The best food in Houston, drink specials for Deiz y Seis de Septiembre

September 16, marking Mexico’s declaration of independence from Spain in 1810, is a national holiday celebrated in Mexico with food, dancing, music and shouting (grito) of “viva la independence”.

Texans, too, mark the day with festivities, and in Houston, Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurants and bars will do their part to commemorate the day. If you’re in the fiesta spirit this weekend, here are some options with special food, drinks and party spirit for Diez y Seis de Septiembre.

Four restaurants from the H-Town restaurant group (Hugo’s, Caracol, Xochi and Urbe) will mark Mexico’s Independence Day on September 16 by offering the largest margarita ever sold at a special price of $18.Paula Murphy

Hugo Ortega’s H-Town Restaurant Group: Mexican restaurants from award-winning chef James Beard (Hugo’s1600 Westheimer; Caracol2200 oak post; xochi, 1777 walker; and Urbe, 1101 Uptown Park) will mark Mexico’s Independence Day on September 16 by offering the largest margarita ever for a special price of $18 (normally $29). Live mariachi music in every room as well. Hugo’s will serve the signature holiday dish, chiles en nogada, green poblano peppers, topped with a creamy white walnut sauce and red pomegranate seeds, the colors of the Mexican flag. Additionally, a special three-course tequila pairing menu will be offered at Hugo’s, Caracol, and Urbe, while at Xochi it will be a three-course mezcal pairing menu. See hugosrestaurant.net; caracol.net; xochihouston.com; urbehouston.com

Sylvia’s Enchilada Cooking: (picture above) Both locations of Enchilada Queen Sylvia Casares will mark Mexican Independence Day with a special dinner of an enchilada plate, $15.50, depicting the colors of the Mexican flag (a chicken enchilada topped with salsa verde, a vegetable enchilada with cream sauce and the popular Morelia enchilada topped with a spicy red pepper sauce). Pair the enchiladas with Sylvia’s line of margaritas. 6401 Woodway and 1140 Eldridge Pkwy.; sylviasenchiladas.com

Arnaldo Richards' Picos will mark Mexico's Independence Day with three days of food specials and margaritas from September 15-17.  Chef's specials will include tacos de chile capeados.
Arnaldo Richards’ Picos will mark Mexico’s Independence Day with three days of food specials and margaritas from September 15-17. Chef’s specials will include tacos de chile capeados.Peaks

Photos of Arnaldo Richards: Chef Arnaldo Richards’ signature Mexican restaurant will mark Mexico’s Independence Day with three days of food specials and margaritas from September 15-17. Chef’s specials will include tacos de chile capeados (crispy jalapeno tacos stuffed with Chihuahua cheese); octopus carpaccio; octlacoche and mushroom quesadilla; shrimp pozole; pork knuckle flamado; snapper; birria; and a range of specialty margaritas. On September 16, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., there will be mariachi music and tequila tastings. 3601 Kirby; picos.net

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Spanish Village on Almeda will celebrate Mexican Independence Day by offering its El Clasico Enchilada plate for $10.99 on September 16.
Spanish Village on Almeda will celebrate Mexican Independence Day by offering its El Clasico Enchilada plate for $10.99 on September 16.spanish village

Spanish village: If you’ve never had the legendary cheese enchiladas at Spanish Village, one of Houston’s oldest Tex-Mex restaurants, make a plan. The restaurant near the Museum Quarter neighborhood will be celebrating Mexican Independence Day by offering its El Clasico Enchilada plate for $10.99. Also, on September 16, there will be mariachi from 6 to 8 p.m., and on September 17, Spanish Village margaritas at $5 for $5. 4720 Almeda

Monkey's Tail in the Lindale Park neighborhood will start partying on September 15, the day before Mexican Independence Day with music, gunfire and festivities until the early hours of September 16.
Monkey’s Tail in the Lindale Park neighborhood will start partying on September 15, the day before Mexican Independence Day with music, gunfire and festivities until the early hours of September 16.Kirsten Gilliam/Kirsten Gilliam

Monkey tail: The Mexican-inspired bar in the Lindale Park neighborhood will begin its celebrations on the eve of Mexican Independence Day with cumbia music starting at 9 p.m. and Mexican candy for all guests at 11 p.m. el grito”; the party continues until closing at 2 a.m. 5802 Fulton; monkeystailhou.com

El Venado in Washington will hold its grand opening weekend, September 16-18, celebrating Mexico's Independence Day with happy hour prizes over the three-day weekend, including the upgrade from select tequila cocktails to 1800 Cristalino tequila at no additional charge.
El Venado in Washington will hold its grand opening weekend, September 16-18, celebrating Mexico’s Independence Day with happy hour prizes over the three-day weekend, including the upgrade from select tequila cocktails to 1800 Cristalino tequila at no additional charge.Jenn Duncan/Jenn Dunan

El Venado: Newly opened in Washington, the restaurant/bar will hold its grand opening weekend September 16-18 celebrating Mexico’s Independence Day by serving a mixed parrillada (carne asada, sausage, and chicken) for $21. Additionally, there will be happy hour fare during the three-day weekend, including upgrading select tequila cocktails to 1800 Cristalino tequila at no additional cost. On Saturday, there will be live mariachi at 7 p.m. 6502 Washington; elvenado.bar

Cuchara in Montrose celebrates its 10th anniversary on Thursday, September 15 with a big party on the eve of Mexico's Independence Day.  The festivities, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., will include a DJ, mariachis and a traditional proclamation
Cuchara in Montrose celebrates its 10th anniversary on Thursday, September 15 with a big party on the eve of Mexico’s Independence Day. The festivities, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., will include a DJ, mariachi bands, and a traditional “Viva Mexico” proclamation at 11 p.m.Annie Mulligan

Cuchara: Montrose’s modern Mexican bistro celebrates its 10th anniversary on Thursday, September 15 with a big party on the eve of Mexico’s Independence Day. The festivities, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., will include a deejay, mariachis and a traditional “Viva Mexico” proclamation at 11 p.m. Admission is $25 (adults only); guests can pre-purchase a restaurant admission wristband in advance to skip the line. Food and drink available for purchase. 214 Fairview; cuchararestaurant.com

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