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Cinco de Mayo Popup

May 5 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Cinque di Maggio

The first question: Does Italy have Cinco de Mayo? Of course it does!  It’s just called Cinque di Maggio.  It is followed by Sei di Maggio etc.  The real question is, does Mexico have a Cinco de Mayo and the answer is, yes, but it’s nothing like the celebrations held in the US.  In Mexico, it is a holiday honoring a battle in the Mexican war against France.  In the US, it is a holiday that honors Mexican American pride that has now been co-opted to celebrating drinking beer.  So what the heck, we are appropriating it to celebrate the Cinco de Mayo pop-up: a delicious night of Mexican-Italian fusion cooking & libation!

The Cinco di Mayo Pop-up

With other holiday menus we offer, we start out with a common menu idea and then give it the Grotto spin based on Italian cooking traditions.  But for Cinco di Mayo, we are just going straight to the Mexican~Italian fusion. Because I have no experience in any sort of a Cinco de Mayo tradition in Italy, we are winging it.  Well, actually there will be no wings! But I do love Mexican cooking, especially LA style Mexican Cooking! So there will be tacos, tamales, albondigas, cocteles, and rice & beans.

So for tonight, we are imaging a menu of Mexican favorites.  The kind I would get from the Loncherias at 3rd & Figueroa at 3 am after listening to jazz in my misspent youth in LA.  And since this is a one-off pop-up, if you want to make sure you enjoy, you should reserve and make note you want the pop up menu.  Otherwise, you can just walk in and dine.

The Popup Menu

Bar Snacks
$5 each ~~ $25 for all 5 + our Cinco de Mayo cocktails

Cocteles Mixto
an Italian spin on ceviche and cooked fish cocktail.

wild boar & polenta tamale

Pork Belly {local Rocky Hollow pork belly} spiced and sauteed
on corn tortillas.

pork meatballs in a light tomato based soup

Frijoles & Arroz
black beans & rice reimagined as risotto & beans

Cinco di Mayo cocktails

mezcal, campari, cinzano, rhubarb syrup

Strawberry Habanero Margarita
house infused strawberry habanero tequila

Fumo y Fuego
habanero infused tequila, mezcal, lime, house falernum, agave

If you don’t care for a cocktail, substitute a local tap beer or a glass of chianti.  If you are still hungry, all of our Cinco di Mayo snacks will be available ala carte.  Plus we will offer Happy Hour all night in the Grotto Bar.  And just for the heck of it: Half Priced Burgers.  So spend a lower key Cinco de Mayo with us at the Grotto. Or come pre-game with us and burger up before an evening of loud, crowded bars full of drunken folk.


May 5
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Grotto Bar at 1914
1914 9th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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