Best Mexican Restaurant

Chava's

Though Chava's has been recognized in these pages for its excellent specialty margs, it also has damn good food to serve alongside it. Don't fill up on the chips and salsa — they'll keep refilling the baskets until you say "Tio." After that, Chava's doesn't make things too complicated: There's the classic array of tacos, the build-your-own burrito and tamales that are made fresh daily. But the key to quality Mexican food is in the execution. The "El Mireko," a flash-fried burrito dish, has a crisp outside with a perfectly chewy center, and the vegetable quesadilla would satisfy even the most ardent carnivore. Throw in a few of those specialty margaritas, and it's easy to fall in love with this Soulard eatery.

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