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I'll be the first to admit I haven't tried all the various spots around St. Louis for great and near authentic Mexican food. With that said, I'm going to put down a positive comment for a favorite of mine near our neighborhood of Webster Groves, and that is for Nacho Mama's on Manchester Road.

I had dinner again last night at Nacho Mama's and it might have been the best I've had over the years. I ordered the Tex Mex Platter, which comes with several items. The beans are tasty, the chicken well grilled on the enchilada and the cabbage on the taco?? is so more near authentic Mexican. As usual the margaritas are always tasty and served in a nice tall glass, either frozen or on the rocks (my preference).

While the much more well known Hacienda is just down the street, I tired years ago from their overcooked sides of rice and beans which surrounded an always-average entree. What keeps me away from Hacienda these days is the fact that when enjoying a margarita on the outside patio, they insist on serving it in a plastic glass. I'm old enough not to drop my drink thank you.

My wife prefers the enchilada plate with a spinach and chicken enchilada. My neighbor prefers the half of a chicken which is grilled and very tasty.

So give Nacho Mama's a try.

Chuey's is closed in Dogtown right? But it moved elswhere?

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  1. I have heard good things about Nachomama's but have yet to try for myself.

    I was a big Chuy Arzola fan as well.

    My favorite currently is Pueblo Solis---their chicken mole is fantastic.

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    1. re: cwhf

      I'll second Pueblo Solis for Tex-Mex.

    2. Hmm...can't remember the name, but I ate a quite a good place on Cherokee St. earlier this year.

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      1. re: ddfry3

        Vallesana is a terrific place on Cherokee St. I'm no expert on Mexican cuisine, but I'd be willing to wager that the food you get on Cherokee comes a lot closer to Mexico than anything you'll find at the popular Mexican places in town.

        1. re: alan

          Vallesana is totally over rated imho. Hardly authentic, I suspect it gets such good press because the food is made to appeal to gringos. Bronco across the street or the restaurant in the large mex. super market is better. I did like the ice cream shop also owned by Vallesana, but I think they've shut it down.

      2. We had pretty good dinner last night @ Taqueria Los Taroscos on Woodson Rd close to the airport. I had three tacos (onion and cilantro) filled with the barbacoa, tinga(marinated chicken) and pastor(pineapple and pork) served with lime. The obligatory chips came with sliced jalapeno and onions in addition to the red and green sauce. Guacamole was chunky and tasty too. There are many good taquerias in this area--Woodson Rd and St Charles Rock Rd.

        1. Chuy's has moved to the Coronado Building on Lindell, near SLU.

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          1. re: Doug

            The new Chuys is a bit different though.

            I had to eat at Haciendo 3 times to find something that I liked. Why my family drags me there i have no idea.

            Chimichangas on South Grand is my favorite, always great service and the best priced Mexican in town.

            El Ranchito in Ucity is my second favorite. Very large, clean place as well.

          2. I'll add one more comment to this thread I began a while back...while I bitch about Hacienda serving drinks outside in only plastic cups, I neglected to say that at Nacho Mama's you are served your dinner fare on styrofoam platters. But I still get a nice glass for my margarita. So in the interest of full disclosure, don't be surprised when your food comes on styrofoam, its still tasty. And they just finished some added outdoor seating!

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            1. re: iuspock

              Milagro in Webster Groves is the place...nuanced Mexican beyond the standard combos of Tex-Mex fare. A close second is Amigos in downtown Kirkwood. I have been very unimpressed with the various El Maguey locations.

              1. re: ddfry3

                I'm going to add my vote for Milagro in Webster Groves. i can't speak to 'authentic', but the food is all tasty and fresh, with lots of options that you just don't see in more standard Tex-Mex restaurants. I like El Maguey fine, particularly if I am traveling with the kiddos, but Milagro's food was fantastic. I mean, when is the last time you saw potatoes on the menu of a Mexican restaurant? Salmon? You KNOW that the entire country doesn't sit down every single night to a plate of tacos and white-cheese queso...kind of like my English niece being a little disappointed that we didn't eat hamburgers for dinner every night....but that's the impression you get from most Mexican restaurant menus. The chef was also very nice, actually pulling up a chair to discuss the 'corn smut' in the appetizer. (The absolutely delicious corn smut, I might add. If you get a chance (I believe it's billed as "Mexican truffles' on the menu) you really should try it).