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Cinco de Mayo Chicago 2015


5 Days of Parties! 2 Locations!

El Mariachi and Revolution!!

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration held on May 5. It is celebrated in the United States and in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla. Mexican Americans also often see the day as a source of pride; one way they can honor their ethnicity is to celebrate this day. Over the years, Cinco de Mayo has gained huge popularity!

Come celebrate in Lakeview at El mariachi or Revolucion…or BOTH!



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Culinary Food Fight Club May 15th at Park Tavern



Food, drinks , and most importantly  RAISE  $$$  to feed  the homeless.

1 Hour Open Bar from 6-7 PM (challenge starts at 7 PM sharp) + Chef Samples + People’s Choice Voting Ballot + Live music and more!  TICKETS!


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Cinco de Mayo Chicago Style


In 1996, a father and his two sons opened a very small 10-table Mexican restaurant in the Boystown/East Lakeview community located at 3420 N. Broadway. Thankfully for us all, El Mariachi grew increasingly in popularity with the locals by following a strict policy of only serving top-quality, authentic Mexican dishes and stellar margaritas.

The original 10 table restaurant is still thriving today, but several years ago they opened a ginormous, second restaurant at 3906 N. Broadway, just 2 blocks past the northern Boystown border. The newest location, El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill, has the space to offer a full-bar area complete with stools and cocktail tables and two spacious, multi-level, separate dining rooms.

The décor and ambiance is very tastefully done. Traditional Mexican paintings, fountains, faux painted, near 2-story walls and even a hand painted, vaulted ceiling complete with an image over the front door of the restaurants Founder and Patriarch! In warm weather, they have an intimate, outdoor, courtyard patio where you can dine al fresco and pretend you’re vacationing just about anywhere!

The family went on to open Revolución (3443 N. Broadway), a new Mexican steakhouse and to my knowledge this is Chicago’s FIRST Mexican Steakhouse.

Revolucion Mexican Steakhouse is a rustic hideaway of juicy Steaks, Chops, Seafood with a Mexican flare. And price ranges for everyone.whether you want a lite snack, or maybe a burger, brunch or a full 2-3 course meal. It’s all here.



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El Mariachi Tequila Bar 5 de Mayo
3906 N. Broadway | Chicago, IL 60613 | 773.549.2932 |

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Weekend at El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill
Make a weekend of it, and celebrate Cinco de Mayo with your Amigos at El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill!

Friday 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. the Cointreau Girls will be giving away complimentary drink samples to kick off the fiesta! Keep the celebration going with a $21 Bottomless Mimosa Brunch to be enjoyed out in the private patio on Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 2pm, and get really festive with our $18 Rio Grande Margarita (60oz Margarita) on Sunday!


3443 N. Broadway | Chicago, IL 60657 | 773.661.9183 |

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Weekend at Revolucion Steakhouse!
Friday, May 2- Monday, May 5, 2014 Open late!

Make a weekend of it, and celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Revloucion!

Friday and Saturday 6:30-8:30pm, the Milagro Tequila Girls will be giving away complimentary drink samples to kick off the fiesta! Keep the celebration going with brunch on the patio on Saturday & Sunday ($3 mimosas & bloody marys), and enjoy a $3 Pacifico on Monday- the real Cinco de Mayo! Take a few photo bombs with friends in sombreros & mustaches & join the Facebook Photo Contest in order to vaguely remember your Cinco Weekend.
Make sure to grab a friend and join a photo Facebook contest with sombreros & mustaches to commemorate (and remember) your Cinco de Mayo weekend!


Tutto Fresco Trattoria 5 de Mayo
3829 N. Broadway | Chicago, IL 60613 | 773.281.1844 |

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Tutto Fresco Trattoria!

Monday: $30.00 Prix Fixe Menu

First Course: Ground Beef Sopes
Second Course: Carne en Su Jugo
Third Course: Choice of Camarones Rancheros or Pollo en Salsa Verde
Fourth Course: Coffee 3 Leches Cake
*Includes a Margarita de la Casa!

TRY ALL THREE Restaurants!


Revolucion Steakhouse Brunch with a Twist


Brunch Done with a Mexican Twist!



