Though often confused with Mexican Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army's victory against the French in the Battle of Puebla.
In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is more of a ceremonial day honored with military parades, but Americans will use any holiday as an excuse to get rowdy. That's especially true when the celebration includes obscene amounts of tequila and guacamole. For plenty of both, along with other fun and food, check out the following restaurants offering Cinco de Mayo specials. All parties and deals take place Saturday, May 5, unless otherwise noted.
222 Taco. The new North Bay Village eatery will celebrate its first-ever Cinco de Mayo with tacos al pastor, mini chips and guac, and mini Mexican paletas for $2.22 and margaritas for $5. Enjoy music by local DJs Corey Chase and Sire. 1624 79th St. Cswy., North Bay Village; 833-222-8226; 222ta.co.
Biscayne Bay Brewing Company. The brewery will host a taco-eating contest beginning at 5 p.m. Competitors will scarf down as many tacos as possible in 15 minutes. The first-place winner will receive a $100 gift card. If you’re there for the drinks, though, find plenty of beer. 8000 NW 25th St., Doral; 305-381-5718; biscaynebaybrewing.com.
Bodega. On Saturday, May 5, Bodega South Beach will be hosting a block party from 3 to 9 p.m. extending from Alton Road to Alton Court with live music, Mariachi bands, face painting, and a photo booth. There will also be a number of craft beer booths pouring limited release brews. For eats, several food trucks will include Mrs. Cheezious, Mr. Goodstuff, Opita Greek, and Dolci Peccati. A taco-eating contest starting at 3:30 p.m. To enter, visit bodegaCinco@meninhospitality.com. 1220 16th St., Miami Beach; 305-704-2145; bodegasouthbeach.com.
Cantina La Veinte. Beginning at noon, Cantina La Veinte will offer "Coronitas" with shots of tequila for $10 each, along with free sombreros. A gold margarita ($20) and traditional
Chuy’s. On Saturday, May 5 enjoy Happy Hour drink specials all day. Cure your hangover on Sunday, May 6 with $5 Tito’s Bloody Mary’s and some authentic Tex-Mex cuisine. 8001 NW 36 St., Doral; 786-646-9986; chuys.com.
Cinco de Wynwood. This free bash will include a colossal piñata with pyrotechnics and 24-ounce margaritas ($18). There will also be a performance by Latin singer Reykon. The party starts at noon, and those who RSVP will get a free beer. Wynwood Marketplace, 2250 NW Second Ave, Miami; cincodewynwood.com. Admission is free with RSVP at eventbrite.com.
El Vez. Stephen Starr’s El Vez at the W Fort Lauderdale will open its doors for the first time on Cinco de Mayo. The restaurant will serve complimentary carnitas and chips with guacamole. There will also be lawn games and live music at the oceanfront property, as well as an appearance by the famous Mexican Elvis impersonator El Vez himself. Admission to the fiesta is free. 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-414-8200; wfortlauderdalehotel.com/el-vez.
Finka Table & Tap. Drink Coronas for $5 each and eat a Cuban version of nachos — made with
Kiki on the River. Chef Rhee will serve Mexican cuisine with a Mediterranean twist, such as Greek-style
Lolo's Surf Cantina. From 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Lolo's will host an all-day fiesta featuring $8 margaritas,
Naked Taco. Ralph Pagano's South Beach party spot will celebrate Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby all day Saturday with food and drinks specials and giveaways, dancing girls, and
Miami Beach; 305-534-8455; nakedtacomiami.com
Pincho Factory. For Cinco de Mayo, all Pincho Factory locations will offer a $10 quesadilla burger. The creation includes queso fresco, guacamole, pico de gallo, and crema between cheese quesadillas as the bun. Various locations; pinchofactory.com.
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Plomo Tequila & Taco Bar. The Coral Gables spot will offer $5 beers and $6 Cazadores margaritas all day. Live music and mariachis will entertain guests. 230 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-456-1928; plomotacobar.com.
The Standard Spa, Miami Beach. The beloved Miami Beach hotel and spa will host Fiesta en el Jardin. Wander the gardens while enjoying Mexican fare, drinks by Casamigos tequila, and music. 40 Island Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-1717; standardhotels.com. Tickets cost $50 via cincomayo.splashthat.com.
The Taco Stand. The new Wynwood eatery will celebrate its first Cinco de Mayo with $2.50 taco specials such as chicken, al pastor, and veggie options. Enjoy Mexican beers for $3. 313 NW 25th St., Miami; 786-580-4948; letstaco.com.