Some nights in Allure of the Seas‘ Boardwalk, Rita hosts a party at her open-air cantina. It’ll cost you $20 to attend “Rita’s Fiesta,” a two-hour dance-, dine- and drink-athon that includes more quesadillas, flautas and fajitas than you can eat, and three margaritas to make you forget you’re wearing a mini-sombrero and strobe-light necklace. Rita’s DJ pumps beats throughout — “I Gotta Feeling,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Tequila” and such — and when the 80-plus diners aren’t filling tortillas with steak and peppers, they’re limbo-ing, doing the Mexican hat dance, and clapping as bar tenders juggle liquor bottles and shakers. Rita and her pancho-and-sombrero-clad waitstaff just want you to enjoy yourself — but let’s not get out of hand. “That’s enough!” she pleaded when a group of diners wouldn’t stop hooting for a woman in the dance-off, the evening’s climactic event that drew a crowd of passersby. (The party had polished off a couple hundred margaritas at that point.) That’s my tablemate Darlene (right) rug-cutting her way to victory. The prize? A shot of tequila.
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