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Thursday, February 16, 2012 / 11:49 AM

Best Places in St. Louis to Celebrate National Margarita Day

It would be a logical to assume National Margarita Day would be celebrated on the 5th of May, but personal empirical knowledge has shown that logic and margaritas don't hang much together, not for very long anyway. For the record, National Margarita Day is February 22, two months-plus before the other margarita day, Cinco de Mayo.

We found many local Mexican restaurants plan to celebrate the "holiday" with margarita specials--and just as many had never even heard of it. Here are a few getting into the spirit:

At Flaco's Cocina, owner Maz Nooran has created a large, hand-crafted, specialty margarita menu. All of them will be half-price, all day long. They are made with either premium tequilas or exotics like cachaca and might contain peaches or jalapenos. There's even a "Morita," a cross between a mojito and a margarita. Maz's margs measure 16 ounces, and they're basically $5 each on their big day.    

At Amigo's Cantina in Kirkwood, margs will be Happy Hour priced ($4.99) throughout the day. Anyone who's had one mixed by lead bartender Edgar Dominguez (the so-named "Edgarita"), knows there oughta be a 2 Ed limit. Bring your sweetie, $20, and celebrate Valentine's Day all over again.

The Grove's Atomic Cowboy may not be top of mind for a premium margarita. Make it so. And on February 22, they're half-price from noon to 6 p.m.

If you haven't visited newly-opened Diablitos Cantina ("where little devils play"), you should. Visually, the place is a full-on-max, sensory overload. With Angie Cornush's array of house-infused tequilas (and respective margs at $4 and $5 throughout the day), there will may be a temptation to overload in that department as well.

This weekend at Señor Pique, affable owner Angel Jiminez is celebrating their 7th anniversary, and decided to celebrate again on National Margarita Day, so margs are half-price all day. Make the man smile even wider by wishing him feliz aniversario.

With a rustic-but-new remodel, Webster's Milagro Modern Mexican just keeps on improving (and it was kickass from the start). On this day, there will be "an all day Happy Hour in the bar," according to owner Adam Tilford. That means food and liquor, a double bonus. Sister restaurant Tortillaria in the CWE will sell $3 El Camino margs and $15 pitchers of same all day long.

Parting advice: take advantage of the day, but take heed of the four most dangerous words in the Spanish language: uno mas, por favor.

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