Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone – be safe in this minefield of tacos, salsa, salty beer and lime wedges. Let’s all raise a salty cerveza to the brave soldiers of Puebla who repulsed the French army, if only for a moment, on May 5, 1862. In 1863, California embraced the holiday in an act of solidarity with Mexico – and disdain for France. For those scoring at home, Mexico’s Independence Day is celebrated on September 16 thanks to a battle against Spain in 1810.
We drink a lot of cerveza and salsa smothered chips like glasses this time of year thanks to a push in the 1930s north of the border to use the holidays as a community building opportunity.
Countless shots of tequila and frozen margaritas later, Cinco de Mayo could be a bigger hit north of the border than south. I guess the areas in Mexico that don’t recognize Cinco de Mayo as a national holiday don’t grow agave.
Just in time for Cinco, Ted’s Tacos and Cantina reopened Saturday in Uptown.
Despite Mother Nature’s best efforts to hold back the Ted’s Cafe Escondido spin-off, the swirls, tacos, and frozen nachos sank over the weekend.
Kudos to Ted’s Taco COO David Foxx and the crew for enduring months of delays caused by bad weather at the Mesta Plaza building.
We can now get back to the business of taking advantage of the small building’s loot of rivalry between this one and the Big Truck Tacos of the next door neighbor, which has added tacos and quesabirria cocktails to the menu since Ted’s first opening. last winter.
When taquerias push each other, taco lovers win – especially on Cinco de Mayo. Usually Cinco de Mayo parties are rampant and I’m sure Mexican restaurants all over town will have special drinks and food. Proceed with caution Oklahoma, they tell me there is a pandemic on the run and we would like it to continue.
If you’re not ready to go out, I have some taco recipes you can make at home. Salsa recipes are also well covered. If you want cerveza and / or tequila, you will have to go to the store.
Chef Chris McKenna announced last week that he will be leaving Stella Modern Italian to join pitmaster Travis Clark at Clark Crew to bring his classic skills to the smokehouse.
“I am beyond excitement,” McKenna said. “Barbecue, smoked meats, these are real passions for me. My first restaurant job was in front of the general manager of the house at County Line. Then they needed someone to run the kitchen. After that, j ‘was addicted. “
McKenna still has time in Stella if you want to stop by and congratulate him on a signature pizza and a glass of wine.
“He and I are going to do epic things together,” said Clark. “I have never been so excited to hire someone.”
Last week I mentioned that you would see a bakery this summer near the Paseo Arts District. This week I have information on an upcoming speakeasy at Shoppes at Northpark. Jimmy Mays and his partners Stephanie Miller and Chris Kana have entered into an agreement to expand the Hamilton Supperette and Lounge to include the aforementioned refreshment bar / dining area.
“Last month was a banner month for us at The Hamilton,” Mays said last week. “We had to stop taking reservations on weekends, so this is going to help us welcome people and give our staff more space to function.”
Look for this arrival from mid to late summer.
Did someone say speakeasy? Don’t tell anyone, but I hear a secret is brewing in a basement under a familiar building in Bricktown. I will tell you more, but I am told that a secret code is required and that no one has it yet.
Sunday is mom’s big day, and wouldn’t she like chocolate from a new business started by a local? Chocolate maker Tabatha Carr is about to open Good Girl Chocolate, a bar bean concept featuring freshly ground cocoa beans with vegan and paleo options thanks to an organic plant-based sweetener. Before the opening of its window at the end of May / beginning of June, online orders for delivery are available at goodgirlchocolate.com.
Grillmarks Steak Festival
The Food Dude spent Saturday in Pittsburg County helping crown a champion at the Grillmarks Steak Festival in downtown McAlester. Check here for photos and results.