“Cinco de Mayo is one of our biggest events all year,” Co-owner Andy McKoski said of Tin Lizzy’s Cantina. “Everyone comes out to have a good time, whether it is to eat with friends or enjoy some cold drinks in the warm weather.”
Sure, there were festivities all weekend, but this is the day for a true “fiesta!” Don your sombreros and leave the office a little early today. After all, Americans consume more than 81 million pounds of avocados on Cinco de Mayo, according to the California Avocado Commission. For those taco and chip lovers, there are 367 US tortilla manufacturers, according to the US Census. Facts aside, if you didn’t get enough tacos, salsa and tequila this weekend, there are a few specials worth checking out for Monday.
903 Peachtree Street, Atlanta
Their Tacos and Graffiti pop-up debuts today at 5 p.m. with a la carte tacos curated by Chef Jared Lee Pyles. The “soda pig” with mango-apple pico and pork rinds sounds like a salty crunch of adventure to the islands. Meanwhile, Jesse Jaeger will be creating graffiti outside the restaurant.
1551 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta
The annual “tacos and tequila” kicks off today with specially paired tacos and tequila concoctions. Choose one taco for $4, two for $7 or three for $10; tequila drink pairings are $8 each. The slow roasted chicken paired with a siesta margarita will surely wake up your senses from the Monday lull.
Red Pepper Taqueria
Buckhead- 3135 Piedmont Road, Atlanta
Decatur – 2149 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta
Rolling into its third day of “cinco de drinko,” food and drink specials start at 4 p.m. Slip away from work early for a “Mexican Break” shot, and their $2 specialty pork and pineapple salsa tacos.
Tin Lizzy’s Cantina
Drink specials continue today with Camarena Tequila “best house” margaritas, Corona Light drafts and add a shot of Gran Marnier to boost your drink.
The Original El Taco
1186 North Highland Avenue NE, Atlanta
This may be a good crawl for those living in the Highlands, as this neighborhood cantina is easily walkable. Good things come for $12- cold $12 buckets of Dos Equis Amber and Lager bottles and 22-ounce el Jimador tequila house margaritas.
187 10th Street NE, Atlanta
Guacamole dates back to Aztec times, and Zocalo celebrates the green machine of Mexican cuisine. They’re offering flavors you’d never expect, like “Baja guacamole” with kiwi, jicama, strawberry, mango, mint and chile arbol and the “Pacifico guacamole” with grilled beet, roasted walnut, queso fresco, diced orange and citrus-chipotle salt.
-By Alexa Lampasona for the Food & More blog