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Restaurant news: Many marking Cinco de Mayo with drink specials

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

704-716-8226

www.pacostacosandtequila.com

Cantina 1511

7708 Rea Road, 704-752-9797

1511 East Blvd., 704-331-9222

www.cantina1511restaurant.com

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

704-542-1344

www.MyMexquite.com

Restaurant news

Jersey Mike's Subs at Stonecrest offers a free kid's meal with the purchase of a regular or giant sub every Wednesday.

Jersey Mike's

7828 Rea Road

704-540-1140

www.jerseymikes.com

Wednesday nights at Frick'n Chicken, enjoy $10 domestic draft pitchers while sampling the chicken wings, with multiple sauces to choose from.

Frick'n Chicken

7629 Pineville-Matthews Road

704-540-8311

www.hotfricknchicken.com

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.

Pier 51

8332 Pineville-Matthews Road

704-752-5151

www.Pier51Seafood.com

Nothing But Noodles at Stonecrest has just opened a new patio.

Nothing But Noodles

7930 Rea Road

704-295-4961

www.nothingbutnoodlescharlotte.com

Margaritas at Maria Bonita's Cantina and Grill are just $3 on Wednesdays.

Maria Bonita's Cantina and Grill

7741 Colony Road

704-542-6165

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

704-341-2228

www.wildeast-bistro.com

Trivia Night is happening at Rotelli Pizza on Wednesdays from 8-10 p.m.

Rotelli Pizza

7510 Pineville Matthews Road

704-541-1850

www.rotellicharlotte.com

Gallery Restaurant is participating in the Meatless Monday initiative - www.meatlessmonday.com - by offering new meatless dishes.

Gallery Restaurant

10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway

704-248-4100

www.gallery-restaurant.com

Cooking classes

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.

The Liberty

1812 South Blvd.

704-332-8830

www.thelibertycharlotte.com

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

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