Cinco de Mayo is one of my favorite holidays to get together with friends – who doesn’t love an excuse to drink margaritas and eat their weight in guacamole and tacos! But it definitely gets pricey especially in NYC, some places charge $15 for a tiny margarita and $20+ for an entrée. Where can a girl get decently priced Cinco de Mayo food?! As a full-time blogger, I’ve had to become a lot more budget conscious when it comes to eating out. So I recently went to check out On the Border, a Mexican restaurant offering freshly made food at affordable prices (and big portions!). I went with my girlfriend and with drinks, an appetizer, and two full-on fajita entrees, the total bill was only $56! I was pleasantly surprised as the food was quite tasty and the drinks were sizable.We started off our meal with a strawberry margarita that was big enough to share. The margarita was nice and sweet, and I liked that the strawberry taste was strong. I’m a huge fan of drinks that don’t taste like alcohol, so this margarita was perfect because it tasted like fresh strawberries. We also ordered the Border Sampler, which is an appetizer plate that had chicken quesadillas, nachos, and mini chicken chimis. To be honest, we probably could have been full just sharing the sampler plate. It was pretty heavy and definitely something my boyfriend would have appreciated. I like that it came with sliced jalapenos for an extra kick.
For our entrees, we ordered the Shrimp Fajitas and Carnitas Fajitas. These were definitely the highlight of the meal. The fajitas are made to order, with hand-press flour tortillas and mesquite wood fire grilled meat. I had the Carnitas which were super flavorful and well marinated. I was eyeing the shrimp so badly the whole time, which unfortunately I can’t have it as I’m allergic to shrimp. But it looked so juicy and fresh, I was totally jealous of my friend who was able to eat them.
Asides from the food, the location we went to in Hicksville also had a variety of seating options. You could sit at the bar area or high tables for casual drinks, booths for a cozy date night, or a separate enclosed area with big windows for families with kids. Do note that the restaurant does not take reservations, so I recommend getting there early if you don’t want to wait. We started out at the high tables as there was a 30 wait for a regular table/booth, and eventually moved to a table at the enclosed area next to the big windows. This worked out well as we were able to get good natural lighting, which of course is essential for blogger photos.
So if you’re looking for a budget-friendly spot for Cinco De Mayo food and drinks, On the Border is a good option whether you’re with girlfriends, significant other, or family. There’s something for everyone, from fruity margaritas for the girls to sizable entrees for the guys. Cheers to a great Cinco De Mayo!
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