Cinco de Mayo

The holiday of Cinco de Mayo may draw its origins from Mexican culture, but it has firmly established its roots in the American restaurant scene. Operators across the country are gearing up for the fiesta on May 5 with celebratory food, drink and other activities.

Dos Caminos
New York, NY
This Manhattan hotspot will offer an extended happy hour and a menu that puts a modern spin on classic Mexican fare, including lump crab guacamole.

West Hartford, CT
Startng on Friday, a two-for-one margarita special from 5 to 7 pm and a chance to win dinner for 8 is offered. On Saturday, specials on items like tiacoyo de pollo ($10), lobster empanadas ($12), and pescado enfriolado ($26) will also be offered.

El Hefe Taqueria
Scottsdale, AZ
Cinco de Mayo Party: From 11 a.m.on Saturday, this establishment will offer Beer-garitas and tacos at discounted prices, and at 7 p.m. will put up a 50-foot projector screening the Mayweather vs. Cotto fight. There’s also a $500 beanbag tournament purse prize open to all.

Mas Malo
Los Angeles, CA
With an entire room dedicated to tequila, Mas Malo takes Cinco de Mayo pretty seriously. In each section of the restaurant, a different tequila will be offered, creating a table-hopping experience to excite the crowd.

Atlanta, GA
The after-work party starts on Friday with select cocktails and appetizers for $5 each. On Saturday, guests can enjoy $5 Sangria, Dos Equis and classic margaritas from 5-11 p.m.

Rock and Roll Hotel
Washington, DC
Cinco de Metal: Drink specials, bar games and a healthy dose of old-school heavy metal on a rooftop at noon overlooking Washington DC.

Dallas, TX
A good old-fashioned get down in the heart of Dallas offers a Bob Armstrong eating contest, bull riding and DJ starting at 5 p.m.

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