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Inside Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina 

This week Ian Froeb reviews two Mexican restaurants: The reborn St. Louis institution Arcelia's and the Galleria location of Charlotte, North Carolina, -based Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina. Here's a look inside Vida.

Read Ian Froeb's review of Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina and Arcelia's.

Photos by Jennifer Silverberg for Riverfront Times.
Carnitas, crispy twice-cooked pork served with guacamole, pickled red onions, cilantro, and corn tortillas.
Shots all around, poured by bartender Steve Barton.
Churros at Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina.
Shots all around, poured by bartender Steve Barton.
Vida's "Chicken Tinga" is red-chile chicken and chorizo simmered in blackened tomato salsa, topped with a sunny-side-up egg and served with fresh flour tortillas.
Vida's bar.
Vida's taco platter comes with six tacos. Here, they are chicken, carnitas and carne asada.
Vida's skinny margarita
Vida's handcrafted guac with chips and salsa.
The exterior of Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina.
View of Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina from the Galleria.
View of Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina from the Galleria.
Inside Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina.
Inside Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina.
Inside Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina.
Vida's bar.
Vida's frozen margarita
Inside Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina.
High-top tables in the bar area.
Inside Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina.
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Carnitas, crispy twice-cooked pork served with guacamole, pickled red onions, cilantro, and corn tortillas.
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