It's certainly not a weekend for lightweights. Leave your fanny pack at the house and imbibe in many of the options around town as we collectively celebrate General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín's defeat of the French in 1862 in the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. Despite the fiesta, many of us are still on a budget. ¡No te preocupes! We've done the digging for you.
To celebrate Tres de Mayo, El Fenix has $3 large drafts of Dos Equis all day.
Peak and Elm, the new Mexican spot with some heavy Texan influence (like the tamale pie topped with Fritos), will have free margaritas all day Saturday and Sunday.
Herrera's Café will have $4 frozen margaritas and $3 beers all day Saturday.
Soleo Mexcian Kitchen, one of our favorite local Tex-Mex places, has $5 margaritas and free queso on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The iconic Mia's Tex Mex on Lemmon will have $5 enchiladas dinners and $5 margaritas on Saturday and Sunday.
Urban Taco will have "5 for $5" on a variety of margaritas including Urban rocks, lime frozen, tequila slammers, limonada corrupta and hibiscus. In true Mexico City style, it will also have $2 street tacos. You can have them all while listening to the soft lullabies of a mariachi band.
La Calle Doce in Oak Cliff will have $4 Jimador margaritas on both Saturday and Sunday, and $5 mojitos at both locations all month long. And on Sunday, the number 5 will be $5 all day (that'd be chicken enchiladas with sour cream, rice and beans). The Blue Goose Cantina has 10,000 bottle mustaches PLUS $2 Dos Equis all day Sunday (with complementary 'stach bling), $2 Tecates and $4 house margaritas.
Mattito's in Uptown is having a queso-eating contest along with drink specials. Plus a zipline and mechanical bull, which all sounds, well, scary? Yeah, definitely scary. Be brave, my friend.
Bryan Street Tavern is having a chicken wing-eating contest, for which you must sign a waiver to participate in. Please, just watch this one and enjoy $2 Mexican beers, $4 Sauza margaritas and $2 tacos.
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Café Herrera at Mockingbird Station will have $4 brunch cocktails from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, then a full day of Sunday Funday shenanigans, including live music and food and drink specials.
Enchilada's will see who can stuff the most enchiladas in his face, with a trip to the Caribbean as the prize. Or just watch and sip on $2.89 frozen margaritas.
On Sunday, Mariano's is celebrating the birthplace of the frozen margarita with $1.25 original size frozen margaritas. You can get one of those, then upgrade to the larger frozen margaritas, but those are half off.