5 Picks for Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

Let the margaritas flow
May 5, 2016
by Scott Kearnan

Still looking for somewhere to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Here are five options from every nook of the 'hood, from margarita-soaked parties to a grab-and-go donut that brings a sense of siesta to your workday.

The Independent. An American pub on Cinco de Mayo? Absolutely. Because tonight The Independent launches a new "Indo Patio Party" series: Every Thursday, the tavern team will pair up with a different craft brewer to highlight their suds alongside a complementary food special. In honor of Cinco de Mayo, the series debut will spotlight Mexican beer-inspired selections: Wicked Bueno from Maine's Banded Horn Brewing Company and Beerito from Colorado's Oskar Blues. (The special nosh? Chalupas poblanas, of course.) Plus, the Independent is perfectly situated for checking out the Somerville Arts Council's block party in Union Square. From 6–10 PM you'll find mariachi music, dancers, pinatas and more.75 Union Sq., Somerville; 617-440-6022

Photo courtesy Kane's Handcrafted Donuts

Kane's Handcrafted Donuts. There's no shortage of menu specials being served at restaurants in honor of Cinco de Mayo, but this one may take the cake — no pun intended. Cult fave Kane's, a Saugus institution that recently opened its first Boston location, will be temporarily serving a margarita-flavored donut glazed with lemon, lime and locally harvested honey. The green frosted treat is even garnished with a candy lime to complete the look. Happy Cinco; we'll take a dozen, please.  90 Oliver St.; 857-317-2654

Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar. South Boston's buzzing Mexican restaurant can have a pretty party-like vibe, so, it's bound to be boisterous during Cinco. Doors will open at 10 AM (!) and you'll find dining specials like the "bomb pork tacos," pork chicharrones with chimichurri, pick de halo, grilled spring onions and guajillo crema. There will be drink specials, like tequila "snow cones." And around night's end, Loco will host giveaways or prize-stuffed pinatas to lucky guests. Finally, Instagram ​your dinner using the hashtag #dobeldinner, and Loco will choose a guest (announced Friday) to win a Maestro Dobel Tequila-sponsored dinner for six. Or rather, seis. 412 W Broadway, South Boston; 617-917-5626

The Painted Burro. This colorful Davis Square restaurant is one of the best Mexican joints in area, and today it opens early at 11:30 AM to get Cinco underway. Food specials, which include lobster tacos (pictured at page top) with chipotle aioli and sweet corn salsa, will be served until 11 PM; cocktail specials, like toasted coconut margaritas with peppercorn rims, will be slung at the bar until 1 AM. 219 Elm St., Somerville; 617-776-0005

Tico. Chef Michael Schlow's Latin restaurant in Back Bay is getting into the Cinco spirit early, opening at 11:30 AM to offer day-long dining and drink specials. (Think: flights of three margaritas: traditional, blood orange and ghost chili-infused "hot and skinny," $25.) Plus, they'll be doling out complimentary tacos stuffed with pork, beef and shrimp from 4:30–5:30 PM; after that, a DJ will spin tunes while revelers get (responsibly) tanked on tequila. 222 Berkeley St.; 617-351-0400

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