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Fiesta Your Way Into May!


Cinco de Mayo explodes onto the scene with vibrant parades, festive music, and of course, incredible food. While the holiday commemorates a historic Mexican victory, its celebration here on the Suncoast is all about having a fun-filled time. And what better way to embrace the spirit than with a delicious meal at a local Sarasota-Manatee Originals restaurant?  This year, several of our member establishments are going above and beyond, transforming their patios into epic block parties and fiestas with a Suncoast twist! So grab your amigos and get ready to experience Cinco de Mayo in style. From special menus to festive entertainment, here's your guide to the tastiest celebrations on the Suncoast!


El Melvin Cocina Mexicana

The El Melvin Cinco De Mayo 2-Day block party is almost here!  At El Melvin Cocina Mexicana, every visit is as bright and boisterous as a south-of-the-border fiesta. Their fun and modern "Mex-eclectic" concept embodies a lively and festive atmosphere that immerses guests in a celebration of Mexican culture. 

And for Cinco de Mayo, this lively local favorite is throwing a 2-day block party bursting with fiesta flair. Expect a vibrant vibe with dancing, food trucks, live music, and even VIP tables. They'll have tons of merchandise and a few surprises in store too. Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 4th, and Sunday, May 5th for a celebration that embodies El Melvin's signature fun!

Find more information on El Melvin’s block party here.


Kolucan is the premier destination for exquisite Mexican cuisine in Sarasota. Get ready to embark on a culinary journey like no other as you explore a world of extraordinary flavors expertly crafted by their talented chefs. At Kolucan you will find traditional Mexican techniques meet innovative twists to create dishes that tantalize the taste buds and leave a lasting impression. Indulge in the perfect fusion of premium ingredients and classic recipes with a modern spin, ensuring each bite is a delightful revelation. Beyond the plate, guests are invited to immerse themselves in vibrant Mexican culture through handcrafted cocktails, carefully curated to complement their menu offerings. Additionally, their unique events calendar promises exciting opportunities to celebrate and experience the rich tapestry of Mexican traditions. 

Save the date for the ultimate Sunday Funday at Kolucan’s Cinco de Mayo celebration! Sunday, May 5th from 10 AM to 10 PM. This event will feature live entertainment, kid’s activities, sampling experiences, giveaways, raffles, and more!

Best part? They are partying with a purpose! A portion of the event's proceeds will benefit Sarasota-based Spanish immersion school, Dreamers Academy. Plan to meet up with family and friends at Kolucan’s Cinco de Mayo Block Party.  


Mi Pueblo El Restaurante Mexicano & Cantina

You can experience the authentic taste of Mexico at mi Pueblo’s 3 locations on Florida’s West Coast. You'll feel like you've stepped into a pueblo in Mexico with their traditional Mexican cuisine made with fresh ingredients. 

Bring your family to join their family on May 5th for mi Pueblo’s CIRCO DE MAYO: Their annual Cinco de Mayo Party honoring Sarasota’s Circus History. The block party offers live music, drink and taco specials, carnival games, family fun, giveaways, and even high-wire walker Blake Wallenda! This free event runs from Noon to Midnight and benefits local non-profit ShowFolks of Sarasota. Be sure to check your local Mi Pueblo location for details on their specific performances.

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Birdrock Taco Shack

Calling all taco and music lovers! Birdrock Taco Shack in Bradenton's Village of the Arts is throwing a Cinco de Mayo fiesta you won't want to miss. Fire up your taste buds with delicious fish tacos sizzling fresh off the grill, great tamales, tequila, beer and smoking hot sounds of The Hillbilly Hellcats, taking the stage at 4 pm. This legendary Florida band brings the party with their high-energy blend of Rockabilly, Psychobilly, and Surf, guaranteed to get you moving. With 30 years of touring under their belts, these guys have rocked stages in 40 states and 16 countries – so you know they'll bring the good times. Expect killer music, amazing food, and that signature Birdrock hospitality that makes it a Bradenton favorite. It's the perfect spot to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style!


Perspective Rooftop Pool Bar at Art Ovation Hotel

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the Art Ovation Hotel's Perspective Rooftop Bar with their Skyline Oasis Pool Party! This festive event takes place on Sunday, May 5th from 12 PM to 6 PM and features a live DJ spinning tunes to create a cool poolside atmosphere. Enjoy drink specials and snag some swag to commemorate the day.

While you soak up the sun and city views, indulge in a special menu available all day from 11 AM to 10 PM. The menu offers a delicious selection of Mexican favorites alongside American classics.  Start with shareable appetizers like the build-your-own nachos or the Elote, Mexican street corn.  For your main course,  you can choose from tacos, a giant burrito, or even a slice of Tres Leche cake for dessert. General admission is just $10 presale or $15 at the door. Don't miss your chance to be part of this epic Cinco de Mayo celebration! You can secure your spot & buy your tickets at!/e/b429cbcb

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Brick’s Smoked Meats

Fire up your taste buds for a Tex-Mex fiesta! Brick's Smoked Meats is putting a smoky spin on Cinco de Mayo this year, with a special menu available May 4th and 5th. Get your hands on house-made guacamole, perfect for dipping, or dive into slow-smoked brisket birria tacos dripping with rich consomé sauce. Craving a classic? Their taco salad combines ground beef or pulled chicken with all the fixings in a crispy shell "fiesta bowl." Wash it all down with a creamy Horchata or embark on a flavor adventure with their Margarita Flight, featuring unique options like Mango Ghost Pepper and Strawberry Basil.

