Celebrating Cinco De Mayo With Fiestas For Foodies

By Molly Rippinger
In Food
Image courtesy of Diablitos Cantina

Image courtesy of Diablitos Cantina

Like any good Americanized holiday worth its salted rim, Cinco de Mayo has turned away from the celebration of Mexico’s defeat of France at the Battle of Puebla and instead became an awesome excuse for throwing elaborate fiestas. Throughout St. Louis there are numerous neighborhoods and restaurants that will mark Monday, May 5 with plenty of Mexican-inspired drinks and dishes.

Cherokee Street
For one day a year, Cherokee Street shuts down between Nebraska and Ohio Avenues in order to accommodate a massive Cinco celebration. Running from 11am to 9:30pm on Saturday, May 3, Cherokee Street is filled with stages for live music, art demos and vendors dishing up some of the most authentic Mexican cuisine the city has to offer. Also, be sure not to miss the People’s Joy Parade kicking off at 1:11pm, which draws big crowds thanks to its eclectic array of costumes, small floats and impromptu musical performances along the way. For more information call 314.632.6498.

Diablitos Cantina
There’s nothing little about Diablitos’ Cinco de Mayo, which combines unbeatable deals on food and drink along with enough live entertainment to keep you preoccupied all night long. Test your skills during the “Boozy Olympics” filled with backyard favorites like corn hole and washers, enjoy the swag-bag giveaways and don’t miss DJ Ambrose Boswell spinning tracks from 6 to 10pm. Food specials will include $1 barbecue, ground beef and chicken tacos that can be washed down by a $4 house margarita or sangria. Regular menu items will also be available upon request. 3761 Laclede Ave., Midtown, 314.644.4430.

Mission Taco Joint
Not wanting to miss out on any of the Cinco de Mayo fun, Mission Taco decided to open their doors on Monday (a day they are typically closed) in order to celebrate. As if their standard list of margaritas weren’t incentive enough, Mission will be tapping two firkins of the IPA made exclusively for them by 2nd Shift Brewing, called Sub-Mission. Those looking for a tasty kick of tequila can enjoy $3 shots of Don Julio Blanco offered throughout the day. Also, Mission’s Bodega Bar and take-out window will ensure there’s a fast turnaround for those sneaking out from the office for a quick Cinco celebration. 6235 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314.932.5430.

Rosalita’s Cantina
Each year Rosalita’s shuts down a portion of Washington Avenue in order to host a block party in honor of Cinco de Mayo. Besides offering a plethora of great Tex-Mex classics like enchiladas, nachos and blended margaritas, Rosalita’s will also have a wide range of entertainment. Don’t miss the live music, including Latin jazz-fusion and Brazilian Samba bands, or the petting zoo that’ll be sure to keep the kids happy.  Festivities kick off on Saturday, May 3 at 12pm and continue through Monday until 10pm. Check out Rosalita’s website for a full schedule of events. 1235 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.621.2700.

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