Restaurant Review – Viva Cinco de Mayo and feliz día de la Madre! (Happy Mother’s Day!)

Two holidays come within three days of each other this year, Cinco De Mayo (Thursday, May 5) and Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 8). And Chicago’s restaurants are going all out to honor both… with pasión! 

After two years of Covid-19 to-go, and socially distanced celebrations, this is the perfect year to celebrate both with your nearest and dearest! 

Cinco De Mayo

River North’s upscale Mercadito, 108 W. Kinzie, serves authentic Mexican cuisine, specialty tequilas and 75 different mezcal libations. It’s a perfect spot to enjoy tacos made with fresh shrimp or brisket, guacamole and chips, or specialties like ceviche michelada, habanero, flautas, street quesadillas and more! Open Thursday from 12pm-11:30pm. For information and reservations, click here.

Artango Bar and Steakhouse,4767 N. Lincoln Ave, in Lincoln Square, will be serving such mouth-watering Argentinian steakhouse specialties as Asado de Tira, (slow-grilled short ribs) and Bife de Chorizo in itsrichly decorated Art Nouveau and Neo-classical dining room. On Cinco de Mayo, rock out to Latin Rhythms with DJ Noiz starting at 7pm. Drink specials, including $5 Margarita Shots and $10 Flavored Margaritas. For reservations, click here

Right off of I-90/94, Carnivale, 702 W. Fulton Market, in River West, celebrates Cinco de Mayo, as the website indicates, with Latin fusion cuisine, exotic cocktails, and one-of-a-kind desserts inspired by the cuisine & culture of Mexico, South America, and Central America, including King Crab enchiladas and Chocolate tamales for dessert.   Mariachi performances from 6pm to 9pm. For reservations and information, click here.

It’s worth noting that all three restaurants also plan celebrations for Mother’s Day. Feliz día la Madre

Mother’s Day

Room with a view Streeterville’s Signature Room at the 95th, 875 N. Michigan Avenue, promises spectacular views along with a three-course brunch menu and welcome toast of Signature Room Sparkling Brut from 11am-5pm. Feast on such specialties as Lobster Bisque, Smoked Salmon Benedict, and Cinnamon French Toast. Dessert options include their Signature White & Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake, Brownie Sundae, or Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp. $65 per adult, $35 per child (ages 4-12) tax & gratuity not included. For information and reservations, click here.

Breakfast is served! Craving enormous cinnamon rolls, pancakes with lingonberries, and Norwegian lox omelettes? Ann Sather in Lakeview, 909 W. Beaumont, Broadway Restaurant, 3415 N. Broadway, and 1147 W. Granville (at Broadway) is serving breakfast only on Mother’s Day. All Egg Entrées Served with Your Choice of Two Sides: Two Homemade Cinnamon Rolls, Two Hot Biscuits & Honey, One Sweet Muffin, Toast, Hash Browns (Add Cheese $.50), Fresh Fruit, Sliced Tomatoes (in Season), Apple Sauce, or Low Fat Cottage Cheese. Who could ask for anything more? For more information, click here.

Alison Moran-Powers and Dean’s Team Chicago