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Thursday, May 1, 2014

10 Best Mexican Restaurants for Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

Posted By on Thu, May 1, 2014 at 6:00 AM

click to enlarge Mission Taco is ready for Cinco. | Jennifer Silverberg
  • Mission Taco is ready for Cinco. | Jennifer Silverberg

Wondering where to go to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Look no further -- Gut Check's got the guide to the best spots for celebrating the holiday. Hit any or all up for the best tacos, margaritas and sopapillas St. Louis has to offer, not to mention giveaways, special brew releases and more.

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ALEX LAKIN
  • Alex Lakin

Mission Taco (6235 Delmar Blvd; 314-932-5430)

Normally closed on Mondays, Mission Taco will be open and in celebration mode for Cinco de Mayo. Just for the holiday, it's tapping two firkins (smaller, cask-conditioned kegs) of the brand new "Sub-Mission West Coast Style IPA" from 2nd Shift Brewing Company (which will then be available on tap). Mission's take-out window and new Bodega Bar will also be open all day. Feast on their Mission District-style menu, featuring roasted duck tacos (chile roasted duck, crisp pork belly carnitas, avocado serrano sauce), "Three Little Piggies" burritos (slow roasted pork shoulder, pork belly carnitas, chorizo queso, smashed black beans, pickled onion, ancho barbecue sauce and "drowned" in roasted tomato ancho sauce) and the hamburguesa torta (grilled beef brisket patty, chipotle bacon, avocado, Chihuahua cheese, pickled jalapeno, garlic mayo). Mission's churros with Mexican chocolate sauce are divine as well. Pair it all with an expertly crafted cocktail from the drink menu (a haven for tequila and mezcal connoisseurs) and you've got yourself a party.

BLAKE RILEY
  • Blake Riley

Diablitos (3761 Laclede Avenue; 314-644-4430)

For Cinco, Diablitos will be celebrating big with $1 tacos, swag give-always, boozy Olympics, the infamous "chicken drop" (with live chickens from the owners' farm) and plenty of drink specials. Pints are $3, pitchers of Modelo Especial are going for $9 and Hornitos Plata tastings and freshly squeezed lime margaritas will be available, as well. Regular menu favorites, such as individual street tacos and Diablitos' famous salsa bar will be available all day, including the "Gringo Taco" (fried herb-seasoned chicken with mashed potatoes gravy and sweet yellow corn) and the Hendricks' smoked brisket taco (served with crispy onion rings and house-made BBQ sauce). DJ Ambrose Boswell will perform from 6-10 p.m.

JACK NOECKER
  • Jack Noecker

Milagro Modern Mexican (20 Allen Avenue, Webster Groves; 314-962-4300)

Usually closed on Monday, Milagro will be open for the holiday. Classic, tequila-based Mexican cocktails are front and center, such as the "Paloma" (tequila, lime juice and grapefruit soda), "El Diablo" (tequila, cassis and ginger beer) and "Rosita" (tequila, aperol and sweet vermouth), along with the house favorite, the "Milagro Margarita." Milagro's new house-made Michelata will be debuted for the first time and dinner and appetizer specials will be available all day. "Sub-Mission West Cost IPA" from the fine folks at 2nd Shift brewery will be on tap, made with "Zythos," "Columbus" and "Cascade" hops.

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