More Than Mean Margaritas

Pueblo Solis dishes up authentic, delicious Mexican -- and pours libations to match

Diners get a house salad with all entrées; ours were overpowered by a vinegar-heavy dressing. Main courses also come with a choice of soups. Chicken-and-rice was about as basic as it gets, light and tasty, garnished with a slice of lemon. Frijoles charros, pinto beans simmered with smoky bits of ham, onion, tomato and a hint of jalapeño, drew more praise. (Solis says he stole the recipe off a menu in Monterrey.) Menudo was faithful to tradition, stocked with tripe, hominy, cilantro, lime and onions, as well as a pork bone for added richness.

As for desserts, it would be a mistake to miss the mango cheesecake, a fruity, cheesy, cinnamony delight garnished with slices of fresh mango and strawberries lightly drenched in a raspberry sauce. Coconut flan was tasty but lacked the silkiness you like to see in the custardy dessert. More satisfying was the honey-drenched sopapilla -- a crisp fried pastry as big as a sombrero, served with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Pueblo Solis head honcho Al Solis offers up one of his famed margaritas.
Jennifer Silverberg
Pueblo Solis head honcho Al Solis offers up one of his famed margaritas.

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Pueblo Solis

5127 Hampton Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63109

Category: Restaurant > Mexican

Region: St. Louis - St. Louis Hills

Details

Guacamole $5.95
Botana platter $12.95
Filet Solis $18.95
Shrimp diablo or mole $18.95
Mango cheesecake $6.50

314-351-9000. Hours: 5-10:30 p.m. Tue.-Thu., 5-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 5-9 p.m. Sun.

5127 Hampton Avenue

Pueblo Solis is a busy place for singles, couples and families alike -- so much so that there's liable to be a line spilling out the front door on weekend nights. Solis says he has plans for a side patio, but for the time being, you should probably count on cooling your heels in the bar with a margarita, like that guy on the cell phone and his late buddies.

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