Dining With Denise Neil

Where to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Wichita

Cinco de Mayo is Tuesday
Cinco de Mayo is Tuesday Associated Press

Tuesday is May 5, better known as Cinco de Mayo, better known as a nationwide excuse to drink Corona and margaritas and eat tacos. Here’s a list of a few restaurants offering Cinco de Mayo specials. Check with you favorite Mexican restaurant about its plans, and by all means, alert me if you conquer the El Guapo.


Carlos O’Kelly’s, several Wichita locations: From Friday through Tuesday, this locally based Mexican chain is offering queso for $1.05, $5 jumbo margaritas plus $2.50 Mexican bottles of beer. On Tuesday only, the restaurant is offering its annual El Guapo Challenge: Anyone who eats five enchiladas and one El Guapo taco in 10 minutes gets the meal for free and gets a commemorative T-shirt.


On the Border: The On the Border at 1930 N. Rock Road will celebrate with $4 margaritas and $3 Dos Equis and Corona. It also will have a mariachi band on-site starting at 5 p.m. The restaurant at 2347 N. Maize Road won’t have a band but will offer the same drink specials.


Felipe’s, 2241 N. Woodlawn, 316-652-0027: This Felipe’s will once again put on its big Cinco de Mayo party on Tuesday, which spills out onto its patio and will include music and giveaways. It starts at 11 a.m. and runs till about 10 or 11 p.m. and always gets wild, managers said. On Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday, the restaurant will be offering a long list of Cinco de Mayo specials, including $6 Patron shots, $5 margaritas and more. Food specials will include street quesadillas made with al pastor.


Jose Peppers, 11423 E. 13th St. North, 316-260-6404, and 2243 N. Tyler, 316-613-2333: Both Wichita locations of this Mexican restaurant will have a DJ starting at 5:30 p.m. plus drink specials, including $2 house margaritas and Reposado shots.


The Shamrock, 1724 W. Douglas, 316-267-3100: Irish bars can celebrate Cinco de Mayo, too. The Shamrock is serving a fajita dinner starting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. It costs $10 a person. From 2 p.m. to 2 a.m., the bar also will offer $3 Corona and Dos Equis bottles, $3.50 Cuervo shots and $4.50 Patron shots.

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