Any respectable Arizonan knows that Mexico's equivalent of cuatro de julio takes place on dieciséis de septiembre, not cinco de mayo. They also know just enough Spanish to make sense of the previous sentence. That is why one of the Valley's most decorated cantinas feels confident that its Rockin' Taco Street Fest is gonna be muy bueno.
And in case you're rusty, dieciséis means "16." Since the 16th falls on a Monday this year the folks at Chandler's El Palacio Restaurant, 2950 East Germann Road, hosts its Independence Day soirée on Saturday, September 14, from 4 to 10 p.m. Aside from providing some of the most celebrated Mexican food in the 480, the fest will also feature a mustache contest, a taco-eating contest, live music, piñatas for the niños, raffle prizes, and – hopefully -- some enormous, amorphously shaped margarita glasses. The 'stache scenery alone oughta be worth the $5 admission. For more info, visit www.rockintacoaz.com or call 480-802-5770.