Though Cinco de Mayo honors the Mexican army's victory over the French in 1862, most bars and restaurants use the holiday as an excuse to serve $6 Coronas, $13 margaritas and $5 tacos and call it a deal. We sifted through the nonsense and rounded up the specials that are actually worth your time. Here's where to eat and drink for a steal on Cinco de Mayo.
Five courses for $25 at Rojo Gusano: Finding a five-course meal for under $50 in Chicago is a feat, making this $25 dinner worthwhile in our book. The feast includes some of the restaurant's most popular dishes—your choice of salsas, any three guacamoles, four tacos, two sides and dessert. The deal is offered at both restaurants (FYI: the Ravenswood location is BYOB) Friday and Saturday 4–10pm.
Half-off carafes at Strings Ramen: Why order a glass when you can have a carafe? This BYOB-friendly ramen joint offers $3.95–$5.95 carafes of Stingria, which is packed with fresh berries, tangerine, yuzu, strawberry syrup and sparkling grapefruit soda. Just don't forget your finest bottle of Two-Buck Chuck to throw in the mix.
$5 specials at Artango Bar and Steakhouse: Now through Friday, enjoy five menu items for just $5 each—blueberry-lavender margs, tacos, quesadillas and guac.
$4 Micheladas at Oyster Bah: Saddle up for seafood and $4 spicy Micheladas prepared with Four Letter Hot Sauce. The deal is good throughout the day on Friday, making it perfect for spicing up your lunch break or happy hour.
Free margarita cupcakes at Sprinkles Cupcakes: Hey, we're not above free cupcakes—especially when they're spiked with booze. The first 100 customers to arrive at Sprinkles Cupcakes on Friday will receive one free Casamigos margarita cupcake, which is made with tequila-laden key lime cake and key lime frosting.
$5 Palomas and nachos at G&O: Spoil your dinner with Paloma cocktails and loaded nachos for just $5 each on Friday.
Free mini-tacos at Brando's Speakeasy: Sip $4 Palomas while noshing on free mini-tacos, which are available at the bar all night on Friday.
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