What Do Americans On Lockdown Miss Most? Mexican Restaurants
"Dear Mexican restaurants: I miss you."
Turns out, Mexican restaurants are essential to American culture - and happiness.
What are Americans missing most during quarantine?
You might think it's baseball, NASCAR, WWE, Coachella...
Nope. According to Twitter, it's Mexican restaurants.
the things I would do to be in a Mexican restaurant with a bowl full of queso and a margarita in my hand...you guys don’t want to know— brown anna kendrick (@meeracleshappen) March 27, 2020
thinking about my local mexican restaurants ...... ????miss y’all pic.twitter.com/cUkHtvSefj— ♎️ (@iviehull) April 3, 2020
me to the inside of a Mexican food restaurant: https://t.co/lSJEb3tr02— ???????????????? (@kolbierashell) March 27, 2020
That's right, Americans of all colors, but especially white Americans, even celebs, are desperate to see the inside of a Mexican restaurant.
Dying to eat at a Mexican restaurant again ????— Rich O'Toole (@RichOToole) March 27, 2020
i’d sell my left tit to be able to sit down at a mexican restaurant, eat queso, and drink a margarita— Mak ✨ (@makinseypierson) April 4, 2020
I just wanna go eat Mexican food at a restaurant and drink margs with my friends, Is that too much to ask???— Larry Marshall (@larrymarshalljr) March 25, 2020
Granted, the majority seem to be fixated on endless chips, jumbo margs, and queso. Still, their yearning demonstrates how integral Mexican restaurants and Mexican culture are to American culture.
when this quarantine is over the first thing I’m doing is going to a Mexican restaurant and eating my body weight in tortilla chips & drinking a jumbo marg— ♥ ꒒꒐ꋊ꒯ꇙ ♥????2021 (@lindseyaf_) March 27, 2020
I’ll never take for granted being able to sit down at a Mexican restaurant and fill myself up on chips and my drink before my food comes out after all of this— Braden Hanzelka (@BHanzelka6) April 1, 2020
If you see me with 4 bowls of queso, 8 bowls of chips and salsa and a pitcher of margaritas when Mexican restaurants open back up mind ya business....— Fuller Custom Leather (@DaddyDaneFuller) April 3, 2020
But it isn't all chips and salsa. Mexican restaurants are a distillation of some of the best and most recognizable parts of our culture: the food, the music, nuestros trajes tipicos, el ambiente alegre.
Even other Latinos are missing the Mexican restaurant experience.
dear Mexican restaurants,— Fran ???? (@li0nn_) April 2, 2020
I miss you. ???? pic.twitter.com/VosyK3um9c
Fortunately for them, and for us, our local Mexican restaurants are still open - and they're delivering. Some of them are even delivering groceries...and margaritas.
Local Mexican restaurant La Posada is selling groceries along with takeout and margaritas thanks to @GovAbbott order to allow restaurants to resell bulk food.— Rob Dew (@DewsNewz) March 28, 2020
Support your local businesses. pic.twitter.com/0aaxSj9xHi
El Pasoans, my grandparents have a Mexican restaurant named “El Chewco” at 600 South Santa Fe Street they are doing takeout and delivering via doordash. Your first doordash delivery is free. Please support local during this time ???? The doordash link is— Arianne (@arianne_2901) March 24, 2020
below! #supportlocal pic.twitter.com/jvKdUCCBQe
Unfortunately, times are tough and many are struggling.
my dad’s mexican restaurant has been hit pretty bad this month and it’s only getting worse now. If you’re in the LA/southbay area & want some yummy authentic mexican comfort food we’re still open for to-go orders!— xtine (@christylorelly) March 16, 2020
location: 233 n sepulveda blvd manhattan beach, ca
(310) 372-4504 pic.twitter.com/AjKaOjMJiU
PLEASE READ. For those who don't my mom has poured her entire heart and soul into owning her own business and these past two weeks have been a MAJOR bump in the road. IF you decide to go eat. Please please please eat local and visit Rositas Mexican Restaurant ♥️ pic.twitter.com/aBwHu7cC7Q— Aylinne???? (@aylinnemtz) March 15, 2020
And yet, they continue to lead by example, supporting and feeding their local communities, providing and delivering meals to hungry kids, families, and workers on the frontlines.
While rich restauranteurs like Tom Douglas close all of their restaurants and lay off all of their employees without any pay or compensation, this Seattle area Mexican restaurant is providing free meals to children especially those who usually get food at their now-closed schools pic.twitter.com/LucdlOF11D— gay for taxing the rich & abolishing ICE (@fatherqueerest) March 14, 2020
Sergio's Mexican Restaurant is feeling the strain as people stay home during the COVID-19 outbreak. Despite that, the restaurant has given out more than 1,000 free meals so far to help their community. https://t.co/ys9OTIMotb— WPSD Local 6 (@WPSDLocal6) March 24, 2020
Maria's Mexican Restaurant dropped off some of their amazing enchiladas for our officers last night! Thanks to Michael Sanchez and everyone at the restaurant for their support. pic.twitter.com/ckrgR0fmC1— Ralston Police (@RalstonPolice) April 3, 2020
So, gringos, order takeout and...
...don't ever take Mexicans for granted again.