Every Saturday & Sunday! Brunch at Revolucion!  They have a new  Spring Brunch & Cocktail Menus full of amazing new flavors! Both Sweet & Savory dishes with a Mexican twist to please anyone’s palate. In addition to our $3 Mimosas & Bloody Mary’s, they also offer innovative beverages including Sorbetsmith’s Salted Lime Sorbet Michelada Float- that’s muy sabroso!

3443 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657

Phone: 773-661-9893



New Years Eve at Revolucion in Lakeview


Join Revolucion on New Year’s Eve 

Join us on Tuesday December 31st as we part ways with 2013 with a

fabulous 3 course prix fixe menu brought to you by Chef Jose Navejas

(Regular menu will also be available)


Includes a Complimentary Glass of Champagne



Special Wine Dinner at Revolucion Mexican Steak house

Chef Jose Navejas and Beverage Director Jorge Rios bring you a one of a
kind opportunity to taste a carefully sculptured menu combining rustic
Mexican staples with a contemporary touch.


This exclusive wine dinner will include a five course dinner

paired with wines of Argentina.

Reserve your seat to experience this one of a kind dinner
Thursday, October 17th
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
$40 per person,
exclusive of tax and gratuity
Only    8    Seats     Left!
For Reservations Call 773.661.9893

El Mariachi to Host Lurie Benefit September 21st


fundraiser at El Mariachi in Chicago.  3906 N Broadway!    $40 per person gets you all you
can drink house margaritas, Miller Light, and Coronas plus an amazing
appetizer buffet!

This is a prepaid event. Please pay by
September 14.
You can pay by cash or check to Lavender or me or pay
on-line using PayPal (ask and I’ll email you a link). Sorry but there’s
no refunds. For more information please email me at

We want to encourage everyone to utilize the mode of transportation that
is safest for them. Public transit and cabs are readily available.
Also, one of the owners of a nearby parking lot has agreed to donate
free parking for our event! His lot is 832 W Sheridan. Greeley school.
He’ll have a guy there to guide people in.

And remember, it’s
for a great cause! The Lurie Children’s Marathon Team is a highly
motivated group of runners who show their dedication to improving the
lives of sick children and their families by raising funds for Ann &
Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago while training for the
Bank of America Chicago Marathon. This will be the second time that I
have the privilge of running on this great team!

And a huge thank you to El Marachi for hosting us!


Memorial Day brunch with El Mariachi

Join Us This 

Memorial Day 

For Brunch & 1/2 Price House Margaritas  

Business Hours

11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.


1/2 Price House Margaritas 


Come and experience one of the hottest up and coming brunch spots in the boys town/east Lakeview neighborhoods.  

Great place to enjoy with family & friends.  An amazing expansive brunch menu.  

Brunch Done With A Mexican Twist!!!

We Wil Be Serving Brunch From 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.



Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with El Mariachi

3906 N. Broadway Chicago Il. 60640  #773-549-2932


3420 N. Broadway Chicago Il 60657  #773-549-7020


Revolucion April 8th- Bear and the Rabbit Beer event

A great event not to be missed, come taste some great beer and food!


Revolucion Mexican Steak House Opens in Lakeview

Revolución (3443 N. Broadway), is a a new Mexican steakhouse from the folks behind El Mariachi (3906 and 3420 N. Broadway). To my knowledge this is Chicago’s FIRST Mexican Steakhouse. 

 Revolucion Mexican Steakhouse is a rustic hideaway of juicy Steaks, Chops, Seafood with a Mexican flare. And price ranges for everyone.whether you want a lite snack, or maybe a burger, or a full 2-3 course meal. It’s all here.
 Amazing selections including 3 different kinds of Guacamole ($8-9).
 3 different kinds of Ceviche ($8).
 Lots of soups and salads. Over a dozen appetizers ($7-$11).
Steaks galore! From Rib Eye to Filet Mignon to Lamb Chops (average $32). And they can come with different types of rubs, signature crusts and sauces. Best of all, the steaks are NOT all ala carte. Steaks and chops include bread service, house salad and choice of potatoes. The chipotle mashed potatoes are worth the trip on their own!
 Over a dozen house specialties to choose from ranging from including a 1/2 pound house burger for $11, over roasted chicken for $14 and grilled salmon for $17. 
Plus an awesome Taco selection to pick from including Chicken, beef and pork (all done with different recipes)  as well as   Achiote rubbed Tilapia, Shrimp with Chipolte cream sauce and Sausage with Potatoes (4 tacos for $14). The price points are spot on in this restuarant, the portions are perfect and this restaurant is so what Boystown and Lakeview needed! Great food that is not overpriced. 
 If your are thirsty, there is a full service bar with an extensive wine selection, tequilas, craft beers (5 beers from local brewery) and hand crafted  margaritas (The Cucumber Jalapeno and the “Manhanttan” margarita were probably my two favorites!) and other cocktails.
3443 N Broadway
(at Hawthorne Pl)

