GOOD TIMES FLOW AT ATLANTA CINCO DE MAYO FESTIVITIES
Forget the Sunday Siesta and Head to the Nearest Fiesta
ATLANTA (April 24, 2019) – In the scheme of Mexican history, the army’s defeat of the French Empire may have been relegated to minor holiday status, but in Atlanta, it’s a good enough cause to roll out the tortillas and let the margaritas flow like water. With a wide variety of food and drink specials on tap, Atlanta’s best restaurants will be working hard to make your day muy especial.
Barbecue lovers can get an early start on their Cinco de Mayo celebrations at 4 Rivers Smokehouse. The family-owned, community-focused barbecue restaurant serves up Mexican-style favorites like BBQ street tacos with tender smoked brisket and BBQ quesadillas featuring 4R signature sauce. The restaurant is closed on Sundays. 844-474-8377; 4rsmokehouse.com.
Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland is keeping it authentic with some tasty Mexican-influenced specials such as chicken enchiladas verdes ($12) and carne asada fajitas ($14). To wash it down, guests can sip on the Atkins Park paloma (Espolon Blanco, grapefruit juice, soda water and lime - $8) and the spicy cucumber margarita (Espolon Reposado, Svedka Cucumber Lime, triple sec, lemon and lime juice, agave nectar and fresh jalapeño slices - $9). 404-876-7249; atkinspark.com.
Babalu® celebrates Cinco de Mayo all weekend long, May 3-5, with five flavors of mojitos for just $5 each. Choose among classic, pineapple, passion fruit, blackberry or strawberry and pair it with some of the Midtown restaurant’s shareable small plates, tacos and more. 404-900-9595; eatatbabalu.com.
Chido & Padre’s team is adding a few bars to accommodate the Cinco de Mayo crowd in Buckhead. They do believe the fresh air on the patio will make the margaritas go down in the most delightful way. 404-848-9100. chidoandpadres.com.
Shy away from the Cinco de Mayo chaos and opt for a non-traditional celebration at Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar. The beloved East Cobb seafood restaurant from chef/owner Doug Turbush dishes out crispy fish tacos for lunch featuring chipotle honey lime aioli, slaw, avocado, pico and queso cotija and chips, fries or a side salad for $14. 770-635-7641; driftoysterbar.com.
The fiesta starts at 5 p.m. at all HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern locations. Guests will be treated to $3 tacos, $5 margaritas and live music just right for kicking up your heels. Midtown: 404-968-2288. Brookhaven: 404-464-8971. Dunwoody: 470-395-7904. hobnobatlanta.com.
When it comes to Cinco de Mayo, the team at Loyal Tavern doesn’t horse around. Or maybe they do this year to celebrate both the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo. Starting April 29, diners can stop in to enter the drawing to guess the winning horse and win a restaurant gift card. They’re encouraged to dress up in their finest derby wear to enjoy the May 4 horse hoopla. Drink specials include the Herradura Reposada margarita ($7), mint julep with Old Forester ($7) and 22-ounce, Dos XX lager draft ($5.25). 678-921-0456. loyaltavern.com.
If the thought of a margarita in Marietta is appealing, Street Taco is just the place. The fiestivities kick off Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5 with Cinco margaritas ($5) and canned Estrella Jalisco beer ($3). 678-823-8700. streettacoatl.com
The margarita’s the thing at all 12 Tin Lizzy’s Cantina locations on May 4 and 5. Guests are sure to savor every sip of their Camarena tequila margarita ($5). Although it’s hard to top a good thing, staff invites guests to do just that by adding a floater of Grand Marnier or tequila for $3. tinlizzyscantina.com