¡Cinco de Mayo!

The 5th of May is a minor cause for celebration in Mexico, but it has evolved into a major celebration of Mexican culture here in the U.S. It’s on a Sunday this year – not a workday for most folks… so let’s get partying!

Know any good places with great Mexican food, drink and atmosphere? Let me know and I’ll add ’em. Email kathy@gardenermedia.com.P

Publico Kitchen + Tap

2013 Greene Street | Five Points

Sun-Thur: 11am-10pm (11pm bar)
Fri-Sat: 11am-11pm (1am bar)

A taco is a taco unless it’s a taco from Publico Kitchen + Tap! Choose from this ultra-creative taco menu:

CLASSIC conft picadillo (ground beef seasoned w/ paprika, cumin, cayenne, garlic, cholula) – jack cheese – lettuce – pico de gallo – cilantro crema 3.99 Red Habanero | pair with amber or pale ale

SPICY GROUPER flash fried/cholula marinated grouper – creamy habanero slaw – tomatillo pico – sambal aioli 4.99 Caribbean Lime | pair with white ale or wheat

SWEET BELLY PORK thick cut pork belly seared, roasted and rendered – sweet potato puree – house cilantro-onion relish – cotija cheese – salsa verde 4.99 Garlic Serrano | pair with dry cider or pale ale

FLASH BANG SHRIMP lfash fried shrimp – sriracha aioli – pickled carrots + daikon – kimchi – green onions 4.99 GS | pair with lager or sour beer

CARNE CHIMICHURRI spice rubbed grilled sirloin – sautéed mushrooms – cilantro-onion relish – iceberg lettuce – chimichurri 4.99 Caribbean Lime | pair with brown or helles bock

BBQ CHICKEN pulled bbq chicken – refried black bean puree – house queso – pickled red onions 4.49 Red Habanero | blonde or pale ale

AGEDASHI TOFU marinated + fash fried tofu – napa cabbage peanut slaw – pickled red onion – spicy peanut sauce 3.99 Coconut Ghost Chile | white ale

SWEET CHIRMOLERO sweet potato puree – sautéed cremini mushrooms – black bean corn relish – cotija cheese – chirmol 4.49 Garlic Serrano | pair with dry cider or pale ale

CHAPULINES fash fried grasshopper – guacamole – pico – cotija – spicy chile sauce 4.99 Caribbean Lime | pair with lager or white ale

CARNITAS overnight braised/spice rubbed pork – sliced + pickled jalapenos – house pico de gallo – house guacamole – crema 4.49 Garlic Serrano | west coast IPA (accentuate heat) or lager (decrease heat)

Relax outside in the Publico Patio!

On Sundays, Publico also offers an incredible brunch menu from 10:30am – 3pm and offer goodies like Huevos Rancheros, Plantain Pancakes, and Jalapeno Corn Biscuit – and if the weather’s good, dine outdoors on the newly opened patio area. We can say from first-hand experience that Publico provides one of the most unique and flavorful brunches in the Soda City.

Check out their website here.

Tacos, Tequila, + Tokyo Joe

1402 Jim Hamilton Blvd. | 2 PM – 6 PM

Tacos, margaritas, and Columbia’s beloved Tokyo Joe? Um…YES. Don’t miss out on this Cinco de Mayo celebration at the Hunter Gatherer Hangar. All it takes is a $20 donation to enter, which benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for Zeke Riddle’s Man of the Year Campaign.

More details here.

Cinco De Mayo Block Party

1022 Senate Street | 12 PM – 1 AM

Out on Senate Street, Tin Roof is hosting a FREE Block Party! Margaritas, Tacos, and three different DJs!

Drinks specials go up $1 every hour until 4 PM, so get there early for the best deals! Tacos, on the other hand, do not change price, sticking at an extremely affordable $3.

More details here.

Cantina 76

1301 Main Street | 11:00 AM – 9:30 PM

Head down to Main Street for Cantina’s Cinco Celebration! The event features all day drink specials on beer, margaritas, and tequila. Sit inside or out, and enjoy live music from 3 different artists!

Music runs from 12:30 Pm – 8:30, but the restaurant is open until 9:30, so you’ll even have time for a night cap (or sombrero).

Even better is that every $10 you spent gives you a chance to win special items and gift cards. Winners announced at 6:00 PM, so make sure you’re in it for the long haul, ’cause you gotta be there to win!

More info here.

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