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Get a twist on the taco and margarita tradition in Boston this Cinco de Mayo

Poe's Dirty Water Margarita
Poe's Dirty Water Margarita
Courtesy of Carolyn Rasely @ REGAN COMMUNICATIONS GROUP

Cinco de Mayo may be the best day of 2014 to get a taco and a margarita in Boston. It's not just about the festive nature of the day. Some of the best restaurants in the city are going out of their way to produce interesting dishes and drinks in celebration of the holiday. Here are a few that came up with clever versions of both so diners can get a one-stop Cinco de Mayo treat.

Haru Sushi
55 Huntington Ave.
(617) 536-0770)

Haru Sushi is, of course, doing fish tacos, but what makes its holiday dish stand out is the selection. Diners get a trio of fish tacos including striped bass, salmon and tuna. These are served with the expected salsa and avocado, but also with an apple yuzu ceviche sauce. The presentation is typically lovely, so expect a nice looking set of tacos.

Wash down the trio of fish tacos with Haru's green tea margarita. It is made with Patron Silver, Cointreau, sour mix and green tea powder. This clever twist on a margarita helps Haru stay in line with its own palette while giving a nod to Cinco de Mayo.

Legal Harborside
270 Northern Ave.
(617) 477-2900

Legal Harborside is cooking up a few tacos on Cinco de Mayo, but the one that stands out is the braised BBQ short rib taco. This dish follows through all the way to braised black beans when it comes to the BBQ theme behind it. The only thing left to find out is if it is as comforting as a great BBQ.

Legal Harborside will certainly have more than one margarita in the works on May 5, 2014. The one that stands out is the La Bonita. With ingredients like grapefruit juice, limejuice and bitters, it is closer to a traditional margarita than others, but still gives a little twist to keep things interesting.

Poe's Kitchen at the Rattlesnake
384 Boylston St.
(617) 859-8555

Those looking for a wide array of tacos cannot go wrong with Poe's Kitchen this year. A group of people with different tastes will find no better venue. The dishes that stand out include the antelope, spicy Cubano and Hudson Valley duck tacos.

Poe's Kitchen is saluting Boston in a fashion with its Dirty Water margarita. It contains Herradura Reposado, Patrón Citrónge, fresh lime, three chile simple syrup and sparkling water. For once, Boston's dirty water is of drinking quality.

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