Cinco de Mayo, which falls on a Sunday this year, is a Mexican celebration that recognizes Mexico’s win over France during the Battle of Puebla, which happened on May 5, 1862. While the holiday primarily takes off in Puebla in Mexico, it has gained a significant amount of traction in the United States as well. As a result, many restaurants offer deals and freebies to attract more patrons, and some even host parties and giveaways. Here is a look at some of the most exciting Cinco de Mayo restaurant specials for 2019.
If you can’t get enough of Applebee’s Dollarita promotion, you’ll be happy to know that the chain extended the deal to cover Cinco de Mayo. Plus, you can get $2 Dos Equis from May 1 through May 5.
On May 5, take advantage of the margarita and beer specials at Abuelo’s. For $5, you can get a Grande Mexican draft beer. Plus, some locations are offering a special Flag Margarita – which is green, white, and red – for just $6.95 as part of the fiesta.
During the weeklong “Fiesta Like There’s No Mañana” celebration, which also includes Cinco de Mayo, you can get a classic margarita for just $5. If you would rather take advantage of the create-your-own rum and tequila flights, that will cost you $10.
Just be aware that, if you head to an Ohio or Virginia location, the specials are only available until 9:00 pm. Everywhere else, you can usually score these deals until close.
Many Bar Louie locations are hosting “Cabo de Mayo” parties filled with food and drink specials. In some locations, you can get a $5 Cinco Rita or two tacos for just five bucks. You may also find drink deals on Sammy Hagar’s Santo Mequila, a mix of tequila and mezcal.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
If you want to keep things simple on Cinco de Mayo and don’t mind dining in the bar or lounge area, make a trip your nearest Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Most locations are offering $4 Corona Extras and $1 tacos on May 5.
California Pizza Kitchen
Throughout all of May 5, California Pizza Kitchen’s that serve the Fresh Agave Lime margaritas are making the drink available for only $5.
Chevys Fresh Mex
On Cinco de Mayo, you can enjoy brunch at Chevys Fresh Mex from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, including bottomless mimosas. If you would rather eat later, many locations will have deals on beer, margaritas, and shots.
On May 5, Chili’s is offering $5 draft beets, Tequila Trifecta Ritas, and Presidente Margaritas to patrons who decide to dine at the chain.
Head on over to El Torito between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm on May 5 and you can order the brunch special, which does come with bottomless champagne. There will also be $5 margaritas, micheladas, and bloody marys.
After 2:00 pm, there will be other drink specials too. Plus, you can score tacos for just $2.50.
If you want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a pizza, you can get a large one-topping pizza at Hungry Howie’s for just $5.55. The deal actually runs from May 1 to May 5, so you don’t have to wait for Cinco de Mayo to take advantage of the special.
Joe’s Crab Shack
Joe’s Crab Shack is selling buckets of Modelo Especial for just $20 on May 5. Plus, there will be tacos on the menu.
Margaritas Mexican Restaurant
While the deals will vary from one location to the next, you can head over to the chain on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday for music, ten parties, raffles, drink specials, and all-you-can-eat specials. If you want additional details, look up your nearest Margaritas Mexican Restaurant to read more about its event.
Moe’s Southwest Grill
Select Moe’s Southwest Grill locations will be serving up $5 burritos all day on May 5. Plus, if you’re one of the first customers of the day on Cinco de Mayo, you might score a free t-shirt too.
Monterey’s Little Mexico
From May 1 through May 7, participating locations are selling all-you-can-eat enchiladas for $9.99.
On The Border
On The Border locations will have drink specials on Cinco de Mayo, and many will have live music. You can get a $5 Cinco ‘Rita or tequila shots for as little as $3.
From May 4 through May 6, you can get $3 margaritas, $9.99 dozen flauta boxes, and $4 frozen vodka raspberry lemonades at Taco Cabana. Other specials may be available too, though they could vary by location.
On Cinco de Mayo, you can get a Fridays ‘Rita, shot of Patron, or 23-ounce draft Dos Equis for $5 each.
Starting on Friday, May 3, and running through Sunday, May 5, Tijuana Flats has a $5 deal. You can get two tacos, two beers, or one taco and one beer for just $5. Plus, many locations will have music, prizes, and games for patrons decide to dine in.
If you don’t mind dining in, you can get $5 bowls, burritos, and salads on May 5 at Überrito.
In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Yard House is selling house margaritas, pomegranate margaritas, and salted watermelon margaritas for just $5 each.
Are you heading to a restaurant to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year? Share your plans in the comments below.
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