Harbourside Place: Calaveras Cantina hosts ‘Fiesta de los Muertos’

Day of the Dead doesn’t arrive until Tuesday, but Calaveras Cantina is celebrating early. As in Friday night.

The Harbourside Place restaurant is hosting a “Fiesta de los Muertos” bash, offering drink specials, music, dancing and prizes.

Calaveras' watermelon-jalapeno margarita. (Contributed by Calaveras Cantina)
Calaveras’ watermelon-jalapeno margarita. (Contributed by Calaveras)

The party, which runs from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., has a cause beyond margaritas. The restaurant will donate 10 percent of sales to the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s fight against breast cancer.

MAKE THIS: Day of the Dead bread

But, yes, there will be margaritas. Calaveras will pour is own rendition cocktail (and other cocktails) for $6. Craft beers on draft are $4.

Calaveras Cantina: 125 Dockside Dr. (at Harbourside Place), Jupiter; 561-320-9661; CalaverasCantinas.com

 

Cue the mariachis: It’s the newest Taco Tuesday in West Palm Beach

Mariachi moment at Banko Cantina. (Contributed)
Mariachi moment at Banko Cantina in downtown West Palm Beach. (Contributed)

It’s Taco Tuesday tonight at the new Banko Cantina in downtown West Palm Beach. That means all you can eat tacos for $16 ($30 for seafood tacos). And next Tuesday, it also means live mariachi music.

Mariachi de Mi Tierra de Juan  García plays on Banko’s rooftop from 7 to 9 p.m. on July 5th, and the first Tuesday of every month.

The main dining room at Banko Cantina. (Contributed)
The main dining room at Banko Cantina operates on the first floor. (Contributed)

The tri-level restaurant and bar opened last month in the landmark building that once housed the American National Bank. That building is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic places.

Banko Cantina: 114 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach; BankoCantina.com.

 

 

Where to party on Cinco de Mayo in Palm Beach County

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Rocco’s Tacos’ Palm Beach County locations are Cinco de Mayo central. (Contributed by Rocco’s Tacos)

It doesn’t have to be Cinco de Mayo week to enjoy a heap of good tacos and a cold Mexican beer. There is no shortage of Mexican and Tex-Mex spots to feed your taco whims.

But because it is Cinco de Mayo week, finding a place to stuff your face with tortilla chips and guac takes on a sense of urgency, one that only happens in the country that holds the Mexican holiday most dear to its heart: the United States. (Not Mexico. The holiday is not a huge deal there, as it commemorates a rather obscure battle that took place in 1862.)

With that in mind, check out our list of five prime spots for Cinco de Mayo celebrating!

Critic’s pick: cozy vibe, scratch-made eats in Northwood

Chef Roberto Villegas opened Table 427, a cozy spot on Northwood's main drag, in 2013. He makes everything from scratch, from the bread to the salad dressings to the gnocchi. (Jennifer Podis/ The Palm Beach Post)
Chef Roberto Villegas opened Table 427 in 2013. (Jennifer Podis/ The Palm Beach Post)

Central county pick: TABLE 427

In Northwood’s primetime bustle, it may be easy to overlook this quiet, cozy eatery.

Located on the historic district’s main drag, Table 427 is the domain of chef/owner Roberto Villegas, a versatile cook who often takes inspiration from his Mexican roots. His dishes are not precious, but they are earnestly prepared and lovingly served.

Villegas is the culinary equivalent of a DJ – he takes requests. And for those who enjoy surprises, he offers a “No Menu” option, a five-course dinner of his own design.

The pace here may be slower than at other neighborhood eateries, as the chef does most of the cooking himself. Consider the lag a chance to have a glass of wine and an invitation to be treated like family.

Table 427: 427 Northwood Rd., West Palm Beach; 561-506-8211; Table427.com

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Critic’s pick: a Jupiter spot for kicky enchiladas

White Sangria is served at Cabo Flats restaurants. (Bill Ingram/ Palm Beach Post)
White Sangria is served at Cabo Flats restaurants. (Bill Ingram/ Palm Beach Post)

North county pick: CABO FLATS

This is the Mexican-inspired eatery that originated in the Downtown at the Gardens plaza in Palm Beach Gardens. It has since expanded to three other cities, with three others on deck.

With the original location closed, north county Cabo fans can now find their Pancho Villa quesadillas in this free-standing restaurant on U.S. 1 in Jupiter. This is where I found a lively, but not overwhelming vibe and spot-on service on a recent night.

Avocado fries at Cabo Flats. (Photo: Christina Nicholson)
Avocado fries at Cabo Flats. (Photo: Christina Nicholson)

Also spot-on: the classic enchiladas stuffed with Cabo’s Chicken Tinga. I love it with a side of the kicky ranchero sauce and a Dos Equis lager.

Cabo Flats: 1352 S. U.S. Highway 1, Jupiter; 561-320-9644; CaboFlats.com

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