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Cinco de Mayo in South Florida
Some of the better places to celebrate this Saturday
Nevermind that it’s just a minor holiday in Mexico!  May 5th is an American excuse to celebrate our neighbor to the south with tacos, mariachi bands, and tequila!  Here is a humble list of some of the Cinco de Mayo happenings in South Florida.  This being First Course, good food is naturally part of the celebration...along with the tequila.

Miami

Mercadito Midtown (3252 NE First Avenue Miami, FL 33137)
Perhaps Miami’s best gourmet Mexican restaurant, Mercadito will be putting on its own Cinco de Mayo celebration with $40 sharing menus that include creative guacamoles (pineapple or mango, anyone) and tacos, as well as as a drink special called the ponche zaragoza: tequila reposado, orange, grapefruit, guajillo, Grand Marnier, and Yucateca.  For more information, visit www.mercaditorestaurants.com/midtown

Rosa Mexicano (Several Locations)
Enjoy a special Cinco de Mayo menu that will include such specialties as Budin de Pollo, hamachi tacos, and fish cooked in the Pibil fashion (rubbed with achiote and cooked in banana leaves).  Don’t miss the guacamole prepared tableside, as well as their unparalleled selection of tequilas!  Both the Brickell and South Beach locations will feature live music and giveaways.  Visit www.rosamexicano.com for more information

While not advertising any special Cinco de Mayo celebrations, be sure to check out Paquito’s in Aventura for their tequila bar and kitschy atmosphere, Talavera in Coral Gables for its beautifully-prepared authentic Mexican cuisine, and Taqueria El Mexicano for its great inexpensive tacos and cheap margaritas.

Broward & Palm Beach

Rocco’s Tacos (several locations)
Known for their tasty interpretations of Tex-Mex favorites, Rocco’s Tacos will be hosting crazy Cinco de Mayo parties at all of their locations that will include drink specials, live music, DJs, a mariachi band, free tequila pourings, and moustache contest.  The winner at each location will receive $250, and the best moustache from all locations will win $250 along with $500 in Rocco’s Tacos gift certificates.  Visit www.roccostacos.com for more information

Tijuana Flats (several locations)
If you’re planning on hosting a Cinco de Mayo fiesta at home, but don’t have the time to cook everything yourself, Tijuana Flats could very well be your “salvador”.  Catering orders placed on May 4th and 5th that total $100 or more get a free $20 gift card.  The fast food Tex-Mex restaurant known best for its assortment of proprietary hot sauces will also be offering dine-in beer specials.  For more information, visit www.tijuanaflats.com

Dos Caminos (1140 Seabreeze Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316)
Located in Fort Lauderdale Beach, Broward’s destination for upscale Mexican dining is offering $8 Milagro margarita specials and $45 margarita pitchers this Friday and Saturday.  Knowing Dos Caminos, the libations will be far from ordinary!  Visit www.doscaminos.com for details.

Broward County has no shortage of kitschy Tex-Mex restaurants with their own Cinco de Mayo Celebrations.  Be sure to check out La Bamba, Cielito Lindo, and Tequila Sunrise for celebrations and specials this Saturday