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

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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.)

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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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Guest

How can you call Milagor "the first serious local attempt to offer the contemporary, regional cuisine".The food is eh and the atmosphere lacks any imagination. I sat outside and was literally on the parking lots with headlights in my eyes....

My personal favorite is the Maya Cafe in Maplewood. Great food, good service and real ingredients- nothing pre mixed or chain like about it!

City103
City103

Another vote for "terrible". My wife and I have given them so many chances, as they're right across the street. Their food is bland and unimaginative -- they use the cheapest ingredients they can get away with. One of their servers, who we've had on most of our visits, kept telling us that most of the staff was pushing for menu changes and a modernization/expansion of the menu (because most of them believed the food to be bland, too); however, management kept pressing to keep pleasing the "margaritas and nachos before going out and getting wasted" crowd rather than the upscale/foodie-centric market.

Milagro was one of the worst meal experiences I've ever had in St. Louis. Haven't been bac and not sure why it gets all the praise it does. Simply one of the worst meals from start to finish. Bad service and bad food. Having eaten at Rick Bayless' restaurants, I can tell you that Milagro is NOT anywhere close.

Guest
Guest

I live down the street and have had nothing but positive experiences. Their margs are good, and the food is pretty cheap. My girlfriend and I both got drunk and ate (even had leftovers) for about $30.

Jason Lite
Jason Lite

I live down the street as well and was very excited for this place to open - had three solid bad experiences in a row. That's enough for me.

Paid $20 for a bad burrito, two beers, and horrible service.

 
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