Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Asheville

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There are plenty of options for those in search of a Cinco de Mayo fiesta in Asheville, but it depends what you’re in the mood for this Tuesday, May 5.

If live music is your thing, Jack of the Wood is hosting a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Tuesday featuring Jacksonville, Fla.-based Americana folk band Canary in the Coalmine. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.

For a couple of family-friendly options, check out either The Cantina in Historic Biltmore Village or Urban Burrito with locations in both North Asheville on Merrimon Avenue and East Asheville on Bleachery Boulevard. Both restaurants offer a weekly kids-eat-free deal each Tuesday, which coincides perfectly for parents with Cinco de Mayo this year. At Urban Burrito, children ages 12 and younger eat free after 4 p.m. with the purchase of an adult burrito or salad. The Cantina offers an incentive for parents — $1 off all tacos — in addition to free meals for their children.

The Cantina isn’t the only local restaurants enticing eaters with taco specials. Mamacitas will be slinging its usual Taco Tuesday deal, which offers $2 tacos. The dine-in-only deal excludes shrimp tacos, which are still knocked down to an affordable $3 a pop.

Aye Caramba has food and drink specials at both its Fairview Road and New Leicester Highway locations, including deals on tacos and burritos, domestic and Mexican beer specials and tequila shot specials at the Fairview Road restaurant.

MG Road has invited guest chef Gustavo Báez to serve up “authentic Mexican food from his homeland.” The celebratory comida will include tacos, tortas and tequila.

Báez was one of the first employees hired at Chai Pani, the restaurant upstairs from MG Road. He has since moved on to work as the prep chef at Chai Pani’s Decatur, Ga., location, but he’s returning to MG Road on Tuesday to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

“Asheville, don’t miss this special opportunity,” Chai Pani posted on its Facebook page. “To say the man cooks whatever kind of Mexican food they serve in heaven is probably a gross understatement.”



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About Pat Barcas
Pat is a photojournalist and writer who moved to Asheville in 2014. He previously worked for a labor and social rights advocacy newspaper in Chicago. Email him at pbarcas@gmail.com. Follow me @pbarcas

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