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Malinche Mexican Culinary Experience

The name Malinche Mexican Culinary Experience might be a mouthful, but it is fitting for the new restaurant from the family behind the late Señor Pique, led by Angel Jimenez-Gutiérrez and his mother, María Gutiérrez Molina. Dishes here unfold as family histories: a fried bean tamale like those Jimenez-Gutiérrez would buy from a subway vendor on the way to visit his grandmother; a fish taco inspired by the fried-fish vendors his father would take him to see in the Tacuba area of Mexico City; a soup that nods to street corn but also to the popcorn seasonings at Mexico City movie theaters. The dishes are delicious without context, but inviting a conversation with Malinche's staff about any or all of what you order turns a visit here into a memorable, yes, experience.

Hours: Dinner daily, lunch Saturday-Sunday (closed Tuesday)

Last year's ranking: New this year

Opened: 2019

Many St. Louis-area restaurants are closed or limiting their dining options during the coronavirus pandemic.