Chava’s Mexican Restaurant is Sizzlin in Soulard
ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – The past several years, St. Louis has experienced an explosion of Mexican cuisine, with new restaurants popping up offering, both authentic and modern-day options. But one that continues to please is Chava’s Mexican Restaurant, a corner neighborhood place located at 925 Geyer Ave. in Soulard. The locals love it, voting the restaurant the best Mexican spot in St. Louis. And if you’re a huge Tex-Mex fan, it’s said to possibly be the most coveted place in the area.
If you’re looking for fancy or spicy or glitzy, you’re in the wrong place. It’s a small restaurant with a very straight forward and simple menu. However, if you want large portions of delicious, unique Mexican cuisine and tangy, to die for margaritas, you’re right where you want to be.
In Mexico, the word Chava is a “nick name” for a Guadalajaran native named, Salvador, who happens to be the basis for the restaurant’s recipes. He also happens to have been the owner, Chris Ybarra’s, grandfather. After years of managing other Mexican restaurants, Chris decided it was time to venture out on his own.
Plan on going in with a big appetite, cause you’ll be met with a lavish amount of fresh salsa and tortilla chips to start things off. The fajita platter and its close appetizer cousins, the fajita quesadilla and fajita nachos, are all sizzling-steak standouts. So are the tacos de Guadalajara, flash-fried flour tortillas stuffed with seasoned ground beef, a blend of grated Monterey and Parmesan cheeses, topped off with lettuce, tomato, and onions.
Other favorites are the vegetable quesadilla, overflowing with carrots, zucchini, green beans, onions, baby corn and red, yellow and green peppers, and the fish taco, which has won praise from many local food critics and fish-lovers alike! You can also Build A Burrito by starting with a warm 13 inch flour tortilla layered with refried beans and cheese, and then choosing your own add-on favorites.
For severe gluten allergies, there’s plenty on the menu to choose from. Food portions are quite generous so be prepared to take some home. And saving the best for last… just specify a fresh-fruit margarita and choose from ten different flavors. Word has it the frozen mango margarita is especially exceptional and just perfect for an afternoon on the patio. Whether you stop in for lunch or dinner, are on a date or just hanging out with friends, check out Chava’s…you won’t be disappointed.
Contributing Editor: Kara Savio