Service was problematic. On several occasions it took a server longer than expected to realize my table had been assigned to him or her. One server actually described herself as "distracted" when belatedly taking our drink order. On the flip side, when a lunch order was noticeably delayed, the manager offered a complimentary drink from the bar and my server gave me a complimentary cup of cheese dip and reduced my bill by 30 percent.

With the exception of that one lunch, food arrived from the kitchen very quickly. At one dinner our cheese dip arrived maybe two minutes after we ordered it. We didn't mind — we were hungry, and you don't expect every order of queso to be made from scratch. But when our entrées arrived not ten minutes after we ordered them, we felt rushed.

On a roll: Amigos Cantina's Mexican Margarita and chicken-and-steak fajita combo.
Kristan Lieb
On a roll: Amigos Cantina's Mexican Margarita and chicken-and-steak fajita combo.

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Amigos Cantina

120 W. Jefferson St.
Kirkwood, MO 63122

Category: Restaurant > Mexican

Region: Kirkwood

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Amigos Cantina
Stuffed poblano...$9.50
Steak fajitas...$12.95
"Mexican Mojo Shrimp"...$14.95
120 West Jefferson Avenue, Kirkwood; 314-821-0877.
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. (Bar open till 10 p.m. Mon.-Thu., till 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat.)

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I don't think the restaurant was hurrying us along. Quite the opposite: I suspect it didn't want to disappoint us. Most of us still consider Mexican a "simple" — that is: quick and easy — cuisine. Credit Amigos Cantina for taking steps to move beyond the stereotype. I, for one, can't wait until the Mexican restaurants in St. Louis are as varied as the colors of this restaurant's shingles.

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