It’s muy caliente outside; there’s no mistaking that. Fortunately, this week’s outing takes you into the sweet AC for a cool night of foreign film and Mexican food in Webster Groves.
On Tue., July 31, Webster will feature the Colombian animated film, Gordo Y Bajito (Fat, Bald, Short Man) in the cool environs of its Winifred Moore Auditorium. In this story from Carlos Osuna, our hero, Antonio (whose description is the movie’s title), is the only incorruptible man in Bogata’s notary office, but he also is the target of torment at the hands of his co-workers and bullying brother. His fortune begins to improve when his doppleganger is hired to replace his outgoing boss.
For dinner, keep it local – and keep your drive time in the hot car to a minimum – with dinner at the newest Mexican restaurant in Webster Groves: La Cantina. Situated less than a mile from the auditorium on North Gore, you’ll find a festive atmosphere and a tapas-style menu that is ideal before you see the film.
Tapas make it fun to taste your way around the menu, which is just what the botanas chiquitas encourage you to do. Chimichangas de Espinaca is a vegetarian treat. The flour tortilla is stuffed with spinach, mushrooms, poblano chiles, onion and cheddar cheese. Taquitos de Bistec is a bit heartier. A corn tortilla is filled with a mix of marinated steak, chilies and limes. Close out your delightful tasting menu with the Empanadas de Cerdo. The delicate pastry is baked with a stuffing of shredded pork, corn, peppers, onion, garlic and spices.
Any classic Mexican meal should include a classic margarita and guacamole. Your dinner at La Cantina is no exception. It’s a great way to kick off your evening.
La Cantina, 35 North Gore Ave., Webster Groves, 314.968.3258.
Gordo, Calvo Y Bajito (Fat, Bald, Short Man), Webster University Film Series, Winifred Moore Auditorium, 470 East Lockwood, Webster Groves, 314.968.7487, webster.edu/filmseries. Tickets are $6 for the general public; $5 for seniors, Webster alumni and students from other schools; $4 for Webster University staff and faculty; and free for Webster students with proper ID.
Every Thursday, Amy Burdge recommends a restaurant to attend before a local cultural event for a great night out. Missed one of her Dinner & A Show columns? Get them all here. Outside of FEAST, Burdge writes Eat It, St. Louis!, a blog dedicated to the pure love of food, the artistry and passion of those who create it and the sheer experience it provides.