With Chicago's sterling reputation for Mexican food, scores of hungry Windy Citizens are expected to take in a Mexican meal during Cinco de Mayo this weekend.
(See GrubHub's ranking of Chicago's most popular Mexican restaurants below.)
Stats wizard Nate Silver declared Chicago home to superior Mexican food, and online delivery giant GrubHub shared some numbers that echo his assessment: Per the delivery site, Chicago's home to the most popular barbacoa tacos, fajitas, enchiladas and (the maybe not-so-authentic) chocolate chip tamales.
GrubHub notes a few other national trends:
- Tacos are the most popular Mexican menu item. Almost 12 percent of all Mexican cuisine orders feature a taco.
- Carne asada (steak) is the most popular taco. Nearly 30 percent of all tacos ordered are steak tacos.
- Burritos are the second most popular Mexican order. Eleven percent of all orders are for burritos, 30 percent of which are for chicken
Orders for Mexican food spike by 25 percent on Cinco de Mayo according to GrubHub — which took a ranking of the most popular Mexican restaurants in Chicago (using both GrubHub and Yelp ratings to "ensure quality").*
The History Channel notes that while Cinco de Mayo is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, the day has evolved into a "celebration of Mexican culture and heritage" in the U.S. The date commemorates the Mexican army's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War, though it's often confused as Mexico's independence day, which is Sept. 16.
*Before you cry foul that a favorite spot didn't make the list, the ranking only includes Mexican restaurants that have a delivery or carry-out option.
De Pasada Multiple locations: 1108 N. Ashland Ave. 1642 W. Chicago Ave. 1517 W. Taylor St.
La Casa de Roy y Moy 4410 N. Kedzie Ave.
La Cuetzala 6922 N. Clark St.
La Amistad Restaurant 1914 W. Montrose Ave.
Gaudi Cafe 624 N. Ashland Ave.
Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill Multiple locations: 300 W. 26th St. 810 N. Marshfield Ave.
Cemitas Puebla 3619 W. North Ave.
Tuxpan Mexican Grill 5540 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Taco Joint Urban Taqueria and Cantina 1969 N. Halsted St.
Azteca De Oro Mexican Grill 3731 N. Clark St.