DFW Area Bars and Restaurants Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

Celebrate With Food, Beverages and Live Music

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Cinco de Mayo, Spanish for "the fifth of May," celebrates the defeat of the French at the Battle of Puebla, which took place on May 5, 1862. Celebrating Cinco de Mayo has become increasingly popular in the DFW area. Many celebrate the day with dancing, music, food and beverages. Many restaurants and bars offer food or drink specials and live music. In Texas, it's just a great excuse for a fiesta!

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    ••• Courtesy of Desperado's

    Cinco de Mayo is always a fun day full of surprises at Desperado's. They are currently coming up with the drink specials but details aren't available yet.

    Where: Desperado’s Mexican Restaurant Numero Uno: 4818 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75206. 214-363-1850

    Desperado’s Mexican Restaurant Numero Dos: 3443 W. Campbell Rd., Garland, TX 75044. 972-530-8886

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    Blue Goose Cantina

    The fiesta at Blue Goose Cantina kicks it off with $3 Bloody Marys, $5 el Jimador top shelf margaritas, $4 house margaritas, $2 Dos Equis. The Plano location is featuring a live band from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Other locations feature the same specials but not the band.
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    El Ranhcito
    ••• Angela Patterson

    Shake your maracas at El Ranchito this Cinco de Mayo where guests can enjoy $5 margaritas and #5 beef enchilada, chicken enchilada and beans at El Ranchito for only $5. Mariachis too.

    What: Cinco de Mayo Party

    When: May 5, 2012.

    Where: El Ranchito, 610 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas, Texas 75208. 214-946-4138

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    La Calle Doce
    ••• Courtesy of La Calle Doce

    Come to La Calle Doce this Cinco de Mayo and enjoy $5 margaritas as well as the #5 sour cream enchiladas at La Calle Doce.

    When: May 5, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

    Where: La Calle Doce, Oak Cliff Location: 415 W. 12th Street, Dallas, Texas 75208. 214-941-4304. La Calle Doce, Lakewood Location: 1925 Skillman, Dallas, Texas 75206. 214-824-9900

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    What: Celebrate with live entertainment featuring mexican, tejano and english music plus DJ spinning til closing.

    When: Saturday, May 5, 2012 from at 5 p.m. to close.

    Where: Los Molcajetes, 4320 Western Center Boulevard, Fort Worth, TX 76137. 817-306-9000

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    ••• Angela Patterson

    Party with your amigos at Mattito's. Sign up for the Bob Armstrong (Queso) eating contest, bull riding and DJ starting at 5 p.m. for more Cinco de Mayo fun.

    Where: 3011 Routh Street, Dallas, TX. 214-526-8181
    6129 Main Street, Frisco, TX. 214-872-3411
    7778 Forest Lane, Dallas, TX. 214-337-9576

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    On The Border

    On The Border is making Cinco de Mayo last for an entire month in 2012. Visit their website and join in the fun with the 30 Days of Cinco! Flip the tile and see what you win. I received a free kid's meal when I flipped a tile today. You can win too. Convenient locations throughout DFW.
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    Urban Taco Uptown
    ••• Courtesy of Jackson & Flagg Public Relations
    Urban Taco Uptown is the place to be this Cinco de Mayo! The restaurant will celebrate Mexican heritage on Saturday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to close with five of Urban Taco’s tasty drinks for only $5 each. Come see why Urban Taco’s patio is the perfect place to enjoy the Uptown scene this Cinco de Mayo!

    Festivities include:

  • $5 drink specials: Limonda Corrupta, Bloody Maria, Sangria, Tequila Slammer, and Gran Centenario Azul Silver Tequila shots
  • $3 Dos Equis Lager draft beer
  • $2 taco stand: chicken and steak
  • New menu items including: Red Snapper a la Talla a guajillo & chipotle rubbed snapper cooked over an open flame and Tacos de Chicharron, crispy pork rinds simmered in tomatillo serrano salsa served with pickled red onions, cilantro and queso fresco
  • Live music and mariachi band

    Where: Urban Taco Uptown, 3411 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, TX 75204. 214-922-7080.

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    You might not always think about Ruth's Chris Steak House when you're making plans to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. But why not? In 2012, Ruth's Chris is offering two reasons to celebrate the 5th of May: Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby! Ruth's Chris Steak House is highlighting their La Paloma and the Derby Peach Tea. Cheers to that!

    Ruth's Chris Steak House North Dallas, 17840 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, TX 75287. 972-250-2244.
    Ruth's Chris Steak House Fort Worth, 813 Main Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102. 817-348-0080.

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    Best Tacos in Dallas
    ••• Angela Patterson

    There are thousands of different tacos in DFW. Here are some of my personal favorites. Your list may vary but this is a good starting point. Some disagreed with my list but there's one thing to remember: I'm not a fan of menudo, tripe or barbacoa. That's just how I roll.

    Sample a few tacos on Cinco de Mayo. You'll be glad you did.