Diane Powers was the first to bring a Cinco de Mayo celebration to Old Town in 1983, and today she continues her dedication to the Mexican culture with lively celebrations at her family of restaurants.
Several days of strolling mariachis and folkloric dancers, tasty food and drink specials will be at each location. They include:
Casa de Pico, La Mesa
Live entertainment, including mariachis and folkloric dancers, will help celebrate the occasion on May 5. For true "Cinco" style, enjoy the "Enchiladas Banderas," a savory sampling of chicken, cheese and beef enchiladas served with three different sauces - rojas, verde and blanca (red, green and white). Music and folkloric performances will take place throughout the day as well as promotional giveaways from Dos Equis, Corona, Hornitos, Cabo Wabo, Jimador, Patron, Espolón and Puerto Vallarta tequila.
Casa de Pico, 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa; 619-463-3267; casadepico.com
Casa Sol y Mar, Del Mar Highlands
Casa Sol y Mar will feature festive entertainment on May 5. Get in the spirit with street tacos and a special salsa bar, while taking a tour of Mexico with $20 beer buckets. Strolling mariachis will perform as guests enjoy specials on house margaritas, Mezcal Mules and Patron flights. Representatives from Dos Equis and Corona will liven up the party with giveaways and souvenirs.
Casa Sol y Mar will also offer its "Milagro Mercado" margarita, a fresh and spicy blend of Milagro Tequila Silver, azucar morena syrup, fresh squeezed lime juice, muddled cucumber, cilantro and jalapeño, served over ice in a Chamoy and Tajin rimmed glass.
12865 El Camino Real, San Diego; 858-792-4100; casasolymar.com
Casa Guadalajara, Old Town
Festive entertainment will be held May 2, 3 and 5, with mariachi and folkloric performances.
Guests will receive $1 off on all Dos Equis products, as well as discounted pricing on house favorites and its Margarita Month special "La Milagrosa Rosa," a refreshing blend of Milagro Tequila Silver, Cointreau, lime juice and agave nectar with a splash of pomegranate juice. Strolling mariachis and folkloric dancers will perform throughout the day.
May 5: Enjoy "Enchiladas Guadalajara" one beef enchilada with salsa roja, one chicken enchilada with salsa verde, topped with cheese and sour cream. Happy hour prices at the cantina, as well as promotional giveaways from Patron, Hornitos, Corona, Cabo Wabo and Dos Equis.
Casa Guadalajara and the Bazaar del Mundo Shops are on the corner of Taylor and Juan streets in Old Town, San Diego; 619-295-5111; casaguadalajara.com
Casa de Bandini, Carlsbad
On May 5, celebrate with music, giveaways and hourly specials on select beers, tequilas and margaritas, including the "Milagro Mexican Belini" margarita, a tasty combination of Milagro Tequila Silver, Cointreau, white peach syrup, sweet and sour and organic sliced peaches, shaken and served on the rocks.
Enjoy "Enchilada Suizas," traditional enchiladas prepared with seasoned shredded chicken and topped with salsa verde, cheese and sour cream. Small house margaritas will also be $2 off and Dos Equis, Partida Tequila and Clase Azul Tequila specials begin at 4 p.m.
1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad; 760-634-3443; casadebandini.com