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 kick off the fiesta with performances from noon-9 p.m. Saturday, May 3 to Monday, May 5.
“Cheers” all weekend long with specials on the festive “cincorita” margarita – strawberry, Midori (melon flavored liqueur) and lime in layers of green, white and red, paying homage to the Mexican flag. Diners will munch on the cheesy enchiladas banderas, a savory sampling of chicken, cheese and beef enchiladas served with three different sauces: verde, blanca and rojas (green, white and red).
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, including ballet folkloric at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., and mariachis from 1-9 p.m. Sunday and Monday.
During happy hour from 4-7 p.m. Monday in the cantina, guests will enjoy promotional giveaways from Dos Equis, Pacífico and Negra Modelo, as well as house margaritas for $3.95. Featured food and drink specials include the cincorita margarita and enchiladas banderas.
12865 El Camino Real, San Diego; 858-792-4100; casasolymar.com
Casa Guadalajara, Old Town
Festive entertainment will be held starting at noon, Friday, May 3, to Monday, May 5, with troubadours, followed by mariachi and ballet folkloric performances.
Drink specials will be offered starting at noon Monday in the cantina, with promotions including margarita de Cointreau for $5.95 from noon-2 p.m.; Marga Frida (Frida Kahlo margarita) for $6.95 from 4-6 p.m.; Herradura Silver shots for $5 from 6-8 p.m.; and Herradura skinny margaritas for $6.95 from 8:15-10:15 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Some of the restaurant's most popular antojitos (appetizers) will also be on special in the Cantina, including the cheese quesadillas, nachos chicos, tostaditas and taquitos chicos for $4.95, and mini ceviche for $5.95.
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
Latin American folk band TINKU will perform Saturday, Sunday and Monday, followed by mariachi performances and folkloric dancers. Entertainment is from noon-9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday drink specials will include small Azunia margaritas for $7.95 from noon-2 p.m.; Cuervo Bucket of Gold for $5.95 from 2-3 p.m.; pints of Dos Equis for $4 from 3-5 p.m.; small Don Julio margaritas for $9.95 from 5-7 p.m.; and a special late night happy hour from 7-9 p.m., including $1 off draft beers, $2 off wine, $4.50 house margaritas and half-off select appetizers.
All day Monday, small house margaritas are $4.50; Dos Equis pints are $4; and Coronito large margaritas are $9.95.
1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad; 760-634-3443; casadebandini.com