But the fun doesn't stop there! Brick's is also offering a special Cinco de Mayo brunch menu.  Indulge in Breakfast Enchiladas stuffed with jalapeno cheddar sausage and smothered in verde sauce, or savor Chilaquiles – a traditional dish of corn tortilla chips layered with salsa verde, smoked chicken, and a fried egg.  No worries if you're craving their regular BBQ favorites – Brick's full menu will also be available. So come celebrate Cinco de Mayo Texas-style at Brick's Smoked Meats – it's a weekend of delicious flavor and festive fun! 

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Pop’s Sunset Grill

Craving a taste of Mexico with a side of old Florida charm? Look no further than Pop's Sunset Grill in Nokomis for their special Cinco de Mayo Sunday Funday! This beloved waterfront restaurant transforms into a fiesta with live music, delicious Mexican-inspired food specials, and refreshing tequila cocktails. Soak up the vibrant atmosphere while enjoying stunning views of the Intracoastal Waterway from their various seating options, including a tiki bar, fire pit tables, and a charming courtyard.

Pop's Sunset Grill goes all out for Cinco de Mayo. Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with unique Mexican dishes alongside multiple tequila promotions throughout the day. Sample and explore tequilas from popular brands like Tanteo, Dobel, Don Julio, and Milagro. It's the perfect way to celebrate with friends and family, all while experiencing the magic of Old Florida hospitality.

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Reyna's Taqueria

Reyna’s Taqueria in Commons Plaza, on North Beneva Road specializes in authentic Mexican cuisine, made with fresh local ingredients, that will tantalize your taste buds and transport you south of the border.

Join Reyna's Cinco de Mayo Fiesta weekend fun on Saturday, May 4th from 11 am to 9 pm and Sunday, May 5th from 11 am to 8 pm. They've got sizzling specials for both days, plus complimentary chips and salsa for dine-in guests. quench your thirst with Margaritas, Sangria, Draft Beer, Micheladas, and more!

OR...Ditch any stress and prep work this Cinco de Mayo and let Reyna's bring the fiesta to you! Whether you're planning a blow-out Cinco bash or have any other special occasion coming up, Reyna's Catering goes beyond tacos. They offer a wide array of delicious dishes to fit any celebration, from birthdays and weddings to graduations and corporate events.  So relax, fiesta hard, and let Reyna's take care of everything! They’d love to cater your next event! Just give them a call at 941.260.8343 or message them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information!

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Stottlemyer's Smokehouse

In addition to incredible pecan-smoked Southern BBQ and free, live music (Stottlemyer's is known for hosting talented musicians from all over the country! , enjoy some festive drinks this Cinco de Mayo weekend sure to quench your thirst.

For a savory and refreshing option, try Steve's Michelada ($8). This Mexican beer cocktail is made with Modelo Especial, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, their house-made Smokehouse Bloody Mary Mix, and a smoky rim made from their signature rub. If you're looking for a classic margarita, the Stotts Margarita ($8) features Milagro Silver Tequila, orange liqueur, fresh lime juice, agave nectar, and a salty rim. For something fruity and fun, go for the Pink Señorita ($10). This vibrant concoction combines 1800 Coconut Tequila, orange liqueur, raspberry purée, pink grapefruit, and a splash of soda water. Tell your amigos and neighbors, “Come on down to Stottlemyer’s Smokehouse!”

MOE Viva Mexico Epicurean Menu

Michael's On East

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a taste of Mexico at the iconic Michael's on East in Sarasota! This May, their "Epicurean Adventure" menu takes you on a culinary journey south of the border. Chef Jamil Pineda curates a special "Viva Mexico!" menu featuring vibrant flavors and traditional dishes.

Start your adventure with appetizers like Mayan Tortilla Soup or Pork Tacos Al Pastor. For your main course, delve into Pan-Roasted Snapper a la Veracruzana or Achiote-Marinated Grilled Flat Iron Steak Yucatan-style. Feeling adventurous? Try the Puerco Manchamanteles with braised pork tenderloin and Oaxacan red mole sauce. End your fiesta on a sweet note with Tres Leches Cake or a decadent Mexican Hot Chocolate Tart.

Upgrade your experience with a wine pairing featuring a Sauvignon Blanc or a Red Blend, both sourced from Mexico. Margarita specials are also available to complete your Cinco de Mayo celebration! The three-course dinner menu is available Tuesday through Saturday evenings for $46.95 per person. For more information call (941) 366-0007 or visit

💚🤍❤️ Each member of the Sarasota - Manatee Originals will be thrilled to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with you! We are confident that you will be pleasantly surprised by your dining experience at any of these restaurants. Make this Cinco de Mayo a memorable fiesta with El Melvin, Kolucan, Mi Pueblo, Birdrock Taco Shack, Perspective, Brick’s, Pop’s, Reyna's Taqueria, Stottlemyer's Smokehouse or Michael's on East!

As Always, Eat Like A Local!