Unbelievable Margarita Specials!
There’s no better place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than Plaza Mexico Restaurant Bar & Grill in Zephyrhills. Patrons enjoy this spacious family restaurant with authentic Mexican food, and on May 5, are looking forward to Mexican music, dancing and drink specials under a large tent set up in its parking lot.
“Last year we were closed on Cinco de Mayo because of COVID, so this year we’re especially excited to be bringing our Mexican traditions to our friends and neighbors,” said Hector Gallardo, one of the restaurant’s owners.
Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican heritage, commemorating the May 5,1862 date of the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla. In the U.S., it is the biggest celebration honoring Mexico and its people.
You can’t have a Cinco de Mayo party without guacamole, and Plaza Mexico is known for its freshly made guacamole made tableside.
“Our cart goes around to every table to offer fresh guacamole,” Gallardo said. “It’s a really popular appetizer because it’s made fresh right in front of you.”
And when it comes to drinks, Plaza Mexico has a large selection of margaritas, including a monster margarita that is called the fishbowl. On Cinco de Mayo, margaritas specials will be available inside and under the big tent.
Families visit Plaza Mexico all year long for its great food and festive ambience. Its unique décor has a “Day of the Dead” theme.
“We have a lot of regulars who keep coming back because our food is very good, our portions generous and prices very affordable,” said Gallardo. “We love seeing so many familiar faces as new customers come back again and again.”
Located on County Road 54, just east of U.S. 301, Plaza Mexico is in a beautifully renovated free-standing building in the heart of town, just blocks from AdventHealth Zephyrhills. The restaurant follows COVID safety guidelines.
Gallardo and his uncle, Hector Alvarez, believe in leading from the front, and work alongside their employees to ensure professionalism and quality control.
“At most places, the owner just opens the restaurant. They let the people work for them, but here the owners work in the restaurant. We have two or three owners working at a time, to make sure that everything is done very professionally,” said Alvarez.
The menu at Plaza Mexico is extensive with many different choices, including lots of vegetarian dishes. The menu has authentic versions of the usual Mexican favorites: tacos, fajitas, burritos, quesadillas and enchiladas. And, for seafood lovers, there are crab quesadillas, white shrimp enchiladas and ceviche.
Food is made fresh daily, and some of the recipes have existed for generations within the family. One dish — a popular house special that can be ordered for one or two persons — that Gallardo is particularly proud of is served in a molcajete.
“Let me extend a personal invitation to readers of The Laker to visit our Cinco de Mayo celebration. We would love to introduce you and your family to the best Mexican food in the area, in an environment that is safe and fun,” said Gallardo.
(Old family recipe from Jalisco, Mexico)
16 oz small – $7.75
27 oz jumbo – $9.95
40 oz monster – $14.95