Cinco de Mayo factoids

Cinco de Mayo
With Cinco de Mayo sneaking up on us in the coming weeks, it’s a good time to bone up on the holiday, if not for any other reason than being able to spout some trivia at the many Mexican themed bars across the country. Many Mexican (and even non Mexican) bars do three times their usual business on this day, while selling margarita’s left and right. Margarita’s are the best selling drink for the holiday, so restaurant owners should expect to stock up on plenty of salt! Here’s some more factoids to impress your bar neighbors!


  • Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexican Independence Day, that date is September 16th.It’s actually the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla of 1862, in which an entreanched Mexican army defeated a French army twice their size. Although it was a major blow to the invading French forces, the French managed to win the war and held onto Mexico for a few years.



  • Cinco de Mayo is not popular in Mexico, in fact the only place that celebrates it is the town of Puebla, where the battle occured over a hundred and fifty years ago! Much like St. Patrick’s day to Ireland, it is pretty much an American holiday at this point!



  • Traditionally, People celebrated with parades, street parties, mariachi music, dancing. Favorite foods served included tacos, nachos, salsa, and mole poblano.


Of course you’ll want some food to go with your drinks! Try to avoid drinking on an empty stomach to steer clear of getting sick! Here’s a few factoids about Mexican food to go with your alcohol!


  • The product shipment of frozen Mexican foods produced in the U.S., such as tamales and tortillas, was over 1 hundred million dollars in 2002.



  • The worth of frozen tamales made in the U.S. shipped in 2002 was nearly fifty million.


So there you have it! Be sure to check out Community Restaurants for restaurants celebrating this holiday in the Northeast North Carolina area!

Mole Poblano


So how well did Restaurants do this Easter?

Easter has come and gone, and as the 4th biggest holiday for restaurants, so has a boat load of cash. While the actual statistics for Easter 2012 won’t be available for a few weeks, we can guess how well we did this year based on a survey conducted by the National Restaurant Association a days prior to the holiday.

According the the poll, some 33 million Americans were estimated to have dined out this holiday. Fifty one percent of those 33 million (thats 16830000 people!) were expected to eat a holiday themed buffet. The other 49% of holiday diners were divided between spiral cut hams, pastries, and eggs in that order respectively. Lamb, while a traditional Eater meal with historic and religious origins (see our post about traditional meals here), only made 7% of what diners were looking for.

Though diners were expected to arrive at restaurant buffets in hordes, which restaurants they chose was another story. A whopping 48% said they would be going to old and trusty favorites, regardless of Easter specials or not. Sixteen percent were on the look out for Easter specials and themed menus (This is where those marketing bucks come in handy! Sixteen percent more diners is 16% more money on top of your regular crowd!) and 13% of folks were looking for a restaurant entirely new to them.

Also of note, 18% of those 33 million diners said they would be looking for places that had activities and menu options for their children. Restaurants with egg hunts and Eater themed coloring books may have scored a few extra dollars this last Sunday.


Easter Specials

Need somewhere to go on Easter? Check out what these restaurants are doing for the holiday! Support your local scene.

Basnight’s Lone Cedar Cafe

Easter Buffet

Roast Turkey Breast with Dressing and Pan Gravy, Quiche, Southern Fried Chicken, Slow-Roasted Fresh Ham, Lone Cedar Jumbo Lump Crab Dip with Crostinis, Spicy Shrimp and Stone-Ground Grits, Pamlico Sound Fried Greentail Shrimp, Cold Steamed Shrimp, Blackened Outer Banks Fresh Catch

Sweet Potato Crunch, Whipped Red Potatoes, Old-Fashioned Potato Salad, Pasta Salad, Fresh Fruit, Green Beans, Steamed Cabbage, Collards, Carrot Salad, Pea Salad, Pickled Eggs

Sweet Potato Biscuits, Assorted Muffins, Lone Cedar Corn Bread

Coffee or Tea

Mrs. Janie’s Assorted Desserts

Sunday, April 8, 2012

11:00 am until 8:00 pm

Reservations Encouraged–Walk-Ins Welcome

Call 252-441-5405

Adults–$20; Children 6-12–$10; 5 and under–free

Gratuity Not Included

Regular Menu Not Available on Easter

Bob-B-Q / Catering Concepts

Special Easter Buffet 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Featuring lamb, roast beef and a great selection of mouth watering foods.

Coinjock Marina and Restaurant

Special Easter Menu! Call 252-453-3271 for details!

Columbia Crossing & Good Times Tavern

All Day Easter Buffet 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Delicious Country Cookin’ – All You Can Eat

Dragon Buffet

Open 11-10 including Mongolian bbq.

Fish Hooks Cafe

Easter Buffet With Your Favorite Seafood 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Groupers Waterfront Seafood Restaurant

Buffet from 11:30 – 3:00 deck will be open for seating (weather permitting) full bar service

Call for reservations 331-2431

Main buffet specialties: PRIME RIB!! Apple stuffed Pork Loin, seafood crepes, smoked seafood, mashed potato bar, chocolate fondue

The Lone Goose Steakhouse

All You Can Eat Easter Buffet 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Moratoc Restaurant

Easter Buffet 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Home style cooking with banana fritters and special desserts.