Cinco de Mayo Dining Roundup 2012
The annual alcohol-fueled celebration of Cinco de Mayo takes place this coming weekend and it seems every restaurant and bar has some sort of fiesta planned for the occasion.
A colorful mural inside Cien Agaves in Scottsdale.
While most Mexican joints are content to trot out the Mexican kitsch and offer cut-rate prices on whatever cerveza they have in stock, a few eateries and other Valley establishments will offer special dishes and unique festivities -- ranging from tortilla-making to tussles between luchadores.
Here's our list of some of the coolest restaurant events and special eats to be had around town.
Distrito in Scottsdale.
The "Cinco de Milagro" affair on Saturday, May 5, will feature a special chef tasting menu for $35 per person with an additional $15 tequila pairing available. Meanwhile, $2 Tecate and $5 margaritas will be offered and luchadores will battle from 2 to 6 p.m. in a wrestling ring that will be setup inside the restaurant. Call 480-970-4444.
Carne asada tacos and other street vendor-style Mexican food selections will be served up by chef Lorenzo Lopez and his staff for $5 apiece during a Cinco de Mayo outdoor patio party starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 5. Bands will also perform throughout the day and the bartenders will mix up $5 margaritas and pour $3 Mexican beers like Corona and Negro Modelo. No cover. Call 480-994-5656.
Las Glorias Grill
A variety of tacos -- including your choice of beef, chicken, fish, and mariscos -- will be served for $1.25 each from Thursday, May 3, to Saturday, May 5. Drink specials and 99-cent margaritas will also be available. Tequila tastings and an appearance by the Milagro Girls will also take place on Cinco de Mayo. Call 602-944-8457.
Blue Agave Mexican Cantina
Executive chef Gus Jickess will whip up special menu items starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, in honor of Cinco de Mayo. Patrons can also partake in $3 Dos Equis drafts and a number of liquor promos and giveaways. Call 480-419-6375.
El Pedregal Marketplace
The chefs from Spotted Donkey Cantina, the Palo Verde at the Boulders Resort, and more than a dozen other restaurants will create spicy specialty concoctions for the annual Cinco de Mayo Salsa Festival at the Carefree shopping center's amphitheatre from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 6. Herradura Tequila will provide samples, Arizona Wines will conduct vino tastings, The Bakery Café will sell traditional Mexican deserts, and an outdoor grill will offer tacos al carbón and tostada de carnitas. Admission is free. Call 480-488-1072.o
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