¡Viva La Frida! Café y Galeria: "Best Food as Art" Top 5 Page for this destination Tampa Restaurant Tip by sarahjayn
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Viva la Frida is probably the best example of survival in the restaurants-built-in-homage-to-dead-Marxist-Surrealist-Mexican-painters genre that I can think of.
Originally, Viva la Frida was located in Ybor City, the historic Latin district of Tampa. But, when trendier places started moving in, burritos and pico de gallo were no longer paying the bills. So, poor little VLF (then Angelica's Mexican Cafe and Frida Khalo Homage, named after super-nice owner Angelica Diaz) packed it up and moved to cheaper pastures in Seminole Heights. Though the little strip of Florida Avenue they are now on is not as interesting as Ybor, the restaurant itself is as awesome as ever. The food's not at all Taco-Bellish (I don't eat there, but I've heard things) and the Frida-Khalo-inspired art is awesome. Also, there is a full gallery that hosts showings, mainly from local artists.
Favorite Dish: The Starvin' Artists specials here are cheap and good. I'm kind of a tubby artist, but they let me order it anyway.
Address: 5901 N Florida Avenue, Tampa, Florida
Comparison: less expensive than average
Price: less than US$10
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