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Call it Arcelia’s version 3.0. The original Arcelia’s closed in 2010 after a twenty-year run, first in Soulard, later anchoring the northeast corner of Lafayette Park. The family of founder Arcelia Sanchez, who died in 2003, has reopened the restaurant, bringing back much of the original menu, in a new location in Soulard. The menu is brief and features crowd pleasers like enchiladas, chiles rellenos, pork in a chile-verde sauce and quesadillas. The tortilla chips, fried in-house and served piping hot, are a highlight, as is carne en su jugo: a soup of flank steak and pinto beans in a flavorful tomatillo-bacon broth.
This place in Soulard is the Original Arcelias. Great food & Out of this world Margarita's. Arcelia's daughter Marta is running the place now, along with her granddaughter Kat. They are continuing the family tradition of making everything fresh.
Guess where we drank this maple-syrup whiskey, cider and orange juice cocktail and win $20 to Arcelia's (1928 South 12th Street; 314-241-1378)! Hint: We sipped this sweet-and-sour tasting cocktail at ... More »
This week, I offer a two-fer of new Mexican restaurants -- or, rather, one new and one newly returned. New is Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina (at St. Louis Galleria, South Brentwood Boulevard & Clayton... More »
I shouldn't like Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina. Starting with that name: the empty, abstract noun (Life!), the condescending y. It's in a shopping mall. It's a chain, with the same parent company (Charlotte-based Bar Management Group) as its... More »
After six years, this gig still manages to surprise me. This week might seem like a no-brainer. On the one hand, you have the return of a beloved St. Louis restaurant: Arcelia's (1928 South 12th Stre... More »
Arcelia's has a few quirks. For instance, they charge for separate checks and for that second basket of chips. But that's not a bad tradeoff for the casual feel, the Lafayette Square ambiance and the food. We do love the food. Arcelia's serves superb Mexican food, not the Tex-Mex variety (well, okay, they cave in with the fajitas). Try pozole, a soup made with chunks of simmered pork, hominy, fresh shredded cabbage and onions. Fish tacos, a rarity in St. Louis, are a sure bet here. On... More »
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