Cinco de Mayo is widely celebrated by use of sombreros, fake mustaches and a decent supply of margaritas. But let’s not forget about the delicious Mexican FOOD! There are so many different food and drink deals during the first weekend of May in Reno Tahoe (preceding Cinco de Mayo on the following Monday). Here is your guide to delicious Mexican food and festivities going on at the beginning of May:
As inventors of the margarita! Hussong’s Cantina has stayed true to its authentic yet quirky roots since its 1892 opening in Ensenada, Mexico. As the story goes, in 1941 bartender Don Carlos Orozco whipped up a combination of tequila, lime juice and Damiana liquor for a regular, Margarita Henkel. She loved it and since then the margarita has become a staple in bars worldwide. Now Hussong’s is moving north and opening its third location in Reno!
This party is widely regarded as Northern Nevada’s largest celebration of Latino heritage. The entire party will be held at the parking area of the GSR May 2 from 3-8 & May 3 from 11-7. The party costs $5.00 for ages 12-65 years. Children under 12 and seniors 65+ get in absolutely free. The event is catered by Big Daddy’s Barbecue, and there are almost too many options. There will be chile rellenos, fajitas, fully loaded nachos, and almost every type of meat you could possibly dream of! Besides the food, there will be games, contests, boxing matches, carnival rides, and even dancing horses! By the way, if you prefer American food, Big Daddy’s also has ribs, sandwiches, and other BBQ treats. Click on the event picture for the whole menu and more event details!
The extended happy hour schedule in honor of Cinco de Mayo will runon May 2-5 from 2-7 p.m. with a whole different type of happy hour schedule. Enjoy amazing drink deals such as buckets of regular Corona priced at 4 for $15, and you keep the Corona metal bucket! Also, Premium Jose Cuervo Gold Margaritas for only $5, enjoy all our Mexican premium drafts for $4 (including Modelo, Pacifico, Dos Equis and Modelo Negra), top tequila shots for only $2 (including Espolon Reposado, Campeon, El Sagrado Anejo and Toro de Lidia Extra Anejo) and complimentary tortilla chips and house-made red and verde salsa.
The food specials are a basket of Jalapeño Poppers for only $1.99 or house-made mini tacos in soft tortilla with your choice of chicken or pork for only .99 cents each. In the Dos Gecko’s Cantina restaurant on Cinco de Mayo only, bring in your family, friends or the entire neighborhood for Dos Gecko’s specialty foods and our famous family style platters for $12.95 per person ($8.95 for children under 6). For those over 21, enjoy a $1 margarita with each order. The kids won’t be left out; they each can get a real Mexican celebration sombrero while supplies last!
You’ve been to the Great Rib Cookoff at the JA Nugget, but do you know about the Great Reno Margarita Mixoff? Rum Bullions Island Bar at the Silver Legacy is hosting their first ever Margarita mixing competition this Friday May 2, 2014. Celebrity judges will choose the “Best Specialty Margarita,” concocted by professional bartenders from all the bars at the Silver Legacy! The competition is sure to be fierce as they compete for bragging rights and the right to wear the Championship Sombrero! Hussong’s Cantina®, the birthplace of the Original Margarita serves a full menu of tasty twists on Baja Mexican cuisine and will be featuring a “built-your-own” nacho bar and taco specials during the competition on the back patio. Somehow the word “delicious” does not seem to capture the thought of loaded nachos and a cold refreshing margarita.
Offering $1 margaritas all month long in Toucan Charlie’s Buffet & Grille.
Reno Mexican Food
The Grand Sierra and Dos Geckos are not the only places with Mexican food in Reno. There are many other places to get your chimichanga fix this Cinco de Mayo. Here is a list from renotahoe.about.com of the top Mexican restaurants in the Reno area.