Friday, May 3, 2013

What’s poppin’ for Cinco De Mayo weekend?

This weekend should be a fun one because particularly Atlanta takes Cinco de Mayo pretty damn seriously! Below are just a few of the many cool events, drink specials, and parties scheduled throughout the weekend. Rain or shine, places like the Brick Store, Zocalos, Wrecking Bar, 5 Seasons Westside, Ray’s on the River, and Red Pepper are embracing the theme through grub and libations, while other events like Parish's wine event called Uncorked, Mayweather fight, Dope at Halo and High Gravity Hip Hop are all about partying with music galore.
Below are the official descriptions, additional info, and menu items you should definitely check out. Be safe out there. Holla!

 Parish goes Uncorked tonight!

Richard Sandoval Restaurants reintroduces Zocalo on May 4, 2013
Midtown Atlanta mainstay to serve upscale Mexican comfort food under founding Chef Lucero Martinez-Obregon
Richard Sandoval, chef-owner of Richard Sandoval Restaurants, a leading international restaurant group with more than 30 locations worldwide, has expanded his culinary reach to Georgia with the addition of Zocalo in Midtown. On Saturday, May 4, Zocalo will debut new food and beverage menus as well as new décor and tableware to guests at the Midtown neighborhood mainstay. Serving authentic, upscale Mexican comfort foods as well as exciting cocktails and margaritas, Zocalo will introduce new flavor combinations that will delight the palate and exceed guests’ expectations. 
Zocalo is located at 187 10th St. NE, Atlanta, Ga., 30309, and can be reached at 404.249.7576. The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight. For more information, please visit

Brick Store’s Tacos and Bell's
Sunday, May 5th 2013
Please join the Brick Store on Saturday May 4th at high noon for some rare Bell's beers and housemade tacos from Chef Rian Tittle. An awesome list of hard-to-find craft beers include 2009 Expedition Stout, 2011 Java Stout, 2012 Hell Hath No Fury, 2013 Oarsman, 2013 Two Hearted, plus a Bottle Vertical Pour of Batch 9,000 and Batch 10,000 (both beers for one price).
On the food tip,  there a taco platter feature: Carnitas, mango glaze with corn and black bean salsa, and Cojita cheese on a hard shell; Adobo Smoked Chicken, and orange chimmichurri on a hard shell served with charro beans and Spanish rice.
Oh, and besides the Cinco De Mayo celebration, there's a concert in Deactaur Square and Leon's Full Service is having A Cinco De Derby Day Party around the corner!

 Ray’s on the River on May 4th
On Saturday, May 4 from 1-4 p.m., Ray’s on the River is hosting a Cinco de Mayo pre-party on the patio with a tequila cocktail class. Participants will learn about different tequilas and how to make tasty, summertime concoctions. Guests can sip on the drinks while indulging on gourmet tacos. For more information, call 770-955-1187.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at BLT Steak Atlanta May 4th and 5th
Get in the spirit this Cinco de Mayo and treat yourself to a 5 Alarm Mexican Burger with all the trimmings! From Saturday, May 4 until Sunday, May 5, you can enjoy a delicious burger made with avocado, jalapeno, and guacamole.  Each burger is served with Yucca fries for $18.
For reservations, please call 404-577-7601 or visit Connect with us on Facebook at or on Twitter @BLTSteakATL.

    Gilbert’s Café & Bar, HOBNOB, and 10th & Piedmont throw down all weekend
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Midtown at Communitas Hospitality restaurants Gilbert’s Café & BarHOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern and 10th & Piedmont. All three restaurants are serving fish tacos with tilapia, cilantro, red onion, lettuce and chipotle mayo all weekend long for $3 each. Complete the celebration with $5 margaritas.
For more information, visit

The Original El Taco all weekend
The Original El Taco in Virginia-Highland celebrates Cinco de Mayo all weekend from open to close with $4 pineapple-infused tequila shots, $12 buckets of Dos Equis, $12 El Jimador margaritas and $7 Dos Equis Lager Drafts in 22 ounce souvenir cups. Cinco-To-Go packages are also available that feed 8-10 hungry people.
Click here for more information. Reservations are not available this weekend, but guests are welcome to call the restaurant at 404-873-4656 30 minutes prior to arriving for a spot on the wait list.

