December 14, 2008

First Look: El Borracho Mexican Cantina, St. Louis, 12/13/08

A first look at El Borracho Mexican Cantina, which occupies for the former space of Nectar Lounge on Locust Street. This is not a review.
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El Borracho Mexican Cantina, tucked next to co-owners' other pet project The Pepper Lounge, is the newest and hottest (but only if you taste the salsa) establishment on Locust Street.
El Borracho Mexican Cantina, tucked next to co-owners' other pet project The Pepper Lounge, is the newest and hottest (but only if you taste the salsa) establishment on Locust Street.
Erica Kaldenberg bravely ordered the Avocado Mango Margarita on Josh's recommendation and was pleased with the right combination of sweet and sour. In her words, it had a "little zing."
Erica Kaldenberg bravely ordered the Avocado Mango Margarita on Josh's recommendation and was pleased with the right combination of sweet and sour. In her words, it had a "little zing."
Directly inside El Borracho, there is a curvaceous seating area almost entirely illuminated from the outside streetlight and glass bricks.
Directly inside El Borracho, there is a curvaceous seating area almost entirely illuminated from the outside streetlight and glass bricks.
The chef, John Griffiths, tells an interesting story about preparing the entirely organic Mexican menu that he hopes bridges the gap between Americanized Mexican foods and the authentic Mexican fare. Having worked in fine dining most of his career, his Hispanic co-workers made authentic Mexican food for their personal meals in the kitchen. With this introduction, Griffiths says he has adopted the same passion to the menu at El Borracho.
The chef, John Griffiths, tells an interesting story about preparing the entirely organic Mexican menu that he hopes bridges the gap between Americanized Mexican foods and the authentic Mexican fare. Having worked in fine dining most of his career, his Hispanic co-workers made authentic Mexican food for their personal meals in the kitchen. With this introduction, Griffiths says he has adopted the same passion to the menu at El Borracho.
The mural along the left wall from the entrance was specifically commissioned by El Borracho for graffiti artists.
The mural along the left wall from the entrance was specifically commissioned by El Borracho for graffiti artists.
The bar has a central location that creates a bottleneck feel as your circle it. The crowds get tighter and the intimacy increases. Surprisingly, no one seemed to mind Saturday.
The bar has a central location that creates a bottleneck feel as your circle it. The crowds get tighter and the intimacy increases. Surprisingly, no one seemed to mind Saturday.
Nick makes a similar strawberry margarita with a morsel of strawberry gently tucked on the side.
Nick makes a similar strawberry margarita with a morsel of strawberry gently tucked on the side.
Cousins Brandi and Lynn Aldridge found out about the event through Facebook and took advantage with the signature drink and sampling the food too. However, they both shied away from sampling the beef tongue.
Cousins Brandi and Lynn Aldridge found out about the event through Facebook and took advantage with the signature drink and sampling the food too. However, they both shied away from sampling the beef tongue.
Above the entrance, enveloped in thick red drapery, is a shrine with candles and painting of skeletons, channeling Día de los Muertos.
Above the entrance, enveloped in thick red drapery, is a shrine with candles and painting of skeletons, channeling Día de los Muertos.
Justin Sampson, the general manager of El Borracho, is a carryover from the Nectar staff.
Justin Sampson, the general manager of El Borracho, is a carryover from the Nectar staff.