Well and truly off topic and hopelessly local, but I couldn’t help but note the passing of the last remnants of the former local-legend Mexican restaurant line Casa Gallardo.  Ol’ Ramon Gallardo cashed in the franchise long ago, but several restaurants continued to operate the brand. 

Until now.

As a yoot on the mean streets of Jefferson County (yes, it explains a lot), heading north into the oh-so-high-class South St. Louis County for a meal at Casa Gallardo was like hitting Tony’s.  

I once broke up with a girl who ordered a hamburger instead of Tex-Mex.  True story. 

¡Adios, Casa Gallardo!