktail Kits

You can’t properly celebrate Cinco de Mayo without a cocktail, so we’ve rounded up six places specifically offering cocktail kits for all the tequila lovers out there.

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Bardo

Bardo’s cocktail kits are available for pickup or delivery (within a 7-mile radius) Monday through Saturday between 4:30 and 8:30 p.m. Call the restaurant at 980.585.2433 to place your order.

Check out the Cooling Effect Cocktail Kit with fresh lime juice, aap syrup (aloe, agave and pepper), and "salt & peppers" garnish for $8. Suggested spirits: tequila or mezcal.

The Craftsman Beverage Co.

The Craftsman Beverage Co. is offering free delivery of their kits in and around Fort Mill, Rock Hill, NoDa, South End, Plaza Midwood, Uptown and South Charlotte. Not in one of those areas but still interested? Shoot them a message and they will work something out. Kits can be purchased on their website and 5% off all sales will be donated back to the community!

Don’t miss the Spicy Margarita Kit that includes a bottle of roasted peppers and citrus syrup (made with four types of peppers), freshly pre-mixed lemon and lime juice as well as a recipe card.

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Dilworth Tasting Room

Dilworth Tasting Room is bringing the cocktails to you on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with a specific kit each day. Led by mixologist Chad Whittington, the kits are $10 and include enough ingredients to make two cocktails, sans alcohol of course. Give them a call at 704.595.3337 to place your order, available for pickup between 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Try the Picante Cocktail Kit available on Saturdays with cocktail mix (fresh lime juice, cilantro infused agave syrup and ancho chili pepper flakes), a dehydrated lime and chili pepper for garnish, and a recipe card.

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Haberdish

Via the joint venture “Bring the Queen,” Haberdish is offering cocktail mixes to-go. Open 4:30 to 9 p.m., Colleen Hughes has put together some great options — all you need to do is add your liquor of choice.

Check out the Spring Fever Kit with syrup (black cardamom, coriander, citrus, vanilla and black pepper), two limes, a jalapeño, and two cans of ginger beer, all for $20.

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Idlewild

Idlewild is kicking the cocktails up a notch with to-go cocktail classes! Learn from the experts in your own home. For $65 a person, someone from their team will lead you through proper mixology for 90 minutes. Call Idlewild to book your class, available seven days a week between 2 and 10 p.m.

For a themed Cinco de Mayo party, simply ask for all things tequila.

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Liberate Your Palate

Known for her in-person classes, Tamu Curtis is now taking things online with interactive, hands-on classes via Zoom. Here’s how it works: the instructor will demonstrate how to use bar tools, showcase classic cocktail making techniques, and teach you how to make each cocktail. Book your class via the website, and get that tequila ready.

No matter how you choose to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, we hope you stay safe and sane until we can all gather together again.