Lucha's Mexican Soul Food 

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Lucha (522 North Grand Boulevard; 314-833-9993) opened on October 24, serving a full menu of self-proclaimed Mexican soul food, now available for lunch and dinner. As reported by Gut Check, Lucha mixes contemporary culinary methods with traditional Mexican flavors including chile de árbol, guajillo and more. Photos by Jennifer Silverberg.
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North Grand's Lucha, across from the Fox Theatre.
North Grand's Lucha, across from the Fox Theatre.
Lucha's owner, Hugo Perez.
Lucha's dining room.
Lucha's dining room.
Lucha's dining room.
A cactus sits atop each table.
Lucha's dining room.
Luchador posters hang on the restaurant's back wall.
Lucha's bar.
Cook Pablo Rojas at the woks.
Woks.
Lucha's salsas range from salsa verde to arbol, morita and a mole.
Lucha's salsas range from salsa verde to arbol, morita and a mole.
"Pozole Rojo" is a consommé of arbol and ancho chiles served with crisped pulled pork, hominy and julienned cabbage.
"Pozole Rojo" is a consommé of arbol and ancho chiles served with crisped pulled pork, hominy and julienned cabbage.
"Asada y Tocino" is a stew of black beans with crispy pork belly, seared beef brisket and onions.
"Asada y Tocino" is a stew of black beans with crispy pork belly, seared beef brisket and onions.
From front to back: Asada taco, a beef brisket with seared onion and salsa; pescado taco, tempura-style fish with a vinaigrette coleslaw and salsa verde; and an al pastor taco with pulled pork, seared pineapple, guajillo and ancho chiles.
From front to back: Asada taco, a beef brisket with seared onion and salsa; pescado taco, tempura-style fish with a vinaigrette coleslaw and salsa verde; and an al pastor taco with pulled pork, seared pineapple, guajillo and ancho chiles.
On the left, a tinga taco with shredded turkey, seared onion and infused with tomato chipotle chile; and on right the tocino taco, pork belly with salsa.
The mole poblano burrito brings slow-cooked turkey in a blend of chile peppers, peanuts, mole, crema fresca, black beans and rice.
"Sin Pecado" is a combination of simmered black beans, epazote rice and collard greens.
Churros for dessert.
Guacamole and chips with salsa.
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North Grand's Lucha, across from the Fox Theatre.