Specials for Weekend 5.3.24

Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby the same weekend, very nice. During the Battle Of Puebla, the Mexican Calvary were instrumental in beating back the French, and the Kentucky derby, well, it also has horses, and was started, by Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr., after he witnessed the Grand Prix de Paris in 1872, so… plenty enough connections for us!

“Three Horse Operas”

for Patti Smith

At the end of Bing Crosby’s Riding High his horse

Will be buried in the clay of the racetrack where he fell,

As a lesson for all of us. Sad, waggish Bing,

The Mob didn’t want Broadway Bill to win, so the jockey

Pulled on the reins until the thoroughbred, straining

Over the finish line first, collapsed, heart attack.

I loved you like a guitar string breaking

Under the conviction of a clumsy hand—

Something like that . . . I suppose I must have

Been thinking of you and your complex and beautiful band,

Except the image demands I hold the guitar,

If not you, and the broken string, as

Over and over loudspeakers call riders to the starting gate.

The track bartender and a teller, a sharpshooter and the chess master

Wrestler, the petty con man and a cop, reprise their parts.

The heist gang dons clown masks, and

Sherry will betray George, and Johnny can’t love Fay,

And the fortune in the suitcase just blows away.

–Robert Polito

Food Specials:

Campechana (Mexican seafood cocktail): Shrimp, Octopus, Clams, in a spicy tomato sauce with cucumber, avocado, and saltines — $13

Chiliquiles con Verde: tortilla chips tossed in tomatillo sauce, topped with cheese, onions, and crema. — $10, add chicken ($1) and/or a fried egg ($1)

Pimento Cheese: aka Southern pate, w/Ritz crackers — $5

Drink Specials:

Mint Juleps (bourbon, mint, simple syrup, crushed ice) 4 Roses or Beanball — $5

Matadors (tequila, pineapple juice, lime juice) Teremana Blanco — $5

Bee Stings (reposado tequila, lemon juice, honey syrup, jalapeno) Teremana Reposado — $5

Margaritas – lime, jalapeno, ginger, or raspberry – Teremana Blanco or Reposado — $5

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