Chicago, IL 60657

(773) 697-9314


Mexican Independence Celebration Sept. 16th, 2012

 El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill
    3906 N.Broadway
    Chicago, IL 60613



Cinco de Mayo at El Mariachi Restaurants

Historically the Cinco de Mayo holiday commemorates the victory
of a heroic people and their struggle for freedom. On May 5, 1862 the
outnumbered State of Puebla, Mexico defeated French forces which fueled
the momentum and national confidence to ultimately drive foreign power
completely from the country.

The reason for this celebration is
to foment the Mexican history, rich traditions and maintain our roots
present in our younger generations.

Today fiesta lovers across
the United States will gather to celebrate the Mexican holiday. Cinco de
Mayo is now celebrated in towns across the U.S. that are predominately

It’s  becoming more popular than St. Patrick’s Day, in some cities!

WE’LL  be  at  El Mariachi! 2 great locations!


Amazing Tequila Dinner at El Mariachi

Our friends at El Mariachi, 3906 N. Broadway Chicago IL. 60613
Have put together this wonderful evening, April 25th @  7pm.
Experience a 4 course special dinner menu paired with
4 cocktails and full flight of tequila!  For  $39 per person!

This is event is ALMOST SOLD OUT.
The owners said they have about 10 seats left.
Call now to reserve a spot!  773-549-2932

FYI – their new restaurant,
Revolucion Mexican Steak House is moving along –
they hope for a late May opening date!
I have seen the inside and is going to be very, very nice!


Revolucion Mexican SteakHouse Comes to Lakeview

The owners of  El Mariachi restaurants, both on Broadway in Lake View, plans to open a
Mexican steak house—on Broadway, naturally—this spring. The 120-seater
will serve classic prime steaks such as New York strip, rib eye, and
filet mignon with Mexican sides and margaritas as well as guacamole and
seviches, and will be called Revolución Steak House (3443 N. Broadway;
no phone yet). The liquor license is in place and they plan to be late Spring!


Valentines Specials at El Mariachi !

Reserve Today 773-549-2932
3906 N. Broadway | Chicago, IL 60613

Free Parking In Back 


El Mariachi $20 Champagne Brunch

 BRUNCH at El Mariachi just got even better! This week they introduce the $20 Champagne Brunch with free flowing Mimosas.

Saturdays & Sundays are great for brunch at EL Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill. Their superb Champagne Mimosa Brunch   has an extensive Brunch menu which includes chilaquiles, skillets, omelettes, tortas and lots of Mexican favorites.  The food here is always  EXCELLENT!

All Breakfast items are made to order and freshly prepared. 

Adrian, one of the two brothers who helps run the restaurant has been working with his father since the age of 11! He prides himself on quality management. “We pride ourselves  on selecting quality ingredients and not skimping to save a few pennies, like some restaurants might do. Everything is fresh and made to order. “

If you love guacamole, you have to get it here and they make it to order tableside. It’s ALWAYS good. Never thinned down like some restaurants will blend in sour cream. Just fresh, pure, quality ingredients. Just recently a new chef came onboard and suggested they add just a few drops of avocado oil to the guacamole which gives it a nice smooth texture and finish.

The $20 Champagne Brunch is offered Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.
EL Mariachi’s custom roasted coffee and an entree from our brunch menu are included.  And unlimited Mimosas.

El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill’s is simply perfect for any occasion.  It’s the perfect setting for family get togethers or a casual afternoon between friends! 

