Frida’s Mexican and Latin Cuisine [CLOSED]

28 01 2008

frida kahloIf you are familiar at all with Mexican art, then you might guess that Frida’s is inspired by the art and love story of Frida Kahlo. A quote attributed to Frida says “I paint self portraits because I am the person the I know best.” If the restaurant is based on Frida’s inspiration for her art, then the menu says everything about the chef. It has been a long time since I have visited a new restaurant and really enjoyed the food, mainly because most restaurants lack innovation and render out the same standard fare that everyone else in town produces. I applaud Frida’s for taking traditional Mexican and Latin dishes and making them unique and original.

The restaurant is located in the midst of a highly populated residential area in North San Antonio. One of the owners, Cathy, told us during our visit that they decided to stay away from the commercial explosion happening along the Loop 1604 corridor on the North because they wanted to promote themselves as a “neighborhood” restaurant. I will make an effort here to get the word out that Frida’s is a place that locals and visitors alike should make the trip for.

The interior of the restaurant is attractive, with table linens, comfortable seating, earth-toned hues, hand blown light pendants, and a rotating display of local artists’ works. My wife and I went during a slow period and the waitstaff was attentive and friendly. We were there for lunch and were really just looking for a light meal, so we didn’t eat much. But the quality of the food and the interesting menu will bring me back again for sure. Read the rest of this entry »


Beto’s Comida Latina: Caribbean/Mexican fusion

19 11 2007

I’m a sucker for Latin food. Its probably my heritage, but the food just tastes so darn good to me. On a recent trip to Puerto Rico, my wife and I visited Luquillo beach, a long stretch of beach in the shadow of El Yunque rain forest, unspoiled by hotels, and popular for its tranquil waters, palm trees, and local food. The beach is lined with about sixty food stands, Food stands at Luquilloall serving just about the same food, but each attracting its own share of beach-going families who return to the same exact eatery for one reason or another. The smells are incredible, and the food consists mainly of fried food, rice, seafoods, and beer (lots of beer). Which brings me to tell you about Beto’s Comida Latina.

Beto’s specialties are the empanadas – half-moon shaped pastry dough stuffed with various fillings and deep fried. At Luquillo, and all of Puerto Rico, for that matter, empanadas are the street food of the culture. As long as you have hot oil and a cooler full of empanadas and beer, you’re in business. Read the rest of this entry »