Moms and Margaritas Rule

Sure—for many, Mother’s Day is best spent hanging out with the family. So why not squeeze in a little girlfriend get-together earlier in the week?


If you need to give the husband and kids an excuse, here’s one:

Cinco De Mayo.

That’s right, it’s time to celebrate the Battle of Puebla—really! If you and your friends are looking for the best Mexican food on the North Shore, there are plenty of choices:

Hot Tamales
Highland Park
A perennial North Shore fave, get in line early for their lick-the-bowl salsa and very tasty drinks.

$5 Sangria on Wednesdays, $5 Margaritas on Fridays … at that price, you can afford to buy your designated driver dinner.

That Little Mexican Cafe
Highland Park and Evanston
Tableside guacamole-making is practically live theater! And don’t forget your coupon—they’re offering 15% off your entire food order.

El Jardin
Psst…Extreme karaoke on Wednesday and Friday nights! A microphone and a margarita is never a bad combination, is it?

Wholly Frijoles
Don’t let the strip mall locale spook you–this is seriously good food.

Hay Caramba
Park Ridge
Their Mexican coffee and flans are a fantastic way to top off a night out on the town.

Would you rather have the fiesta at your place? Try one of these recipes:

Smoky Steak Tacos
Break out the chile peppers to use in this simple but delicious dish.

Cuban Tortilla Sandwiches
Who says a sandwich has to stay cold? Throw these on the grill when you want to change things up on your menu.

Grilled Chicken Burritos
Burritos on the barby… it’s what’s hot!

Don’t forget the drinks—here’s a classic margarita recipe, courtesy of Epicurious:


  • 2 ounces tequila made from 100 percent agave, preferably reposado or blanco
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Salt for garnish


Combine tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice in cocktail shaker filled with ice.

Moisten rim of Margarita or other cocktail glass with lime juice or water.

Holding glass upside down, dip rim into salt. Shake and strain drink into glass and serve.

You can find a few more recipes here.

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