Dallas Does Cinco de (Drinko) Mayo 2016

Cinco de Mayo is upon us and soon Dallas’ patios will be overflowing with patrons sipping on margaritas, indulging in an excessive amount of chips and queso, and inevitably falling down from trying to act like they know how to salsa (drunken confidence is the BEST).

So, where should you fall down? Who’s margaritas reign supreme? How do you know which event touting the best Cinco event is worth your time? I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite spots for you to decide for yourself! Click on the restaurant’s name for a direct link to each restaurant.

STAMPEDE 66:

Always one to stand out, Stampede 66 is kicking off Cinco de Mayo a day early with their Cautro de Mayo celebration, May 4, 4-11 p.m. in the bar! Guests can enjoy a special extended Happy Hour featuring Hornito’s Tequila drink specials, live performance by Mariachi Espuelas de Plata (beginning at 6p), complementary cupcakes by Sprinkles, and nachos courtesy of the Chef!

MI DIA FROM SCRATCH:

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, Mi Dia From Scratch Plano will be debuting drink specials for those wanting to celebrate the Mexican holiday. On May 5, from 11a-10p, drink specials will include a $5 Mi Dia Frozen Over, the house frozen margarita featuring Sauza Blue Silver, Triple Sec, lemon juice and agave nectar, $5 Mi Dia Rita Rocks, the house rocks margarita, and a discounted Margarita of the Month, a monthly margarita special including seasonal and fresh ingredients.

CAFE HERRERA:

Café Herrera kicks off patio season and Cinco de Mayo with a three-part celebration from their new restaurant and 3,000 square-foot patio, located in the heart of Downtown, across from the Dallas Omni Hotel. Pausing and/or stretching between the day’s activities will be optional.

Uno: $2 Street Tacos, Drink Specials and Live Mariachi Music begin the celebration at 11am. Street tacos will be prepared from the Café Herrera Patio via a wood fired grill for optimal flavor; and, an authentic experience. Beef fajita, chicken fajita, pastor; and, beef barbacoa will be offered.

Drink specials will be offered all day, featuring Café Herrera’s Signature Craft Margarita: The Maximo– Maestro Dobel Diamante, Solerno, Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice and Organic Agave Nectar ($10).  Also offered, Casa Sauza 100% Agave Silver Margaritas – frozen or on the rocks ($5); Imports; and, cheers-ing mini cocktails (otherwise known as shots). Attached: full listing of the drink specials offered 11a-11p on Thursday, May 5th + The Maximo, captured by Kevin Marple.

Dos: Service begins from the Pop-up Patio Bar at 4pm, where drink specials will be conveniently crafted on the patio. Live music will also return until 10pm.

Tres: $2 Street Tacos continue; and, the Cinco Small Bites Menu will be offered on the patio from 7-11p, in addition to the full dinner menu. Drink specials continue until close.

CANTINA LAREDO:

ALL of the modern Mexican outposts will celebrate with the Verde Infusion ‘Rita and the Cinco ‘Rita available for only $5 each, and the following Cantina Laredo restaurants have announced party plans:

Addison: The party on the patio includes an outdoor food and beverage bar with entertainment by DJ P from 6-10 p.m.

Frisco: DJ Sonido Mart will play from 6-10 p.m. and the party will be both inside and on the patio.  There will be giveaways and prizes all evening.

Grapevine – DJ Dos Aces will spin tunes and giveaway prizes from 5-9 p.m.

Lewisville – Hit the dancefloor when The Enablers Band starts at 7 p.m.  Between songs there will be giveaways and prizes.

MEXICAN SUGAR:

The stylish Plano restaurant known for its distinctive hacienda atmosphere and “sultry Mexican comfort” is preparing for a Cinco de Mayo to remember. For starters, its Classic and Frozen Margaritas will be offered at a special $5 price all day on Thursday, May 5. That’s half off for a margarita made with only high-quality ingredients, including freshly squeezed juices, using Mexican Sugar’s signature recipes. And starting a 5 p.m., a live band will be performing on the restaurant’s beautiful and spacious patio, adding the perfect touch to the relaxing Mexican Sugar ambiance.

EL FENIX:

Come enjoy any of El Fenix’s legendary Tex-Mex dishes and raise a glass to one of Texas’ most beloved celebrations of its Mexican heritage. This year, to make the festivities even more special, El Fenix has invited the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico to perform for dinner guests at its downtown Dallas restaurant, located at 1601 McKinney Ave., beginning at 5 p.m.

To sweeten the celebration, El Fenix will also be offering their award-winning Original Margarita for just $2.99 – frozen or on the rocks – at each of the 20 restaurants across the DFW Metroplex, as well as the Wichita Falls location.

SNUFFERS:

Snuffer’s Restaurant & Bar is celebrating Cinco de Mayo by serving up drink and burger deals so good, you’ll scream ‘Ay, caramba!’ The North Texas fan favorite will toast our neighbors to the south with $3 margaritas at each of its nine locations across DFW. Whether you prefer yours frozen or on the rocks, you can sip on these celebratory cocktails at this sweet price all weekend long, from May 5 – 8.

NICK AND SAM’S GRILL:

The popular Park Cities bistro will serve up a Cinco de Mayo-themed feast that will make Mexican-food lovers say olé! Guests will begin their culinary adventure with an array of aperitivos including stuffed jalapeños, camerones ala diabla and lobster queso flameado. Next, indulge in an array of entradas including roasted quail mole oaxaqueño, posole rojo, skirt steak regio montano, tostada yucateca and lobster poblano rice. Finally, treat your palate to some Kahlua flan, passion fruit churros and chocobanana postres. Top-shelf tequila and Mescal cocktails are included! First Wednesdays dinners at Nick & Sam’s Grill begin seating at 6 p.m. and are priced at $55 per adult (excluding tax and gratuity). For reservations, call 214.379.1111.

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