I don't know about "authentic", but well seasoned, served promptly and hot with lots of flavor make me a fan of this fabulous old timer in Florissant, MO. Since returning from San Antonio some 9 years ago, twice we tried to dine at Ruiz, and the waits were interminable. We went there for lunch on a Saturday and basically had the restaurant to ourselves.
The chips are fresh, not greasy and properly salted. The "free" salsa were super. I have been so disappointed in Mexican restaurants who only add heat, and no flavors, the tomato based was chunky and had other fresh veggies. The Verde, may have had a touch to much vinegar, but was good.
I had a "build your own plate" and the spinach empanada was as good as it gets. The problem is there are too many tasty looking items to make an easy decision.
The service was way above average, and the server very pleasant.
Definitely going back for more and more and more!
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