Cinco de Mayo guide: Best cocktails to order and fiestas to attend

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Here's a roundup of some of South Florida's best Cinco parties across three counties. Click through the photos above to see some of the cocktails these establishments will offer on Sunday, May 5.

Cantina Laredo at Gulfstream Park will hold a "Most Interesting Man in the World" look-alike contest during its 2-9 p.m. fiesta. Tacos will cost $2 and guacamole $3, and the contest winner will receive a $100 gift card to the restaurant. 501 Silks Run, Hallandale Beach; 954-457-7662, CantinaLaredo.com.

 Taco Beach Shack will serve a barbecue platter for $14.95, margaritas for $5 and Coronas for $3.50. Aside from the giveaways awarded to taco-eating contest winners, attendees can take home freebies courtesy of the Corona girls who will roam the party. Open from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. at 334 Arizona St., Hollywood Beach. 954-920-6523 or TacoBeachShack.com.

Tequila Sunrise’s Oakland Park block party will go on as expected, lasting from 11:30 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. that Sunday. The fest will also feature a mariachi band and freebies for guests, as well as outdoor bars and shot girls, and there is no cover to attend. 4711 N. Dixie Highway, Fort Lauderdale. 954-938-4473 or TequilaSunrise.us.


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Casa Maya Grill (301 SE 15th Ter., Deerfield Beach, 954-570-6101, CasaMayaGrill.com) will offer an abbreviated eight-item menu all day long. Roast pig is definitely on the menu. Live music will be featured in the parking lot. Last year, some 1,000 people partied at Emilio Dominguez’ restaurant.

Casa Frida (5441 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-530-3668) marks Cinco de Mayo by cooking up more of the authentic Mexican fare that’s quickly put it on the map. Expect banana leaf-wrapped mixiotes filled with lamb, beef and chiles en nogada — roasted poblano peppers stuffed with ground beef, almonds, raisins and apples. They’re served with creamy walnut sauce garnished with pomegranate arils.

El Paso and El Paso II (8130 Wiles road, Coral Springs, 954- 255-2276 and 1800 N. Federal Highway, Hollywood, 954-923-0065) will be serving up his wonderfully inexpensive Tex-Mex menu. They’ll also have two-for-one beer and free nachos with the purchase of an entrée.

Rocco’s Tacos locations will hold Cinco de Drinko parties starting at noon. Drink specials include $4 Corona and $8 Herradura margaritas. One of the prizes to be raffled on Sunday is a Mexican cruise for two. For locations, visit RoccosTacos.com.

Bar Louie locations will sell 14-ounce Dos Equis beers for $3, and house margaritas for $5. Free chips and salsa will be provided to bar guests. For location info, visit BarLouieAmerica.com.

Uncle Julio’s Fine Mexican Food in Mizner Park will serve Sunday brunch starting at 10 a.m. May 5. Entertainment for children will go on until 2 p.m., when DJ Fono will spin dance tunes till 11 p.m. Uncle Julio’s is located at 449 Plaza Real, Mizner Park, Boca Raton. 561-300-3530 or UncleJulios.com.

Toro Toro Restaurant & Bar (100 Chopin Plaza at InterContinental Miami, 305-372-4710, ToroToroMiami.com) is what happens when you cross a American steakhouse with pan-Latin flavors. Friday 5/3 through Sunday 5/5, there are $2 during 4-7 p.m. happy hour and $6 margaritas. Chef Richard Sandoval has also created a $39 person three-course prix-fixe.