Cantina 1511 and Paco's Tacos and Tequila
These restaurants will be serving drink specials in their outdoor Mexican Beer Gardens on Cinco de Mayo. Each venue will have $2 Coronas and Corona Lights, $5 margaritas and 50-cent Coronitas.
Paco's will also have music and dancing in its Corona Beer Garden beginning at 4 p.m. The garden will be set up in the adjacent Marriott SouthPark courtyard. El Dorado margaritas will be $8; diners who come wearing a cowboy hat receive $5 off their meal that night. All proceeds from the Cinco de Mayo celebration at Paco's will benefit Pat's Place Child Advocacy Center.
Chicken or steak burritos are new on Paco's regular menu, as are two signature cocktails: Orange Blossom, with orange-infused tequila and Godiva white chocolate liqueur, sour mix and ginger; and the Paco's Paloma, made with Cazadores Blanco 100 percent Agave Tequila, Squirt grapefruit soda and fresh lime.
Cantina 1511's Rea Road and East Boulevard locations will be offering $8 Top Shelf 1511 and Tijuana Taxi margaritas. The outside beer garden will open at 4 p.m.
Paco's Tacos and Tequila
6401 Morrison Boulevard
7708 Rea Road, 704-752-9797
1511 East Blvd., 704-331-9222
Mexquite Mexican Eatery
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at this family-owned spot. A promotional menu available all day includes 99-cent meals for kids and $5 burritos. All Mexican beers will be for $1.99.
Mexquite Mexican Eatery
16646 Hawfield Way Drive
Jersey Mike's Subs at Stonecrest offers a free kid's meal with the purchase of a regular or giant sub every Wednesday.
7828 Rea Road
Wednesday nights at Frick'n Chicken, enjoy $10 domestic draft pitchers while sampling the chicken wings, with multiple sauces to choose from.
7629 Pineville-Matthews Road
A free salad bar is included with every adult eat-in meal at Pier 51. Kids age 10 and younger eat free on Tuesdays; Wednesdays, seniors receive a discount.
8332 Pineville-Matthews Road
Nothing But Noodles at Stonecrest has just opened a new patio.
Nothing But Noodles
7930 Rea Road
Margaritas at Maria Bonita's Cantina and Grill are just $3 on Wednesdays.
Maria Bonita's Cantina and Grill
7741 Colony Road
Wild East Pan Asian Bistro is celebrating its first anniversary with specials: Nigiri Sushi is half off on Mondays; house wines are $3 by the glass every day.
Wild East Pan Asian Bistro
6420 Carmel Road
Trivia Night is happening at Rotelli Pizza on Wednesdays from 8-10 p.m.
7510 Pineville Matthews Road
Gallery Restaurant is participating in the Meatless Monday initiative - www.meatlessmonday.com - by offering new meatless dishes.
10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway
The Liberty is offering monthly cooking classes. Each class covers three to four dishes along with appropriately paired wines or beers. Saturday morning classes are $30 and Friday night classes are $45 unless otherwise noted. Upcoming classes: May 7 at 10 a.m., recipes from the first gastro pub of London; May 21 at 7 p.m., the English Garden Table. Classes run approximately two hours.
1812 South Blvd.
Mother's Day specials
The following restaurants are offering promotional brunch and/or dinner menus for Mother's Day; call or check websites for details:
Rooster's, 6601 Morrison Blvd., 704-366-8688, www.roosterskitchen.com
Trio, 10709 McMullen Creek Parkway, 704-541-8000, www.trio-charlotte.com
Firebirds, 7716 Rea Road, 704-752-7979, www.firebirdsrestaurants.com
Encore Bistro and Bar, 9824 Rea Road, 704-341-3651, www.encorebistro.com
City Tavern, 7828 E. Rea Road, 704-543-8587, www.city-tavern.com
Del Frisco's, 4725 Piedmont Row Drive, 704-552-5502, www.delfriscos.com
Sullivan's, 1928 South Blvd., 704-335-8228, www.sullivansteakhouse.com
Waldhorn Restaurant, 12101 Lancaster Highway, 704-540-7047, www.waldhorn.us
Villa Antonio, 14825 Ballantyne Village Way, 704-369-5060, www.villaantonio.com
Gallery Restaurant, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, 704-248-4100, www.gallery-restaurant.com
Mama Ricotta's, 601 S. Kings Drive, 704-343-0148, www.mamaricottasrestaurant.com