Cinco de Mayo brings $1 margaritas, $2 tacos and deals galore

There’s a few good ways to celebrate the often-misunderstood Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo.

Drink up $1 margaritas, load up the plate with $2 tacos and take advantage of other discounts.

Cinco de Mayo recognizes the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France but it’s not considered a Mexican federal holiday. It’s also not Mexico’s independence day, which is celebrated Sept.16.

For most Americans, May 5 isn’t really about history, but a good excuse to consume Mexican food, drinks and culture.

This year, Cinco de Mayo doesn’t stand alone. Saturday also is the Kentucky Derby and National Hoagie Day so some deals have an added twist.

Brad Plothow, vice president of brand and communications for Womply, a small business software provider, said Cinco de Mayo is a huge sales day for local restaurants. The company recently analyzed sales at 26,000 small, local restaurants for 2017.

Cinco de Mayo ranks ahead of Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve and St. Patrick’s Day for restaurant revenue, Plothow said.

These deals are available at participating restaurants nationwide. Check with your closest location to confirm participation.

Abuelo’s: Saturday specials include $5 Mexican draft beer, which comes in a free 22-ounce plastic cup, and a $6.95 Flag Margarita sold in a souvenir dome cup.

Applebee’s: The chain has extended its $1 margarita special, also known as the Dollarita, through Saturday. Also participating locations are celebrating for the month of May with “Margs de Mayo” margarita specials, which include $3 House Margaritas, $5 Mucho Margaritas and $2 Dos Equis.

Bahama Breeze: This Cinco de Mayo deal starts early. Through Saturday, classic margaritas are $5. Offer not valid in Ohio and Virginia after 9 p.m. 

Baja Fresh: Members of the Club Baja email club will get an email Saturday with a coupon for free guacamole and churros with catering orders of $50 or more. Sign up for the New members get a coupon for a free taco with purchase by signing up at

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse: Through Sunday, buy one entrée and two beverages, and get a second entrée half off with a coupon posted on the restaurant’s website.

Blue Moon Mexican Café: There will be giveaways Saturday including Patron, Corona, Lunazul and Blue Moon Cinco De Mayo T-shirts. All locations will have a mariachi band from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Bokamper’s Sports Bar & Grill: On Saturday, all locations will have the signature 24-ounce Bo’s Big Rita for $18.99.

Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar: The restaurant will have a Kentucky Derby drink called the Derby Mule Saturday.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.: Get $1 tacos and $4 Corona Extra bottles in the bar and lounge area at participating locations Saturday. Limit five per person.

Buffalo Wild Wings: On Saturday and Sunday, select locations will have $3 regular domestics and $4 Sharables. Plus, get mint juleps for the Kentucky Derby Saturday.

Burger Boss: May is National Burger Month and the growing California chain is giving away free fries with any purchase when you sign up for the Burger Boss eClub at

California Pizza Kitchen: The chain will have $5 Agave Lime Margaritas Saturday.

sweetFrog: Saturday also is Cinco de Froyo and get a 16-ounce cup of frozen yogurt for $5.55.

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