The sides are unimaginative across the board: refried beans, charro beans and grilled vegetables. One standout could be the corn masa, both thicker and moister than cornbread, but in its current form cloyingly sweet — more like a dessert than a complement to the main dish.

Five years ago — or even two or three years ago — a place like Rosalita's would have been a step forward for Mexican dining in St. Louis. (A small step, but let's not split hairs.) As it is, the preparation and presentation here beat most of the area's Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurants, and if the McGowan brothers are merely looking to add to their already successful loft-district portfolio, they probably won't be disappointed.

Dine on a loft near the lofts at Washington Avenue's Rosalita's Cantina. Click here for more pictures from Rosalita's Cantina.
Jennifer Silverberg
Dine on a loft near the lofts at Washington Avenue's Rosalita's Cantina. Click here for more pictures from Rosalita's Cantina.

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Rosalita's Cantina

1229 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63103

Category: Restaurant > Mexican

Region: St. Louis - Washington Avenue

Details

Rosalita's Cantina
Stuffed jalapeños...$9
Burrito...$11
Duck mole...$14
1235 Washington Avenue; 314-621-2700.
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Wed., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Thu.-Sat. (Bar open till midnight Sun.-Wed., till 3 a.m. Thu.-Sat.)

If, on the other hand, they want Rosalita's to move beyond the run-of-the-mill Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine that crowds St. Louis, they've got work to do, lest they find themselves left behind.

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