13 Metro Phoenix Restaurants and Bars with Cinco de Mayo Celebrations
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Margarita mavens can score a great deal on four flavors at Bar Louie in Tempe Marketplace. On Saturday and Sunday, the price of the Dos Sauza, La Fresca, pomegranate, and strawberry margaritas drops from $10 to $5 each. Plus, diners who order a margarita or 14 oz. draft of XX Dos Equis ($3) will get a free basket of chips with salsa. For those in need of something more substantial to fill their Mexico-sized craving, there's the verde chicken flatbread, Southwest burger topped with guacamole, or steak-stuffed El Burrito Loco.
The Herb Box
With Cinco de Mayo falling on a Sunday this year, no one will judge if you start drinking early at an afternoon brunch. Both the Phoenix and Scottsdale locations of The Herb Box will be serving brunch from the morning through the late afternoon (hours vary), accompanied by live music. Lighter options include the butternut squash and corn enchiladas with tomatillo verde, Sonoma jack cheese, and fiesta salad ($14). Or grab a one-time-only taste of the holiday specials, a shrimp gazpacho martini appetizer with pineapple mango salsa ($8) and blackened fish tacos with red cabbage-cilantro slaw, avocado-roasted corn salsa, and smoked jalapeno vinaigrette ($13). Mango margaritas will be $5 all day, or pick any brunch entrée with a mango mimosa or Bloody Mary for $24.
This restaurant specializes in French Swiss fare like crepes and fondue, but the menu is going Mexican on May 5. There will be two holiday specials on offer: queso fundido with chorizo (Monterey jack cheese, green chiles, onions, and tequila served with sliced sausage and tortilla chips) and, for dessert, homemade Corona sorbet garnished with lime. To further get diners in the spirit of Cinco de Mayo, two cocktails -- Micheladas and The Bull (tequila, beer, pink lemonade) -- will be available. For reservations, call 602-337-8760.
The celebration at Abuelo's lasts for three days this year and includes live music, prizes, and giveaways. Beginning on Friday, May 3, there will be all-day drink specials like draft domestic beers for $1.99, Mexican Flag Margaritas for $5.95, and a free shot of tequila in a take-home glass for every order of the signature La Grandeza Margarita. There are two locations in the Valley: Peoria and Chandler.
Carefree Station will have brunch and dinner specials for Cinco de Mayo. The regular menu version of huevos rancheros -- three eggs on top of housemade masa cake, covered with alubia frijoles, pork chile verde sauce, and melted cheese -- gets amped up for the holiday with Niman Ranch pork tenderloin ($20). Eggs Benedict receives a similar treatment, topped with green chile hollandaise sauce and mole beef tenderloin ($26). For dinner, tender lamb hip will be chargrilled with a nine-spice mole rub and stacked with housemade masa tortillas, jalapeno cream, and pico de gallo ($13). And don't forget to order one of Carefree Station's signature margaritas, like the locally flavored prickly pear, or the Smok'n Guns featuring blanco tequila, red pepper, cilantro, and habanero.
The party will be hopping all day outside at SOL Cocina with live music, an expanded patio, and an additional bar. And you'll definitely be glad for the extra Back Door Bar with these drink specials on the menu: a grande Cadillac Margarita made with blanco tequila, orange juice, Grand Marnier, and housemade sour mix is $10; Victoria draft beers are $6; and a shot of reposado Karma tequila will be served in an ice-cold luge for $6. The restaurant will be serving food until 10 p.m. on Sunday, and the bars will remain open until midnight.
35631 N. Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree, AZ
16092 N. Arrowhead Fountains Center Drive, Peoria, AZ