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Carne de Puerco en Chile Cascabel at Rosario's

Looking for a unique way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Try these five Mexican specialties found around town:

1. Carne de Puerco en Chile Cascabel at Rosario’s Mexican Cafe y Cantina, 910 S. Alamo St. – What could be more luscious than a taco filled with tender chunks of pork simmered in a spicy sauce made with Mexican cascabel chiles? How about three in an order? The cascabel chile isn’t featured often in San Antonio restaurants, so this is a great way of broadening your experience of the wide world of chiles. Toast the day with Mexican Handshake margarita.

2. Tres leches cake at Aldaco’s Stone Oak, 20079 Stone Oak Parkway – Blanca Aldaco helped introduce San Antonio to this sumptuous, creamy dessert. Her version remains the best in town, and she now offers it in a variety of flavors, several of which are seasonal, such as strawberry and pumpkin. Enjoy the signature Avocado Margarita on the gorgeous patio.

3. Cabrito al horno at La Hacienda de los Barrios, 18747 Redland Road – You don’t find cabrito on too many menus, and few in town serve goat as succulent as this version. Roasted in the oven until it practically falls off the bone, this mild-flavored, delicate meat is served in a tangy tomato sauce. Pass the evening on the spacious patio with a chilled Pacifico Cerveza and a wedge of lime.

Tacos al pastor at Erick's Tacos

4. Tacos al pastor at Erick’s Tacos, 12715 Nacogdoches Road – Mini-tacos heaped high with marinated, shredded pork arrive open faced with plenty of fresh cilantro and chopped. Squeeze fresh lime juice on top. Try an icy Mexican Fresca, which will help tame some of the heat from the fiery habanero salsa.

5. Shrimp enchiladas at Los Roberto’s Taco Shop, 2216 W. Bitters Road – A soft, handmade corn tortilla encloses an abundant helping of shrimp cloaked in a velvety sauce. Halfway through your order, you’ll be thinking about your next visit to this taqueria, which is open 24/7. A tall glass of rice-based horchata, an agua fresca with a touch of cinnamon, is a perfect complement to the meal.

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