Tampa >Viva La Frida Cafe-Galeria
Lethargic servers. Excellent food, creative dishes at a reasonable price. Servers were lethargic and inattentive and made no attempt to deliver a pleasant dining experience to the customers. The art on the walls was interesting but a bit on the macabre side.
IT IS CLOSED.. The owners split up. There is a Honduran restaurant in the building now and it is awful. The food is lousy, the beer is warm and the place looks like a third world sports bar.
Love that Sangria. I think this place is so cool and creative. Definitely an artsy place for those who like their food spicy. The owner is so welcoming and the food was great. I just want to sit out on the patio and sip Sangria all day.
Diego Rivera would approve: Portraits of lovely Frida Kahlo strewn around the funky cafe, bohemian clientele and a vibrant Mexican menu..
It's like that Joni Mitchell song in reverse--they took a paved parking lot and put up a paradise. On an inauspicious industrial strip, the restaurant beckons like a mirage, its wacky façade painted bold primary colors with colored-glass accents. It overflows with heavy-eyebrowed portraits, plants, beads, carvings and the flotsam of high-spirited, local artistic types who congregate here for the feisty, affordable menu and the eclectic lineup of jazz, poetry and dance in the adjacent theater.
Angelica Diaz and John Ames' Mexican food is wholesome, flavorful, attractively presented and pretty darn cheap. Dishes like portobello mushroom skewers or Mucho Macho nachos err on the side of simplicity (the former is basically mushrooms, slightly under-grilled and served with a sweet soy sauce; the latter, chips and melted Jack). But the enchiladas are hearty, filled with either fragrant mole chicken or gooey Brie and artichokes. The black beans are sustaining, and the chocolate chimichangas--sweet bliss.
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