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Have a Cinco de Mayo Even the French Would Consider Tipping Their Hats To

Pastor tacos at Urban Taco. (Photo by Kevin Marple)

Around here, we love us a little Cinco de Mayo. The mariachis, the tequilla, the queso—it’s enough to make a grown woman forget that the holiday has actual historical underpinnings. So, let’s pause for a brief history lesson.

The Battle of Cinco de Mayo is actually your typical David & Goliath story: diminutive Mexican army slays formidable French one in the Battle of Puebla—1862-style. Sure the Mexican government owed Napoleon some money, but why not settle it like gentlemen and charge some interest? No need to kick in the door and try to take over the joint.

Now, if we know anything about Napoleon, it’s that he was a small man who liked big conquests (underendowed men buying big cars isn’t called a Napoleon Complex for nothing). Napoleon had his general on the ground try to set up a puppet government (which makes it sound almost jolly, no?). Needless to say, the Mexicans didn’t really cotton to the idea. What started on the coast traveled inland to the hillside fort at Puebla. Flash forward to bayonettes, itchy hairshirts, and a poorly planned attack, started too late in the day (who, except Clint Eastwood, starts a battle at high noon?), and hindered by afternoon rains and slippery hillsides. The plucky Mexican’s held their ground; the French retreated.

Caveat: I’m sure I’ve mangled some part of my history on this, and I’ve certainly insulted both nationalities by some unintended slight, but you get the point. So, now that you’re clued in on what you’re drinking to next week, let’s look at the bars that are ready to help you do exactly that. jump for the Cinco de Mayo specials… JOIN URBAN TACO’S FUN-FILLED FIESTA IN CELEBRATION OF CINCO DE MAYO Enjoy Five Drinks Priced at $5 Thursday through Saturday Festivities Conclude on Saturday with: Live Music, $2 Tacos and Complimentary Mojitos Urban Taco Uptown is the place to be this Cinco de Mayo! The restaurant will celebrate Mexican heritage over three days starting Thursday, May 5 through Saturday, May 7 with five of Urban Taco’s delicious drinks for only $5 each: Sangria, Bloody Maria, Limonada Corrupta, Tequila Slammer and Silver Azul Blanco Tequila shots. The festivities conclude on Saturday, May 7 from 11 a.m. to close with a fun-filled Cinco de Mayo Fiesta that includes: Complimentary tastings of DonQ Rum mojitos: coconut, berry and mint flavors $2 taco stand: chicken and steak $5 drink specials: Limonda Corrupta, Bloody Maria, Sangria, Tequila Slammer, and Silver Azul Blanco Tequila shots $3 select imported beers Mexican wrestling show Live music and mariachi band

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La Calle Doce Celebrates Cinco de Mayo with $5 Specials All Day Long La Calle Doce will host a Cinco de Mayo party at both Oak Cliff and Lakewood locations. Guests can enjoy happy hour prices all day long including: $3 margaritas, $3 draft beers and $5 El Jimador Tequila shots. La Calle Doce will be offering $5 menu items throughout the day in honor of this Mexican holiday including shrimp cocktail, cheese enchilada dinner and a half order of nachos especiales. Salsa your way to La Calle Doce for the best Cinco de Mayo party north of the Rio Grande! La Calle Doce Oak Cliff Location 415 W. 12th Street Dallas, Texas 75208 La Calle Doce Lakewood Location 1925 Skillman Dallas, Texas 75206 When: May 5, 2011 11 am – 10 pm $3 Margs $3 Draft Beer $5 El Jimador Tequila Shots $5 Select menu items

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El Ranchito It’s Fiesta Time! El Ranchito Celebrates Cinco de Mayo Shake your maracas at El Ranchito this Cinco de Mayo where guests can enjoy happy hour specials all day long including $5 El Jimador Tequila shots, house margaritas- regular $3.50 or large $4.50, draft beer- regular $2 or large $3, domestic bottles for $2.50 and imports for $3.50. Enjoy mariachi music beginning at 7:30 p.m. while devouring $5 specials like choriqueso, cheese enchilada dinner, or a half order of nachos de fajita. Don your favorite sombrero and head to El Ranchito this Cinco de Mayo! El Ranchito 610 W. Jefferson Blvd. Dallas, Texas 75208
May 5, 2011 11 am – 10 pm $3.50 & $4.50 House margaritas $2 & $3 draft beer $2.50 domestic beer $3.50 domestic beer

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Brackets
Brackets Celebrates Cinco de Mayo
Join the fiesta at Brackets as they celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Enjoy live music from a DJ while tasting these unbeatable specials: $2 Dos XX, Coronas, margaritas, tequila shots, street tacos, Mexican pizzas and nachos. Start the weekend off early with this unforgettable Cinco de Mayo bash.

Brackets Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
Thursday, May 5, 2011
7 p.m. – 2 a.m.
$2 Selected Cinco de Mayo specials