January 21, 2013

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.

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Carnitas, crispy twice-cooked pork served with guacamole, pickled red onions, cilantro, and corn tortillas.
Carnitas, crispy twice-cooked pork served with guacamole, pickled red onions, cilantro, and corn tortillas.
Shots all around, poured by bartender Steve Barton.
Shots all around, poured by bartender Steve Barton.
Churros at Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina.
Churros at Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina.
Shots all around, poured by bartender Steve Barton.
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 "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 bar.
Vida's taco platter comes with six tacos. Here, they are chicken, carnitas and carne asada.
Vida's taco platter comes with six tacos. Here, they are chicken, carnitas and carne asada.
Vida's skinny margarita
Vida's skinny margarita
Vida's handcrafted guac with chips and salsa.
Vida's handcrafted guac with chips and salsa.
The exterior of Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina.
The exterior of Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina.