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Oct. 4 marks National Taco Day, but why wait until then to celebrate? Hit up these local joints to get in the spirit this week!
Tuesday, Oct. 1
Dive right in and let the taco tour begin with Bel Air Cantina’s $2 Tuesday special. For $2 each, mix and match select tacos from the menu to create a trio, served with a side of rice and beans. Pair that with Mexican tap beer or, if you’re feeling gutsy, a $2 mystery shot of tequila or mezcal. The special only applies to meals in-house, so beat the rush and snag a table for the occasion. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Click here for more information
Robin Room also offers a Tuesday special. Drink a mezcal paloma along with cuisine from Francisco’s Catering at Taco Tuesday with Francisco’s. Grab some tacos for $2.50, or save your taco appetite for National Taco Day later in the week and instead order “super” nachos, enchiladas verdes or a burrito. 6-9 p.m. Click here for more information
Wednesday, Oct. 2
vomFass regularly holds cooking classes which pair wine and spirits with meals made from scratch. True to the theme of the week, taco enthusiasts can prepare a fall-inspired menu at Tacos and Tequila | Cooking Class with Chef Joel Olson on Wednesday. But get ready for some pinky-up tacos — participants will make apple pie tacos with cinnamon crème chantilly and maple-glazed butternut squash tacos with bacon and brie. Sip on a paloma cocktail and enjoy your unique taco creations. $69. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Click here for more information
Head to the Wise at HotelRED for its weekly Tunes, Taps and Tacos, featuring musician Pat Ferguson. Take your pick of five specialty tacos offered, combine it with a tap beer from Wisconsin Brewing Co. and take in Ferguson’s blend of American, bluegrass and folk music. 6-8 p.m. Click here for more information
Thursday, Oct. 3
On National Taco Day Eve, count the minutes to midnight at Blue Velvet’s Badger Latin Night. Every Thursday, this cocktail lounge transforms into a full-blown dance party as DJs provide all strains of Latin music. From salsa to bachata to Reggaeton and more, dance the night away and enjoy tequila, Dos Equis and mixed drink deals. 10 p.m.-1:45 a.m. Click here for more information
Friday, Oct. 4
Friday is the day! Take your pick of several local taco hubs and celebrate National Taco Day. Taco Bell is known to offer a free taco on Oct. 4, but Madison hosts an abundance of restaurants with hand-crafted tacos. Go traditional at Taqueria Guadalajara or A La Brasa Mexican Grill, or try a specialty taco from Pascal’s Cantina or Tex Tubb’s Taco Palace. Seize the opportunity to discover your new go-to taco Tuesday destination. To check out more taco joints in Madison, click here.
Round out the day with a late-night snack from Sabor Queretano Food Cart, open 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at the intersection of Frances and State streets.
Saturday, Oct. 5
Keep the party going on Saturday and take part in Margarita Crawl Madison. Stop by five or more local venues and try a different discounted margarita at each one. Fuegos - Steak | Tapas | Vegan will serve as host bar for the crawl, and tickets include merchandise to take home at the end of the day. To save on registration, sign up with a friend (or five)! $20-$85. 2-8 p.m. Click here for more information
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