After five or six years, Esther was well established and a bigger location was suggested by her family, but Esther has stuck with her unique locale.
She likes to keep the menu fresh, buying her ingredients from across the street at the Handy Foods supermarket. If produce items are on sale, chances are some of it will end up in the kitchen, which is how customers find themselves trying new things.
Cinco de Mayo has special significance at Esther’s Sueno.
The celebration is not Mexico’s independence day, as often thought — that’s Sept. 16.
It actually commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over French troops at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.
In the U.S. and elsewhere it also has become a day to spotlight Mexican cuisine, culture and music.
At Esther’s, the holiday also commemorates when the eatery opened 14 years ago. Esther's has traditionally hosted a DJ for the holiday, selling her tacos for $1.
There are plenty of Mexican restaurants in Starved Rock Country to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Keep scrolling for three other unique options: