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May 01, 2017

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with these food & drink specials

The holiday falls on a Friday this year

Food & Drink Cinco de Mayo
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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at The Cambridge.

Cinco de Mayo 2017 falls on a Friday, meaning there's really no excuse not to celebrate this year. 

Take those tequila shots. Eat too many tacos. You probably weren't going to be productive Saturday morning anyway.

FOR DESSERT: Salted caramel budino-stuffed choco tacos to be available at Barbuzzo

Plus, restaurants and bars throughout Philly are throwing can't-miss parties on May 5. Find deals on tacos, margaritas, nachos and Mexican beers in this Cinco de Mayo guide.

The Schmidt's Commons

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Tacos at The Schmidt's Commons.

Update: Due to rain, the free Cinco de Mayo block party and salsa dancing at The Schmidt's Commons is postponed until Sunday, May 7, from 1-6 p.m.

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The Schmidt's Commons will host a Cinco de Mayo celebration from 5-10 p.m. on Friday, May 5. At the fiesta, there will be music, cold beer, dancing and a pinata.

At 5 p.m., traditional Mexican dancers Ballet Folklórico Yaretzi will perform, followed by live music.

"The lively [musical] performance will range from romantic Puerto Rican Boleros to energetic Mexican Mariachi music to feisty Cuban Sones to sensuous Colombian Cumbias to contagious Dominican Merengues -- and everything in between," according to a press release. 

Then, at 7 p.m., there will be free salsa lessons before a salsa dance party under the stars.

While enjoying the live entertainment, attendees can enjoy Mexican fare from restaurants and food trucks.

Revolution Taco will debut its new food truck and serve a full menu of tacos, burritos and chips with salsa.

El Camino Real will serve pulled pork sliders and spicy chorizo fajita sandwiches. Drinks at the restaurant will include $5 margaritas and $3 Tecate beer.

At Gunners Run, there will be Mexican street corn, shrimp with rice or beans and fried plantains. To drink, there will be Flying Dog Numero Uno beer for $4, Painkiller cocktails made inside fresh coconuts for $4 and margarita and mojito pitchers for $25.  

Cinco de Mayo at The Schmidt’s Commons is free and open to the public.

Friday, May 5
5-10 p.m. | Free to attend; Pay-as-you-go
1001 N. Second St.

El Rey

Center City restaurant El Rey will host a Cinco de Mayo block party for the third year. On Friday, May 5, the 2000-2100 block of Ranstead Street will be closed to celebrate the holiday.

From 1-4 p.m., the event will be family-friendly, with a mariachi band performing from 2-6 p.m. Afterward, there will be DJ entertainment.

Mexican street fare, including tacos, quesadillas, corn on the cob and churros will be available for purchase, alongside select beers, margaritas and Mexican sodas. 

Friday, May 5
1-11 p.m. | Free to attend; Pay-as-you-go
2000 Ranstead St.

The Cambridge

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Sip on watermelon-mint margaritas at The Cambridge.

There will be a special deal on watermelon-mint and charred pineapple Thai chili margaritas on Friday, May 5. The drinks will be priced at $8 each.

To eat, there will be Cinco de Mayo food specials. Try the ranchero chicken tacos with pico de gallo and lime crema for $9, the poblano tostada with refried beans and queso fresco for $6 or the queso fundido with chipotle, chorizo and corn dip for $8.

Friday, May 5
1508 South St.


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Chicken tacos at Lolita at 106 S. 13th St.

Lolita will open at noon and offer a special happy hour on Cinco de Mayo. Happy hour will take place from 3-4:30 p.m. with specials, including $6 blood orange margaritas, $10 nachos and 3 for $10 tacos.

There will also be a late-night special. From 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., grab a "Mexico City Wide" for $8.

The Mexico City Wide will include a can of Tecate beer, one shot of tequila (Lolita’s choice of tequila) and a carnitas taco.

Friday, May 5
106 S. 13th St.

The Little Lion

Sip on $6 margaritas from open to close at The Little Lion in Old City. There will be four flavors to choose from: classic, watermelon, strawberry and blueberry.

To eat, there will be a special Cinco Stuffed Chorizo Burger featuring spicy pork chorizo stuffed with cheddar cheese. On the burger will be lettuce, tomato and a fried egg. The meal is $10 with chips and salsa on the side.

Friday, May 5
243 Chestnut St.

Taproom on 19th

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Taproom on 19th will be serving tequila infused with strawberries.

Taproom on 19th is partnering with South Philly Barbacoa and El Compadre to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

All day long, Taproom will be serving two varieties of tortas for $7. One will be a traditional torta and one will be South Philly style, using the same torta buns sold in the traditional Mexican sandwich shop El Compadre. 

Taproom will also be offering a chorizo burger for $15 and salsa verde nachos for $8. All of the margaritas will be $5 each.

Friday, May 5
1900 Ritner St.

Nick’s Bar and Grille

At this Cinco de Mayo celebration there will be giveaways from the Modelo beer girls, plus food and drink specials.

Pacifico drafts will be $5, Modelo buckets will be $12, margaritas will be $5 and Corona and Corona Light bottles will be $4.

Chicken or beef tacos will be $2, chips and salsa will be $4 and a special fajita chicken empanada will be $8.

Friday, May 5
16 S. Second St.

Mission Taqueria 

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The bar at Mission Taqueria.

Mission Taqueria will be partying from 11:30 a.m. to midnight on Friday, May 5. The restaurant will feature a Mexican tap takeover. Drafts of Corona, Beerito (the Oskar Blues American-Mexican lager), Pacifico, Modelo Especial and Sierra Nevada Otra Vez will be $5 each.

Friday, May 5
1516 Sansom St., second floor

Bahama Breeze

Update: Due to weather, the party will be moved to the enclosed deck. There will be no cover charge.

Bahama Breeze by the King of Prussia Mall will host a Cinco de Mayo celebration. There will be live music, games and drink specials at the holiday party.

To drink, classic margaritas will be $5 and bottled beer will be $3. Food specials include 2 for $5 tacos and 2 for $5 empanadas.

Friday, May 5
320 Goddard Blvd., King of Prussia, PA