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Menus get a dash of spice for Cinco de Mayo

Rock Crusher Canyon and Coach's Pub will hold special celebrations for the Mexican celebration of May 5.

By JORGE SANCHEZ

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 4, 2001


Put on your sombreros, amigo, and celebrate the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May) Saturday.

Rock Crusher Canyon Garden Pavilion is having a Cinco de Mayo party with a special Mexican buffet Saturday night. Another Cinco de Mayo hot spot is Coach's Pub and Eatery, 114 W Main St., Inverness, on the Courthouse Square.

At Rock Crusher Canyon, the house band Razz Ma Tazz will display its versatility with a special musical performance from 7 to 10 p.m. featuring some standard Mexican songs along with audience sing-alongs.

The Rock Crusher Canyon kitchen staff has also whipped up a savory Mexican buffet, which will be served from 6 to 8 p.m. The buffet includes black bean salad with tequila vinaigrette, pinto bean salad with bacon and coriander, guacamole, pico de gallo (salsa for fajitas), fresh sauteed zucchini with roasted peppers and smoked corn, Mexican rice, roast pork loin with red chile sauce, chicken mole (herbed chicken with chocolate sauce), fish fillets with tomatoes, capers and olives, vanilla caramel flan and other desserts. Admission is $15, which includes the buffet.

Coach's Pub and Eatery will have a street party on Pine Avenue from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Local rockers Nascent will perform, and the street will be closed to vehicle traffic during the concert. Other festivities include drink specials, particularly on Mexican beers and flavored rums. Inside, Coach's will offer its regular menu. Free admission.

Though no special events are planned, Citrus County's two Mexican restaurants, El Matador, 1239 U.S. 19, Homosassa, at Nottinghman Square, 795-9880; and El Ranchido, 2645 State Road 44 W, Inverness, at the Citrus Center, 341-0707 will be open and offer their regular menus.

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