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Padrinos Mexican Restaurant offers Tex-Mex, street tacos and California-inspired Mexican cuisine on South Grand

On Sept. 1, Padrinos Mexican Restaurant debuted in St. Louis' South Grand dining district, featuring Tex-Mex, street tacos and California-inspired Mexican cuisine.

As reported by Feast in June, the concept comes from husband-and-wife duo Enrique and Christina Robles with Ciro Trapala and Rafa Rosas. Christina is a native of southern Illinois, while her husband – who previously co-owned La Catrina in Southampton – grew up in Veracruz, Mexico. Trapala and Rosas share duties as head chefs in Padrinos’ kitchen, and they both hail from central Mexico, residing in California until recently.

“I think it’s easy to say that this has been a dream of all of ours at some stage of our lives,” Christina says. “Enrique, Ciro and Rafa each have over 10 years of experience cooking and developing recipes. Our food comes with a lot of love; we put a lot of pride and passion into what we do.”

Padrinos – which translates to “godparents” in Spanish – fills the approximately 2,500-square-foot space previously occupied by a portion of Mangia Italiano. The walls received fresh coats of vibrant yellow and red paint, embellished with Mexican artwork and TVs. The food menu includes everything from tacos and burritos to enchiladas and fajitas.

“We’re offering a lot of the Tex-Mex favorites that people enjoy," Christina says. "In addition to that, we’ve introduced California-style crispy tacos to the area. The tortillas are filled with chicken or beef and are grilled on the comal, or flat iron skillet, until they’re crispy – similar to a taco salad shell.”

In addition to crispy tacos, Padrinos also offers street tacos on corn tortillas with onions and cilantro, served with a side of rice and beans; choose from asada (steak), carnitas (pork), pastor (marinated pork with pineapple) and chorizo. A set of vegetarian offerings includes chiles rellenos.

In addition to the vast daily menu of entrées and à la carte items, Padrinos also offers a breakfast menu on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 8 to 11am. Highlights include huevos rancheros, chilaquiles, omelets and sweets such as Concha Mexicana, a Mexican twist on French toast topped with strawberries, bananas, powdered sugar and La Lachera. To drink, choose from Bloody Marys, Mimosas, Micheladas and more.

“I’ve heard a lot of happy neighbors say they’ve been waiting for this type of Mexican food to come along for a long time,” Christina says. “There’s been a sort of rebirth on South Grand, and having our type of cuisine mix with all the others down this street is awesome. We’ll be striving to offer what the neighborhood wants out of our restaurant.”

Padrinos Mexican Restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 11am to 9pm, Friday from 11am to 1am, Saturday from 8am to 1am and Sunday from 8am to 9pm.

Padrinos Mexican Restaurant, 3143 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, Missouri, 314.282.0357,

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