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6 Spots to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Boston

By Scott Kearnan
May 1, 2014

Want to spend Cinco de Mayo eating the best tacos in town? We've got you covered: check out our picks here. Rather spend the night guzzling margaritas? Not a problem: here are a few sips to get you started. But if you're looking for something a little different - from tequila paired dinners to a culinary culture clash - here are a few festivities with their own additional, unique spins. 

The BeehiveThe South End restaurant buzzes with live music nightly, so naturally Cinco de Mayo is no exception. And May 5 should be something special for viewers of Telemundo: the network host and singer Veronica Robles will perform with her mariachi band from 8 PM-12 AM. Meanwhile chef Marc Orfaly will lay a spread of Mexican-inspired specials, and the bar will pour tequila and mezcal cocktails. 541 Tremont St.; 617-423-0069

Grafton StreetThis American pub in Harvard Square is not a place you'd typically associate with Mexican fare. But on Cinco de Mayo, they're offering a pretty impressive four-course prix fixe paired with tequila cocktails. Dishes include salmon ceviche with watermelon and candied red jalapeno, accompanied by Don Julio Blanco, Cointreau, agave nector and cucumber; or a smoked duck confit quesadilla, paired with Don Julio Reposado and Strawberry Balsamic. 1230 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge; 617-497-0400

Olde Magoun's Saloon. Actually, every Monday night is "Taco Night" at this Somerville spot, which turns out a different meat- or fish-based variation weekly. But on Monday, May 5, they'll celebrate Cinco by serving a full Mexican spread: options include chimichangas with goat cheese, seared tuna tostadas and blackened fish tacos. 518 Medford St., Somerville; 617-776-2600

Ole Mexican GrillOf course you can head to the Cambridge Mexican on Monday for some of its predictably fantastic fare; they're serving out a special menu (including ceviche, seen here) and hosting a live mariachi band. But if you want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a twist, wait until Thursday, May 8. At 7 PM Ole will host the modern Jewish pop-up series Kitchen Kibitz, and the result is the tastiest of two cultures: expect gefilte fish a la Veracruzana, beef tongue tacos and pozole matzoball soup. Tickets are $75 and available here11 Springfield St., Cambridge; 617-492-4495

Rosa Mexicano. Head to the Seaport for the Mexican outpost's "5 Days of Cinco de Mayo" celebration. On Monday things will get a little extra festive with a live DJ and mariachi band. But from May 1 through May 5 you can find a special $35 prix fixe menu nightly, which includes tasty plates like Flautas de Pollo, Salmón Poblano, and Chile Relleno de Arroz con Queso. There are drink specials for the soirees too, including a margarita pitcher for six and the Fresa Picante, a cocktail of tequila infused with strawberry and jalapeno. 155 Seaport Blvd.; 617-476-6122

Tryst. Things that are good: tacos. Things that are better: free tacos. From 5-10 PM on Monday, May 5, Tryst will celebrate Cinco de Mayo by offering free tacos (pork confit with chili spiced pineapple and cabbage slaw). The hitch: you have to order a habanero lime rita. Oh, the responsibility! 689 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington; 781-641-2227

Places Mentioned

THE BEEHIVE

South End

Food21 Decor24 Service21 Cost$34
 
 
 
Olé Mexican Grill

Mexican • Cambridge

Food24 Decor19 Service20 Cost$21
 
 
 
Rosa Mexicano

Mexican • Seaport District

Food23 Decor24 Service22 Cost$37
 
 
 
Tryst

American • Arlington

Food23 Decor23 Service22 Cost$37
 
 
 
Grafton Street Pub & Grill

American • Cambridge

Food20 Decor21 Service20 Cost$28
 
 
 
 
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