By Jill Weinlein, 5/03/2012
Cinco de Mayo at Red O
Enjoy specially priced menu items at the Street Food Social Hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sat., May 5. Oysters are $2 each and ceviches are $10. Order guacamole with warm chips and salsa to accompany a craft beer ($5) or a selection of wines ($7). Specialty margaritas and cocktails are $8. Chef Rick Bayless’ California-inspired Mexican menu will be served at dinner starting at 6 p.m. 8155 Melrose Ave. (323)655-5009.
Hollywood’s premier tequila bar is opening its doors at noon on May 5 with Mariachis, a Luchador (professional wrestler) and “Hora de Fiesta” prices from noon to 3 p.m. Classic Margaritas and a selection of more than 400 tequilas and mescals complement authentic Mexican cuisine. Party til 2 a.m. 8138 W. Third St. (323)852-1552.
Join the festivities at El Coyote Mexican Café for Cinco de Mayo. Enjoy a house margarita or try their skinny margarita with a splash of club soda. The jalapeno infused “Jala”rita will put you in the mood for one of the scrumptious Coyote combos with rice, beans, two corn tortillas, spaghetti or black beans. 7312 Beverly Blvd. (323)939-2255.
A traditional fiesta will begin on May 5 with classic margaritas, chips and guacamole and authentic Mexican food. On Sunday, Casa Vega will celebrate “Seis de Mayo” with a brunch at 11:30 a.m. Enjoy Huevos Rancheros and Chilaquiles with their signature Bloody Marias and Absolut Marys at a special price of $5. 13301 Ventura Blvd. (818)788-4868.
Cinco de Mayo at Antonio’s on Melrose starts with a 100% de Agave reposda, anejo or silver tequila libations. Try the 1800 ultimate margarita or the Hermosa sunset margarita. Celebrate with a Mole Negro Oaxaqueno that is glorified with 20 ingredients or one of Antonio’s Monterrey specialties. 7470 Melrose Ave. (323)658-9060.
On Cinco de Mayo, this newly opened Mexican restaurant will celebrate from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sat. with a lively fiesta. Grab a margarita at one of the three bars while listening to a live DJ. Enjoy special small plates and bar snacks. At 6 p.m. dinner service will begin with optional tequila pairings. 616 N. Robertson Blvd. (310)657-9888.
Freddy Smalls Bar + Kitchen is preparing mint juleps and fried chicken sandwiches for guests who want to enjoy watching the Kentucky Derby on Sat., May 5 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. They will offer three mint juleps: a classic with Makers Mark Bourbon, simple syrup and mint, a blueberry mint julep or maple mint julep. Wear your fancy hat and enjoy the festivities. 11520 Pico Blvd. (310)479-3000.
Post & Beam Gardening Club
Certified Master Gardener and Horticulturist Geri Miller of Homegrown Edible Landscapes will teach guests the basic gardening techniques to grow an edible garden on Sat., May 5 at 10:30 a.m. Attendees receive a Post & Beam lunch in the garden and take home an edible plan. The fee is $25 per person. 3767 Santa Rosalia Dr. (323)229-5599.
Authentic Austrian Food
Come enjoy an authentic Austrian sausage on May 6 at BierBeisl to celebrate the birthday of noted Austrian Sigmund Freud. BierBeisl’s chef/owner Bernhard Mairinger supplies the recipes and has his sausages made locally by Continental Gourmet in Glendale. He will be providing guests with a beer and sausage tasting pairing. Enjoy a Bratwurst with spatzle and a stein of imported Austrian Stiegl, Trumer Pils or Schwarbier beer. Sausages are available a la carte at lunch, dinner and on the late night menu. Open on the weekdays from noon to midnight and Sat. until 1 a.m. The restaurant is closed on Wed. 9669 Santa Monica Blvd. (310)271-7274.