Atkins Park has a special menu all weekend
Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland is serving a special Cinco de Mayo menu for the holiday weekend. Festive dishes include pozole rojo, chiles rellenos, taquitos de pollo and Huachinango a la Veracruzana. Click here for additional menu

Ecco, RA Sushi Bar Restaurant, Hearth Pizza Tavern, Bantam + Biddy, and Seven Lamps do it big
Atlantans simply looking to beat the heat with a cold margarita can hit up Midtown restaurants like Ecco, for a margarita with Herradura Blanco Tequila, lime juice and a squeeze of blood orange juice into a chilled martini glass. RA Sushi Bar Restaurant powers up its “Sensei Ole!” Asian-Tex-Mex-fusion margarita with a blend of super-premium Don Julio 70th Anniversary Tequila, Canton Ginger Liqueur and Cointreau. At Bantam + Biddy, cactus pear juice tempers the tequila in their cactus pear margarita. Buckhead dwellers can visit Seven Lamps for their SousVide margarita mix of Reposado Tequila, lime zest and juice, agave nectar and cayenne in a SousVide for 48 hours. The Going Back to Cali margarita takes a different route, serving jalapeño-infused tequila, Shrub & Co. grapefruit shrub and SweetWater IPA in a sea salt-rimmed glass. Hearth Pizza Tavern in Sandy Springs offers two on-the-rocks versions: a spicy jalapeño margarita with Tanteo Jalapeño Tequila and the St. Rita, a nectar of St. Germain and Tequila Blanco. 

Wrecking Bar serves up a ‘collabeeration’ May 5th
Americans celebrate every nation's drinking holiday, so join us May 5th as we toast the anniversary of the Mexican army's victory in 1862 in the fight for independence from French forces. We will celebrate with beef cheek tacos and pulled roasted chicken tacos topped with charred tomatillo salsa verde and local radishes.
Plus, we'll have margaritas and a keg of Border Patrol - Hot Pursuit: an American strong ale with elements of Russian Imperial, Barleywine, Double IPA, and Strong Belgian that was brewed with chocolate and chillies. This is our collabeeration with Eddie Holley from Ale! Yeah and it has been aging nicely. Salud! 

Red Pepper Taqueria celebrates Cinco de Mayo on Sunday, May 5th
Join Red Pepper Taqueria as they celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Sunday, May 5th with drink specials and live music! Red Pepper Taqueria makes its mark as Atlanta's neighborhood destination for Mexican cuisine. Differing from the average taqueria, Red Pepper uses fresh, local and organic ingredients to create bold dishes bursting with flavor. Hailing from Spain, Executive Chef Mimmo Alboumeh combines over 20 years of culinary experience, heritage and contemporary styles to create innovative menu options, redefining the typical Mexican restaurant experience. Here are a few specials…
·         $3 (24oz) Tecate
·         $3 Red Pepper Margarita
·         $2 El Jimador Blanco shot
The Red Pepper Taqueria is located at 2149 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta, GA 30329.

RA Sushi Bar Restaurant May 5th
RA Sushi Bar Restaurant puts an Asian spin on a Mexican favorite this Cinco de Mayo. The restaurant serves crispy Asian tacos with choices of spicy tuna, spicy salmon, “RA”ckin’ shrimp, crispy white fish and chicken, all wrapped in rice paper shells. For more information, call 404-267-0114.

5 Westside Anniversary Party on May 5th!
On Sunday at 5 Westside, it’s our Anniversary Party and we’ll have a killer taco menu. All for just $5. And of course we’ll have half-priced draft beers as well. And since Sunday is the 5th, we’ll be pulling a keg of Black Beauty from our cellar that is now a year and a half old. 

Ale adds: And what is Black Beauty you say? Here is the description coming straight from the horse’s mouth. (I couldn’t resist.) On the real, Brewmaster Crawford Moran says…
“Black Beauty is a big Belgian Dubbel - but brewed with rye. It is velvety smooth, chocolatey, has undertones of toffee and rum, and finishes with a dry, spiciness from the rye. The yeast comes directly from an old Trappist monastery in Belgium and imparts a wonderfully complex character to the beer.
I made Chef Dave make me our own traditional dark Belgian candi sugar to add to the complexity. This beer was inspired by the music of Miles Davis. I actually placed speakers right by the fermentation tank and "serenaded" the yeast with Miles' music while it fermented the beer. Outta sight, man!”
(Special thanks to my man Billy S.)

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