The COVID-19 pandemic may have thrown a wrench into your Cinco De Mayo plans, but a number of local restaurants are offering limited in-person dining for the holiday, as well as special family-sized party packs. Here are six solid options for a Cinco De Mayo feast:
3436 17th St., Sarasota, (941) 366-8081
Best known for its Salvadoran specialties, like its incredible pupusas, Bitia's also offers killer tacos, plus quesadillas, tortas, sopes and burritos. Available for takeout only.
8405 Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, (941) 359-9303; 4436 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, (941) 379-2880; 530 U.S. 41 Bypass, Venice, (941) 486-0005; mipueblomexican.com
Order a complete Cinco De Mayo party kit from Mi Pueblo online. Grab a pack of 12 tacos with all kinds of topping choices and a beer bucket or a half-gallon margarita, and add in a free T-shirt, too.
935 N. Beneva Road, Suite 701, Sarasota, (941) 260-8343, reynastaqueria.com
Reyna's is offering a massive collection of goodies to help you celebrate Cinco De Mayo. For $55, you'll get 12 tacos served with chicken, carnitas, pastor or chicken, plus onions, cilantro and salsa, guacamole and chips, four churros, and a beer or margarita growler.
3218 Clark Road, Sarasota, (941) 924-0006, eltorobravosarasota.com
This south Sarasota favorite is going to be seating customers up to the 25 percent capacity limit ordered by the state of Florida, in addition to offering takeout. The chimichanga is a personal favorite.
Inside the Red Barn Flea Market, 1707 First St. E., Bradenton, (941) 201-4610, (941) 773-2348
You can find some of the region's best food at this humble stand inside a Bradenton flea market. The stand is currently offering only takeout orders over the phone. The carnitas, pastor, barbacoa, tongue and cactus tacos are always excellent choices. Don't forget to stock up on hot sauce.
101 Seventh St. N., Bradenton Beach, (941)281-2990; 1603 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941)706-2395; wickedcantina.com
Wicked's two locations reopened Monday with limited seating, plus curbside takeout. Cinco De Mayo options include family-size, oven-ready enchilada and taco packs, plus mixed drinks to go.