Hearty partiers, you’re in luck: this year Cinco de Mayo falls on a Saturday, which means local Latin restaurateurs are pulling out all the stops for the annual tequila-fueled bash, not to mention that no one has to get up sober and go to work the next day.
So here are a quartet of eateries (and one downtown blowout) where you can celebrate El Dia de la Batalla de Puebla.
Cha Cha’s (150 Worth Ave., Palm Beach, 561/833-8800). Party in style at this stylish pan-Latin eatery, where $8 gets you endless sangria and happy hour pricing means $3 munchies and $5 drinks from 11 to 1 a.m. And if horses are more your thing than tequila, they’ll be showing the Kentucky Derby on TV, with $5 mint juleps so you can drown your sorrows when the nag you picked comes in dead last.
Rocco’s Tacos (5250 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, 561/416-2131; 224 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 561/650-1001; 5090 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/429-4758). If there’s a party anywhere in South Florida, Rocco Mangel is likely at the bottom of it. All three local Rocco’s (plus the Rocco’s on Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale) will have its own unique celebration but you can count on live music, food and drink specials, and the restaurant’s first annual mustache contest. Just post a photo of your ‘stache on Rocco’s Facebook page and show up at the party to win up to $500 cash and $500 in restaurant gift certificates.
Uncle Julio’s (449 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561/300-3530). How can you go wrong with Patron and Herradura “tequila girls”? They’ll be at this lively Mizner Park eatery, along with Latin dancers and a DJ and three outdoor bars. Festivities start at 4 p.m. and continue until 2 in the morning.
Rosalita’s (5949 S. Congress Ave., Atlantis, 561/964-5747). This hugely popular Tex-Mex is going full blast, with live music by Ryan and the Rockers, mechanical bullrides, face painting and a magician, plenty of food and drink specials, and even a raffle to award a flat-screen TV. Oh, and Jennifer, Deena and Joe of the WRMP morning show will be broadcasting live from 5 to 8 p.m.
And in Old School Square in Delray Beach, the 14th annual Cinco de Mayo celebration runs from 2 to 10 p.m. Music, games, dancing, a Chihuahua race and, of course, lots of food will be on tap. Admission is $10 for adults, free for kids age 10 and under.