The most telling thing I saw at Arcelia's wasn't a piece of food but a picture on the wall opposite the bar: a portrait of the "Most Interesting Man in the World," the character from the Dos Equis ad campaign. Here is exactly the sort of crass pandering that I expected to find in Vida. Yet that restaurant, a national chain in a shopping mall, succeeds in acknowledging how our understanding of Mexican cuisine has evolved over the past few years.

Location Info


Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina

1137 St Louis Galleria
St. Louis, MO 63117

Category: Restaurant > Mexican

Region: Richmond Heights


1928 S. 12th St.
St. Louis, MO 63104

Category: Restaurant > Mexican

Region: St. Louis - Lafayette Square


Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina
(in the Saint Louis Galleria) South Brentwood Boulevard & Clayton Road, Richmond Heights; 314-863-1150.
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Wed., 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Thu.-Fri., 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.

1928 South 12th Street; 314-241-1378.
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., noon-8 p.m. Sun.

Arcelia's has come full circle, returning to Soulard. What it still must do is move forward.

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