Each year, we celebrate Mexico’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. This victory was an important moment during the Second French Intervention in Mexico, as the Mexican army was outnumbered and less equipped than the French, who would eventually withdraw in 1867. Today in Mexico, the U.S., and around the world, Cinco de Mayo is an opportunity to celebrate Mexican heritage and culture. Of course, one of the best ways of doing this is through food. At Bank+Vine, you have several chances to celebrate and enjoy delicious food at this year’s Taco Fest! Starting May 3 and going until May 5, you can order a range of amazing tacos and try out our margarita flights.
Here are a few of the taco fillings you can choose from at our upcoming Taco Fest!
Pescado Al Pastor
Tacos al pastor may be a popular Mexican dish, but they’re actually based on Lebanese shawarma. Lebanese immigrants brought shawarma, or lamb roasted on a spit, to Mexico, which would then be recreated using pork. Al pastor means “shepherd style” in English, and is named after the Mexican shepherds who adapted the dish from shawarma. Although al pastor meat is typically pork, we added our own touch to the dish and are preparing it with swordfish. Our pescado al pastor is served with charred pineapple salsa, which is a common addition to al pastor meat, and grilled scallions.
Carnitas translates to “little meats” and is a dish you’ve likely had before. This dish originated in Michoacán and involves meat, typically pork, braised in oil or lard until it’s soft and tender, while the outside has a nice crisp to it. The meat is typically shredded, but you can also find it chopped. At Bank+Vine, you can enjoy Yucatan pork carnitas with plantains, orange, and poblano, or duck carnitas with duck confit, radish, and cilantro.
Suadero is a certain cut of meat, which is often either beef or pork. Suaderdo is typically compared to hanger steak. This meat comes from in between an animal’s leg and stomach and it is cut into thin slices. You can often find this cut of meat braised or confited to help keep it tender. For our Taco Fest, we’re serving braised beef brisket with a chili yogurt sauce that will be perfect to help you celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
Adobada refers to a certain way of preparing meat. This often involves marinating meat in a sauce made of chili peppers, vinegar, and spices. However, this can also refer to many different marinades. Today, most of us associate marinating meat to give it more flavor, and while adobada certainly has a lot of flavor, this process initially helped ferment the meat to preserve it before refrigeration was available. While adobada is often pork, we’ve recreated it using crispy lamb shoulder.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Bank+Vine!
These are only a few of the delicious taco fillings you can order at Bank+Vine during our Taco Fest. Enjoy these alongside our margarita flights and a choco taco for dessert and spend a great meal with your family and friends.
Reservations are required for each day of Taco Fest, so be sure to make yours today! Give us a call at 570-901-4040 to make your reservation to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with us at Bank+Vine!