Martina Shaw

Cinco de Mayo + Saturday Go Together Like Margaritas + Salt

Martina Shaw
Cinco de Mayo + Saturday Go Together Like Margaritas + Salt

Doubleheader! Cinco de Mayo falls on a Saturday this year, and Atlanta restaurants worth their lime are already cranking into cantina mode to get the word out about ways to celebrate. Peek out from your sombrero and be on the lookout for these parties, drink specials and patio dining finds. Question of the day, will that margarita be frozen or on the rocks?

Hungry shoppers looking to celebrate can make their way to ATL Taco in Lenox Square on May 5. The hip taco joint from Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere is serving up $1 Coronitas and $3 house tequila shots and will even have a prize wheel where guests could win free queso for a year! Fine print: one queso per week, 52 total. 

In Midtown, Babalu Tapas & Tacos celebrates "Cinco de Mojito" with $5 mojitos all weekend long. Sip your pick of five unique flavors including classic, blackberry, strawberry, passion fruit and jalapeño. 

Experience a Cinco de Mayo Mexican vacation without leaving Buckhead by spending the holiday on the patio at Chido + Padre's. Southern Proper Hospitality’s newest restaurant reverberates with the Baja Peninsula’s vivacious spirit through authentic, Baja-style coastal cuisine, mesquite-grilled specialties and The Bandida Bar, focusing on tequilas, mezcal varietals and cocktails handcrafted using fresh-squeezed juices. Ice-cold Mexican, domestic and craft beers are Cinco de Mayo ready. Come for brunch, lunch, dinner and mucho fiesta!

Cinco de Mayo celebrants in Buckhead and Midtown can salsa into either gusto! location to Cinco the day away enjoying live music and drink specials of $2 off wine, beer and cider. Granted, gusto! is not a Mexican eatery, but they know how to have fun. Tex-Mex leanings are evident in the popular chipotle mango avocado “gusto!” that adds smoky chipotle cream sauce, black bean and corn salad, fresh jack cheese and cilantro lime dressing to avocado, mango and either grilled or spicy chicken, grilled shrimp or grilled portabella to your choice of brown rice or mixed greens bowl or flatbread wrap. By the way, gusto! now carries Jack’s Hard Cider in peach.

Add some sweets to your celebration this Cinco de Mayo. Henri's Bakery & Café will have festive cookies and cupcakes available for purchase at all locations. 

Both the Midtown and Brookhaven locations of HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern will open Cinco de Mayo serving their regular weekend brunch menu (including $17 bottomless mimosas) from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. As dinnertime rolls around, special $3 pricing on tacos, tequila shots and beer adds to the mix plus live music at both locations caps the day with “olé.”

At Marlow’s Tavern, house-made sour mix backs 11 Herradura Reposado tequila, BroVo Boomerang liqueur and cucumber in the Cucumber ‘Rita. Make it a Cinco-de Marlow-rita day and throw in a Shrimp & Crab “Nacho” Plate and those “Infamous” Fish Tacos. Get in the mood for Cinco de Mayo margaritas watching a Marlow’s Tavern mixologist shake up Marlow’s house margarita in this Facebook video.

Tin Lizzy’s Cantina celebrates “Drinko de Mayo” by offering special drink prices all week long through Sunday, May 6: Corona Light and Modelo Especial drafts ($4.25 and $7), Grand Marnier floaters ($3), 1800 Silver tequila, Jägermeister and Grand Marnier shots ($5) and 1800 Cinco-Ritas ($8 small or $13 large). The week culminates with the addition of DJs, live music and parties at all locations on Cinco Saturday. Locations with outdoor bars will offer cans of Corona and Modelo for $5 on Saturday. There’s plenty of room, so bring all your compadres to the big outdoor fiestas spilling from Buckhead, Downtown, Grant Park, Mall of Georgia, Perimeter and Columbia, South Carolina, cantinas on May 5. You’re partying for a cause because a portion of the proceeds from every Atlanta-area Cinco-Rita sold on Cinco de Mayo supports Bert’s Big Adventure. If you’re throwing a Cinco de Mayo fiesta at your casa, contact Tin Lizzy’s catering for fresh, tasty FlexMex cuisine.