Cinco de Mayo rarely falls on a Saturday, but when it does, you can count on restaurant owner J.B. Blau to turn it into a party. “Things are going to be bigger than usual,” Blau told The Times.
For the 13th year in a row, Sharky’s is hosting its annual Cinco de Mayo celebration. It’s usually an evening event, but since it falls on a Saturday, Blau figured he’d use the whole day.
From noon to midnight, stop by Sharky’s in Edgartown for food, drinks, music, and a bunch of free stuff. Bar bites, gift cards, and swag will be handed out throughout the day, and food and drinks will be available through the night. Try the tequila-soaked watermelon slices or the Corona Premier, a new style of beer by Corona that’s lighter and lower in calories. Sharky’s is one of the first businesses to carry Corona’s latest launch, according to Blau.
It’s not a fiesta if you don’t overindulge in Mexican favorites like the Loaded Nachos ($10.99), Pulled Pork Enchiladas ($14.99), Crispy Cod Fish Tacos ($12.99), or Sharky’s Taco Salad ($11.99). Dishes this rich in flavor are exactly where your Cinco de Mayo party should start. The nachos are served with crispy tortilla chips under a mountain of black beans, sour cream, guacamole, jalapeños, tomatoes, lettuce, and cheese so hot it drips off the plate. The enchiladas are covered in a blanket of baked cheese, under folded tortillas that can be filled with chicken, pork, beef, veggies, cod, or shrimp. They come with rice and a choice of beans. The fish tacos are a Sharky’s favorite. They’re served on a soft tortilla with lightly battered crispy cod, and housemade pickled poblano pepper and red onion slaw, drizzled with sweet chili aioli. The taco salad is a monster crispy tortilla bowl filled to the brim with lettuce, cabbage, beans, rice, cheese, sour cream, fresh guac, and salsa. It’s a salad, so it’s healthy, right?
The mechanical bull is back by popular demand, and will be located on the patio under a heated tent. Expect bull riding and taco-eating competitions, and live acoustic music by John O’Toole and other local musicians.
Sharky’s will stop serving dinner at 8:30 pm, but the night doesn’t stop there. The floor opens up for a party with DJ Mateus until 1 am. And if you’re looking for a change of scenery, head to the Loft for another late-night party.
Sharky’s in Oak Bluffs will also be open for Cinco de Mayo celebrations on Saturday. “It’s an option for people who want to enjoy margaritas and food without being engulfed in the party crowd,” Blau said.
And he’s already planning for Cinco de Mayo 2019:, “We’ve got a mechanical shark in the works.”
For more information on Sharky’s or its Cinco de Mayo event, visit sharkyscantina.com or call 508-627-6565.