El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill   3906 N Broadway   Ph. 773.549.2932


QDOBA – Fresh and Tasty Mexican Grill -Now with Street Tacos

In 1995, Anthony Miller and partner Robert Hauser imported San Francisco’s Mission-style burrito to Colorado, opening the first Qdoba Mexican Grill in Denver. Qdoba immediately won over customers and critics with the restaurant’s Mexican flavors and fresh ingredients.

Obviously, it was an idea whose time had come. Since Qdoba’s auspicious beginnings, we’ve grown to include over 500 Qdoba Mexican Grill restaurants from coast to coast. And plenty more are on the way.


I HATE IT when I go out to eat and have no idea what I am eating, the fat content, the caloric count, etc.

Qdoba uses only the freshest ingredients and takes the time to prepare them beautifully. They care about what you’re eating just as much as you do. That’s why they have  created  an easy-to-use Nutritional Calculator. First, just select your meal from the top menu. Then mark each of your ingredients from the lists. It’s EASY!  You can pick low fat, no fat, even vegetarian choices here. HEALTHY and FRESH. Need I say more?

 Recently some team members from Denver were in Chicago to TEST LAUNCH  their new Street Tacos.   Qdoba’s street tacos come on a double wrap of small corn tortillas, with shredded beef or pulled pork, cilantro, and red onion. The combo comes with a side of barbecue baked beans for $4.99. (To give a basis for comparison, the regular tacos cost $6.49 for three, and no beans.)  The pork was very  juicy, and just the right amounts of onion and cilantro.  THESE ARE AVAILABLE FOR A LIMITED TIME DURING MAY!


Gourmet street fare – or food prepared and served from carts or trucks on the sides of popular streets – was named one of the hottest restaurant concepts at last year’s National Restaurant Association show in Chicago and was recently served at the White House by renowned chef Rick Bayless. Street fare has its origins in several countries, including Mexico, where there is a great variety of “antojitos mexicanos” that are found at street food vendors who prepare some of the freshest, most delicious and innovative dishes in Mexico.

 An order of Qdoba’s Mini Street Tacos (three tacos) with slow-roasted pork contains only 330 calories and offers 21 grams of protein. Qdoba’s extra lean pork is slow simmered in-house for six hours in a signature blend of spices, including green chilis, jalapenos, bell peppers, garlic and onions.



We got to have a little hands on cooking class with Qdoba while the Denver folks were in town!  Head chef Ted Stoner showed us things like Mango Salsa, different types of hot Salsa, making Fresh Guacamole and how the Pulled Pork is made for the new Street Tacos!

Many recipes and videos are on their site

The ingredients and the flavors are so important. Jalapenos have a reputation for being very hot but actually only rank in the medium to hot range among peppers.

And I discovered how wonderful Tomatillas are!  Known in Mexico as the green tomato, the tomatillo fruit was cultivated by the Aztecs long before the tomato arrived, and it remains a favorite in Mexican foods ranging from stews to salads. This tart, yellow-green nightshade has flavors of lemon, apple and herbs and contains a great deal of vitamins A and C, calcium and folic acid. Tomatillos are the heart of  Salsa Verde.

I don’t want to name any names….but, there are Burritos…..and then there are the Qdoba Burritos!  There is a lot involved in making PERFECT BURRITOS.  Quality meats, artfully made and constructed and just the right amount of everything.

No matter how many burritos you order from a good burrito place, they should all be the same high quality with little variation.

When you recommend a burrito
place to someone, you shouldn’t’t have to worry that their burrito will be radically different than yours had been.

About a year or so back Qdoba had a really fun Fighing Burrito Boredom campaign. You can still watch the videos online.

We got to take a peak in the kitchen –  and you know what we saw? People chopping!  Everything is made fresh and NOT shipped in. fresh Salsa’s, fresh Guacamole, freshly cooked meats.  What a concept!  FRESH! 

You see,  fresh, good quality food , can come in all price points.  The  $150  5 course meal in the Loop!   Or a $5 meal at Qdoba.

If you have never been to Qdoba or thought it was just another fast food joint – check it out. You will be  WOWed.

Dozens of locations in Chicagoland.

And check out the recipes online!

Derrick Sorles

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