A few weeks ago, on a Saturday night, my husband and I decided to go to The Epicenter, in uptown Charlotte for dinner. Actually, I think it was right around Valentines Day, so it was more than a few weeks ago! But, it left an indelible image and memory on my mind, and seems much more recent. We ended up at Vida: Mexican Kitchen Y Cantina, and what a good choice that was! I do believe it was the best dining out experience of my life!
First of all the ambiance and service were amazing. I guess you could consider it a fine dining restaurant, so that’s why the servers were so professional and kind. It was a little pricey, but it was TOTALLY worth it! The music had me chair dancing and the lights were at a perfect low level.
Starting with the chips and salsa, I noticed a difference from most restaurants, and we eat A LOT of Mexican food. The salsa had an interesting flavour. I couldn’t tell you what the ingredient was, but it was yummy.
For dinner I had Tacos Carne Asada. You can check out the menu here. And, for my sides I had green chile rice and grilled corn with queso fresco. The food was SO delicious. And, the portions weren’t huge like lots of restaurants, but I still brought some home with me, being pregnant I find I can’t eat much in one sitting.
We even had dessert! I had decaf coffee and we shared an ibarra Mexican chocolate creme brulee. It had a coffee flavor to it, and being chocolate was, of course, very good!
The whole experience was amazing. We even had Lizzy-Jane with us. She is a very good kid, but I think she was in particularly good form that night. I think our relaxed and happy mood just rubbed off on her.
Next time we have something to celebrate, we are going back! I loved that place! But, it is definitely a place to go for special occasions only, it’s not the cheep neighborhood restaurant.