2013 Hot New Restaurants

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Vida Cantina

Jay McSharry’s take on re-envisioned Mexican cuisine is housed in a former Friendly’s restaurant. Charming booth seating remains and so does the ice cream made in house, this time with a more creative inclination and local cream. Recently the bar area was expanded so there is more room to start sampling the 40 tequilas and interesting margaritas on the drink list. Specials add interest to the short entrée menu, which features local seafood. Find authentic Mexican cheeses, queso fresco and Oaxaca in enchiladas with slow-roasted chicken or smoked beef brisket. Cod from our coast can be the centerpiece of the fish taco while local flounder is marinated in a ceviche appetizer. Pretty presentations are part of the appeal too. Just love those tiny cast iron skillets.

Hours: Open for lunch and dinner daily.
Not to Miss: After dinner, try the Ibarra chocolate tres leches cake with ancho cream ($6).
Where: Vida Cantina, 2456 Lafayette Rd., Portsmouth
Contact: (603) 501-0648, vidacantinanh.com

 

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