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Diablitos Cantina nudges the Tex-Mex envelope

Menus at local Mexican restaurants tend to fall into one of two categories: They’re either predictable collections of tacos, enchiladas and burritos — almost inevitably accompanied by beans and rice and not much else — or they try to push the envelope of what most St. Louis diners consider “Mexican.” Diablitos Cantina doesn’t fit easily into either camp. On the one hand, its food is the creation of chef Chris Lee, whose pan-Latin work at Sanctuaria in the Grove has been anything but predictable. On the other hand, the location on the edge of the St. Louis University campus means

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Hot Eats: Diablitos Cantina

Complexity is a tricky thing to master. This is true whether the end product is a taco, a tequila, a new restaurant or an entire vertically integrated business model. In the case of Dr. Gurpreet Padda and Ami Grimes and their newest venture, Diablitos Cantina, it’s all of the above. Add too much complexity, and the duo risks overwhelming the average customer, who was perhaps lured into the devilishly tasty joint by the huge skull mural and the giant metal T-Rexes outside. With the restaurant’s location near Saint Louis University, customers are likely to be in search of Mexican street

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Diablitos Cantina celebrates their Grand Opening – January 20, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Diablitos Cantina 3761 Laclede Avenue Saint Louis, MO  63108 www.diablitoscantina.com Diablitos Cantina celebrates their Grand Opening – January 20, 2012  Saint Louis, MO (January 20, 2012) – Diablitos Cantina, a Mexican street fare dining concept, is proud to announce their Grand Opening, Friday January 20, 2012.  Please join these “little devils” for their daylong fiesta featuring a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 3pm, Happy Hour Specials from 3pm – 7pm, music by DJ Carlos G. Charles from 7pm – midnight and prize drawings every 15 minutes. Diablitos, brought to you by In Good Company, LLC, owned by Ami

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Diablitos Cantina on Great Day St. Louis

  Chef Wil Pelly from Diablitos Cantina is showing us how to make a watermelon chipotle salsa.  

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Sauce: The Scoop: Diablitos to offer Mexican fare and tequila drinks in Midtown

The Scoop: Diablitos to offer Mexican fare and tequila drinks in Midtown December 13th 12:12pm, 2011 Diablitos Cantina, the latest project by Dr. Gurpreet Padda and Ami Grimes – owners of Café Ventana, Sanctuaria and Chuy Arzola’s – debuts this week. The cantina, located at 3761 Laclede Ave., previously home to now-shuttered Iggy’s Mexican Cantina, will offer a variety of Mexican eats. The selection of small bites, known as bocaditos, will include the likes of quesadillas, street corn and sopitos (small corn patties filled with refried beans and garnishes). Other items will include huaraches (Mexican-style pizzas made with flour tortillas),

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Feast: THE FEED: Now Open: A Look at the New Diablitos Cantina

THE FEED: Now Open: A Look at the New Diablitos Cantina FEAST Staff Photography by Brandi Wills Dec 16, 2011 Diablitos Cantina opens its doors today near the St. Louis University campus, and we dropped by a preview party last night to sample some of the house cocktails, infused tequilas and modern Mexican street fare. Opening at 4pm today, the restaurant comes from Gupreet Padda and Ami Grimes, the owners of Chuy Arzola’s, Sanctuaria Wild Tapas and Cathedral Square Brewery. They say they went through 200 to 300 recipes to get exactly what they wanted on the Diablitos menu and

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Urban Spoon

    We think Diablitos is great, but don’t simply take our word for it. See what others are saying about our food and drink on Urban Spoon. We think you’ll find that we make every effort to bring you the freshest ingredients in our menu and the widest selection of Tequila this side of the Mississippi. See for yourself.

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Cat’s Picks: Dinner at Diablitos Cantina

FEAST’s Cat Neville chats with McGraw Milhaven about how the owner of the new Bin No. 51 in Edwardsville is making wine more approachable (and one of the shop’s surprising top-sellers) and the Mexican fare she dug into (Tacos Al Pastor, Diablitos salsa with habañeros and agave nectar) at the recently opened Diablitos Cantina. Click here to listen. (Diablitos segment begins at 4:50)

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Diablitos Cantina Opens Today in Midtown

Diablitos Cantina Opens Today in Midtown By Kylah Brown December 16, 2011 11:41 AM The recent brainchild of Gurpreet Padda and Ami Grimes, the dynamic duo you can thank for Sanctuaria, Cafe Ventana and Chuy Arzola’s, offers “spirits and sustenance” with a Mexican flare. Those who miss the recently closed El Borracho will find solace in this Mexican-street-vendor-concept cantina which opens today at 4 p.m. Diablitos (3761 Laclede Ave., 314-644-4430, www.diablitoscantina.com), which has a distinct Dia de los Muertos feel, touts house-infused tequilas, traditional margaritas, horchatas—as well as beer and wine. And let’s not forget about the sustenance, which you’ll

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Gurpreet Padda & Ami Grimes Transform Midtown Iggy’s Into Diablitos Cantina (those little devils)

Gurpreet Padda & Ami Grimes Transform Midtown Iggy’s Into Diablitos Cantina (those little devils) By George Mahe September 5, 2011 7:50 AM Last time we checked in with Dr. Gurpreet Padda and Ami Grimes, owners and developers of Cafe Ventana,Sanctuaria, and Chuy Arzola’s, they were moving the latter from 3701 Lindell (at The Coronado) to the former Iggy’s location at 3761 Laclede in Midtown. We should check in more often… Chuy’s was scheduled to close last week–it’s still open–and the new “Chuy’s” is not Chuy’s at all. Quietly and–until the tarps were lifted to reveal the building facade–clandestinely, they have been putting the final touches

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