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Catorce Cinco de Mayo options on the Hill

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. In Mexico itself, It is a regional holiday celebrated in the Mexican city of Puebla (and throughout the State of Puebla), with limited recognition in other parts of Mexico.  In our ‘hood though, we celebrate it big!

  • Barrio offers a special food & drink menu beginning at 3 pm:


  • Dry Rubbed Chicken Wings – $6
  • “Special Heat” Chicken Wings – $6
  • Fried Calamari with Chipotle & Lime – $8
  • Mini-Tostadas – $8
  • Mini Queso Fundido – $5
  • Yucca Fries – $3
  • Fried Hominy – $8
  • Platter of 6 Tacos – $20 (2 Chicken, 2 Al Pastor, 2 Asparagus)
  • Border Sliders – $3 each
  • Smoky Pork Sliders with Chipotle BBQ Sauce – $3 each
  • Mini Masa Cakes – $5
  • Spiced Mixed Nuts – $4
  • Albondigas – $9


  • El Diablo – $9 Herradura Reposado, Crème de Cassis, Lime Juice, Ginger Beer
  • Ghost Chile Michelada – $9 Carta Blanca Beer, Sangrita Verde, Spicy Maria Mix, Lime Juice, Ghost Chile Infused Jose Cuervo Tradicional
  • Tecate Draft – $3glass/$13pitcher
  • Puebla Punch – $7glass/$28pitcher
  • We’re sure The Saint will be a fun place to celebrate – their regular happy hour is from 5 to 7 and their house margarita is a great buy at $5.50
  • Blue Water Grill is offering $5 specials all day: “choose any burrito or two tacos (sorry, no seafood) and chips and salsa or a fountain drink for $5”
  • CHS Sponsor Bottleneck celebrates Cinco de Mayo beginning at 5 pm: “We’ve got a great Taco Bar (veggie options abound as well), Tecate on draft, our hibiscus-infused margarita on special and tequila options galore.  Plenty of seating and a great neighborhood atmosphere.  If you’d like to enjoy the evening and avoid the mayhem of a frat scene then please come have a cocktail with us!” 
  • Captain Blacks invites you to a party with DJs – starts at 9 pm: “Very Special Piñata, Salsa Lap dancing, and drink specials you do not want to miss this”
  • Other Pike/Pine options include: For vegetarian/vegan friendly service with a scowl Mexican, try Bimbo’s / for cheap, tasty Mexican fare – there’s always Rancho Bravo / late night Mexican can be had at Tacos Gringos 
  • For those on East Capitol Hill, don’t forget about El Gallito and El Farol
  • On Broadway, your options are La Cocina, enjoying the balmy 50 degree temperatures on the La Puerta patio, local Mexican chain Tacos Guaymas, the glitzy decor and delicious food at Galerias,  or authentic Mexican that’s won over local restaurant critics at the recently opened El Mestizo
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13 years ago

From the Wikipedia article (
“Cinco de Jamon is a regional holiday celebrated in some barrios in the Central District of Seattle, Washington on the 5th of May. It started as an offshoot of Cinco de Mayo, noting that Cinco de Mayo has limited historical significance nationally in Mexico and is really just an excuse for Gringos to get drunk under the façade of cultural diversity. The celebration usually involves large quantities of HoneyBaked Ham, from which the holiday takes its name.”