Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Real Detroit Weekly: Armando's

"If you've never visited Southwest Detroit for Cinco de Mayo, you are missing out on a distinctly Detroit experience. Vernor becomes gridlocked with cars and trucks blaring salsa and reggaeton, flying the flags of their various heritage – Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic. Bagley in Mexicantown is shut down to through traffic, and outdoor vendors grill up tacos and sell beer out of coolers. Lines to get into restaurants wrap around the buildings and can be several hours long, and everywhere there is lively music and dancing and LOTS of drinking.

'It is the Latino version of St. Patrick's Day. This fifth of May, head down to Armando's, located just far enough down Vernor from Bagley to be accessible, yet still close enough to the action. Join in one of the taco-eating contests while you wait, and later in the evening check out the three-piece band. Beer and tequila sponsors will be there too, and you know what that means – FREE BOOZE!..."

Read the rest of the article here.