Margarita’s birthday present: A new patio

Margarita’s Cantina at 3109 E. Douglas turns 20 this month, and it’s treating itself to a new patio.

The restaurant first opened on July 23, 1992. Twenty years later, it’s known for its Saturday night parties featuring house band Lotus, its sour cream enchilada and its addicting chips and salsa.

Owner Don Overstake is waiting on approval from the city to put up an outdoor patio on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant that faces Douglas. He’s already ordered the wrought iron fencing, and his manager, Jen Mans, says the space will fit 10 to 15 tables. (Approval is taking a bit longer than normal because Margarita’s is in a historic building, she said.) Overstake hopes to have the patio ready by the end of July.

On the weekend of July 20th, the restaurant will celebrate with drink specials, giveaways and more.

For more information, call 316-682-2299.

Cinco de Mayo dining specials

Free 5 oz. Cinco de Mayo smoothies on Saturday at Taco Bueno.

I’ve gathered up a list of a few Cinco de Mayo dining specials local restaurants have planned.

I’m sure all the Mexican restaurants will be crowded, and some of them are planning food and drink specials, as well as live music.

You also can read about other Cinco de Mayo parties, all of which involve food, in the story I wrote for this weekend’s Go! section.

Here are a few other options:

Carlos O’ Kelly’s: The Mexican restaurant chain is once again offering its El Guapo Burrito Challenge. If one person can eat a 5-pound burrito in 30 minutes, it’s free. Two-person eating teams also can try to consume a seven-pounder. The offer is good on Saturday only. Wichita’s Carlos O’ Kelly’s are at 7703 E. Douglas, 527 S. Ridge Road Circle, 3025 N. Rock and 4872 S. Broadway.

Jose Pepper’s: Both Wichita’s Jose Pepper’s at 11423 E. 13th St. and 2243 N. Tyler Road will have a DJ from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, live music from 5 to 11 p.m., games, prizes, drink specials and super-loaded fiesta nachos for $6.99.

Margarita’s Cantina: The Mexican restaurant at 3109 E. Douglas will offer Corona buckets, $4 Cuervo shots, $5 Cuervo margaritas, food specials featuring shrimp, a DJ at 9 p.m. and house band Lotus at 9:30 p.m.

Felipe’s Mexican Restaurant: The location at 445 S. 119th St. West, for example, is having a fiesta on the patio from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday that will include a live DJ, giveaways and discount margaritas.

Taco Bueno: In honor of Cinco de Mayo, all Taco Bueno restaurants will give away free 5 oz. wild berry smoothies all day Saturday.

Question of the week

My post about Felipe’s birthday yesterday has left me with enchiladas on the brain.

So my question this week is: Who serves Wichita’s best enchiladas?

I have my picks — among them Felipe’s cheese enchilada, a sauceless wonder stuffed with Velveety-y goodness and cooked till the leaky cheese on the edges gets crispy. I also, for better or for worse, love that sour cream enchilada at Margarita’s Cantina, 3109 E. Douglas

Who has your favorite? Answer in the comments section below.