Margaritas, salsa and street tacos, oh my! Visit these Valley dining destinations to celebrate Cinco de Mayo 2014.
La Hacienda is spicing things up for Cinco de Mayo with a party on the plaza, Monday, May 5. The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess restaurant is creating a Cinco de Mayo fiesta marketplace with strolling mariachis, a street-style taco cart, a guacamole sampling station, churros fried to order, twinkling lights, streamers of Mexican flags, piñatas and the plaza fountain lit in red and green. www.scottsdaleprincess.com.
Salty Senorita in Old Town Scottsdale celebrates Cinco de Mayo with an assortment of weekend activities, live music on the patio, drink and food specials (like $3 street tacos) all weekend long beginning on Saturday, May 3. www.saltysenorita.com.
El Palacio Restaurant & Cantina in Chandler will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Cinco dias of Cinco – a full five days of fun from May 1 to 5. Highlights Family Day on Saturday, May 3 with coloring activities and a piñata party on the patio from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Also, kids eat for free with a paid adult. www.epfamilyrestaurants.com.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Milagro Grill in Phoenix with a weekend full of fun including a beanbag tourney, live DJ music on the patio and award-winning tacos and draft beer starting at only $2. Head over to Milagro Grill beginning on Saturday, May 3 and enjoy three full days of food and drink specials. www.milagrogrillaz.com.
This Cinco De Mayo, Fired Pie is offering its Spicy Southwest Pizza for just $5 on Monday, May 5. www.firedpie.com.
From Saturday, May 3, to Monday, May 5, Uptown Alley in Surprise is offering up $5 margaritas, $3 Tecates and a plate of three street tacos for $5. www.uptownalleysurprise.com.
Order a Mexican-inspired margarita cupcake at the Sprinkles. This tequila-key lime cake is topped with key lime frosting and a rim of fleur de sel. The cupcake is available May 2 to 22 at their Scottsdale location. www.sprinkles.com.
Special offerings on the Taste of Paul Martin’s menu include appetizers, share plates, beer, wine, and cocktails all starting at just $5 on May 5. www.paulmartinsamericangrill.com.
Kicking off Saturday, May 3 and continuing through Monday, May 5, visit Sandbar Mexican Grill to enjoy live music and DJs performing all day out on the stage on the patio extension, as well as drink specials such as $3 Dos Equis beers and $5 margaritas at both Valley locations of Sandbar (Chandler and Desert Ridge). www.sandbaraz.com.
Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill is ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with you. Enjoy $2 Coronas all day and $5 Icebergs at any of their five Valley locations. www.ztejas.com.
Stop by Barrell Grill & Modern Saloon on May 5 to enjoy a selection of half-price eats and drinks, including margaritas and Mexican beers. www.barrellgrill.com.
In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, on May 5, Sierra Bonita Grill will be offering two of its popular, made-to-order, fresh margaritas for only $5 all day long. Additionally, Sierra Bonita Grill will be serving up five $10 lunch specials. www.sierrabonitagrill.com.
Starting Friday, celebrate Cinco de Mayo all weekend long with a variety of drink specials (think $5 margaritas), plus live entertainment at The Shout House at Glendale’s Westgate Entertainment District. www.theshouthouse/az. (In fact, many restaurants and bars at Westgate are celebrating Cinco. Visit www.westgateaz.com/cinco.)
On Cinco de Mayo, RA Sushi is offering drink specials at all five Valley locations from 3 to 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight, available throughout the whole restaurant. www.rasushi.com.
From open to close throughout the entire restaurant, Scottsdale Station will be offering 50 percent off all tequila and all Mexican bottled beers on May 5. www.scottsdalestation.com.
Scottsdale’s The Herb Box commemorates Cinco de Mayo with a $5 Skinny Superfruit Margarita, offered all day throughout the entire restaurant. www.theherbbox.com.
Come celebrate May 3 and 4 with happy hour specials all weekend long at Los Sombreros, including $6 drinks and $6 appetizers, including guacamole, chips and salsa, quesadillas, tacos, and the corn cake souffle. The specials will be available in the bar only. www.lossombreros.com.
Join in the all-day Cinco de Mayo celebration at Aunt Chilada’s Tempe with live mariachi entertainment, leisure on the outdoor cantina patio, complimentary tequila tastings from Dirty Tequila and Hornitas and hourly participation Aunt Chilada’s Peso Contest on May 5. www.auntchiladas.com.
On Monday, May 5 from 5 to 9 p.m., Joyride Taco House (Central Phoenix and Gilbert locations) will feature $5 house margaritas and $2 carnitas tacos to honor Cinco de Mayo. www.joyridetacohouse.com.
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