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Vida Cantina

Vida Cantina

For this week's blog post we headed down the road from the Port Inn Portsmouth to a restaurant very close to Roger's Redliner Diner. We're very happy to announce that this blog features the new Mexican restaurant on 2456 Lafayette Rd, in Portsmouth, called Vida Cantina! To help us learn more about this fine establishment, we spoke with General Manager, Molly Woodhouse.

Thank you for having us, Molly. Please tell us a bit about Vida Cantina.

Vida Cantina is a modern Mexican restaurant using the best local, seasonal and organic ingredients. We are a vibrant gathering place where everyone can enjoy life with soulful food and imaginative cocktails in an unpretentious and relaxed environment. We are a fresh take on made to order Mexican inspired cuisine.

To start things off we had the Farm Kale Salad.

It's made with masa croutons, almonds, cotija cheese, chayote squash, and sherry vinaigrette.

Next, we tasted a delicious dish, the chips and salsa, and a drink on the side as well.

The Chilequiles is from our Rock & Roll Sunday brunch menu. It is corn tortilla chips, sunny side egg, crema, onion, fresca, avocado, and Vida salsa rona.
The Chips & Salsa Fresca are corn tortilla chips with our house salsa fresco.
The Vida Sunrise Chelada is a beer cocktail with Sauza blue reposado, blood orange puree, Angostura bitters, and Negra Modelo.

We can't come to a Mexican restaurant without trying the tacos, so that's exactly what we did. We also tried another refreshing beverage.

The Carnitas Tacos have slow roasted pork, salsa verde, and red cabbage slaw.
The Paloma is house tequila, lime, and grapefruit soda.

For our last menu item we had the Carne Asada Enchilada.

It is crafted with braised local beef, Chihuahua cheese, red and green chili sauce, black beans and achiote rice.

Thank you for everything Molly, the food was excellent and we had a great time at Vida Cantina! Before we go, what does it mean to you to be an independent business in Portsmouth, NH?

As a locally owned and operated business we feel as though we have a strong connection and commitment to the community. What we have created is a place that is truly original and has a soul - we like to think Vida has a feeling of family.

If you enjoy Mexican food as much as we do, want a restaurant that has an easy place to park close by, and want to try a great blend of different flavors, then Vida Cantina is the place for you. Stop by the next time you're in the area!

Make sure to check out the slideshow below because it's packed with extra dishes, drinks, and bonus shots from the photo shoot. The extra dishes and drinks include the Chicken Confit Drumstick (tamarind glaze, house pickles, mustard seeds, micro cilantro), the Churros (vanilla sugar, Maine blueberry fribble), The Drink Kit (can of Tecate beer, shot of El Jimador blanco), Sangre de Maria blanco (tequila, tomato juice, house hot sauce), La Flaca (El Jimador tequila, fresh lime juice, agave orange liqueur) and the Las Flores (hibiscus syrup, grapefruit bitters, Prosecco, lemon). Thanks for reading and stay tuned for our next post!


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