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Buffalo Cinco de Mayo standouts go beyond tequila

Cinco de Mayo is the St. Patrick’s Day of Mexican culture, a fauxliday not particularly celebrated in the place it purports to honor.

But that can’t kill the buzz of the greatest tequila-fueled day of the American restaurant calendar.

Here’s what some Buffalo places have cooking next week.

On May 2, Cantina Loco, 191 Allen St., offers a five-course dinner for $55, plus tax and tip. That gets you ceviche in pineapple and coconut, mushroom and sheep’s cheese tamale, grilled marlin on sweet corn chorizo stew, mesquite roasted lamb with grilled spring onions, chocolate flan. Starts at 7 p.m.; call 551-0160 for reservations.

On May 5, at 291 Ellicott St., Deep South Taco is closing a block of Ellicott Street for a Cinco de Mayo Street Fiesta. Live bands, lucha (Mexican wrestling) performers, Day of the Dead face painting, and more. Admission $5, food and drink is separate, from Deep South Taco’s menus and drink specials.

A few blocks away, at Buffalo Proper, 333 Franklin St., Victor Parra Gonzalez, one of few Mexican-born fine dining chefs in town, is taking a break from his Youngstown restaurant Jaguar at the Bistro and his yet-to-open Buffalo place Las Puertas to launch a taco menu with Buffalo Proper Chef Edward Forster. A special list of Mexican-inspired cocktails is on tap as well. It starts at 5 p.m.

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