Cinco de Mayo means different things to different people. For me, it's a chance to drink a frothy margarita (on the rocks with salt) and toast Mexican culture and food. For others, it's a chance to salsa the night away at the Cinco de Mayo festival at the Visitor Center Bus Shed. No matter what you'll be doing this weekend, be sure to seek out the most delicious Mexican food you can find — or the most raucous party.
Up at Raul's Taqueria in North Charleston, they will have their regular menu of Mexican specialties plus a couple of specials. Raul says the pork tamales ($2.50/alacarte, $9.99/plate) are very traditional and come served in a corn husk. He also has pork ribs that are dry-rubbed, baked, and basted with chili sauce ($13.99). To help with the celebration, they'll have pitchers of margaritas and sangria (both white and red) for $14.99.
Nearby, Holy City Brewing will be throwing their own little Cinco de Mayo party. They'll be roasting a pig from Legare Farms, which invariably dined during its life on Holy City's spent grains. To keep things Cinco de Mayo-ey, they'll be using the pork to make tacos, which will come with sides for $7. For five bucks, you can get a tour and beer tasting as well.
Out in Mt. Pleasant, the new Juanita Greenberg's will be jumping, literally, with a jump castle in the parking lot to celebrate not only Cinco de Mayo but their one-year anniversary. Your first stop should be the margarita station for some tequila shooters. They'll also have a taco bar and a beer truck, with all your favorite Mexican brands — Dos Equis, Pacifico, and Negro Modelo — on draft for $4. That event goes from 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
The big Cinco de Mayo Festival at the bus shed will have lots of sexy salsa dancing all night long. The salsa band is Orquesta Mayor and the DJ is Luigi. Professional salsa dancers will be giving free lessons and taking part in a competition. And there will be tequila-drinking games too. Food is from Pollo Tropical, Vallarta Grill, and El Dorado and is available for an extra cost.
And our favorite place to ring in the Cinco has to be Santi's. They will close half the parking lot, set up tents, and provide a buffet and margarita bar. For $10, you can get a plate of Mexican specialties and a margarita. After your done filling up, they'll have a DJ and live music. The fun starts at around 4 p.m. and goes all night.