Night Review: Paco’s Tacos & Tequila Cinco de Mayo celebration

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The Deal: Paco’s Tacos & Tequila went all out to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Mexican beer garden, $2 Coronas, and $5 margaritas. Also, all patrons rocking cowboy hats received $5 off their meal.

The Good: Let’s just say the cowboy hat proclamation was heard loud and clear — cowboy hats as far as the eye could see. The restaurant was packed, but the hour-long wait was fine by us because what is Cinco de Mayo without authentic Mexican food … and Paco’s Tacos delivered. So, it was a great place to kick off the holiday festivities. Not to mention, all those waiting were pushed into a tented court yard with Coronas by the barrel and margaritas already on ice.

The Bad: This mock “Alive After 5” waiting spot may have included alcoholic beverages in mass amounts, but the tender for these: little pink raffle tickets. People everywhere were walking around with raffle tickets spilling from their pockets. Have you ever tried to count raffle tickets while intoxicated? No easy feat. I’m sure the only people more annoyed by this were the bartenders who were getting tipped in raffle tickets. Inside, the packed house prohibited any sort of conversation between friends. Across the table my friend and I were actually screaming at each other over the noisy crowd. Raffle tickets AND an unruly throng of customers — are we having dinner at Paco’s Tacos & Tequila, or Chuckie Cheese?

The Verdict: Great food, cheap drinks, loud mass ... I’m not sure how much more authentic we could get on this (faux) celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. Well-played Paco’s Tacos & Tequila, well-played.

— Jordan Bullington

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