Vida Cantina

Vida Cantina is a chef-driven restaurant celebrating modern Mexican cuisine. Chef/Owner Dave Vargas pushes Mexican cuisine to the limit, bringing bright, adventurous flavors and locally grown ingredients together on a plate. Check it out…

Citrus Carpaccio • ruby red grapefruit, orange, vanilla, fennel-infused honey, candied almonds, micros •

mussels

Pacifico PEI Mussels • house-made chorizo, pickled jalapeños, salsa fresca, grilled bread •

Thank you, Vida Cantina, for supporting local Seafood and being in our Restaurant Supported Fishery

Riverside Farm Potato Tlayuda

Riverside Farm Potato Tlayuda • chorizo aioli, queso fresco, seeds •

Taco Trio • corn beef and cabbage| bangers and colcannon|shepherds pie •

OG Carrot Pibil • Cilantro hummus, pickled black beans, flint corn tostada •

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake Tres Leche almond salsa • cream cheese whip •

and of course, Cocktails…

drinks


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Haddock – Spring’s First Catch

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Haddock is one of New England’s more commonly known fish. A cousin to the cod, haddock’s meat is white, with a slightly sweet taste and a flaky consistency. The flesh is firm and tender and can be cooked in a variety of ways, including in soups and chowders. Try it Pan-Seared or Baked!


Culinary Profile


 

White Hake – the cousin of Cod

White HakeA slender fillet, fresh White Hake has an off-white color that turns white when cooked. Often compared with Atlantic Cod, they have a mild flavor and a softer texture (read the full culinary profile). Try it Pan-Fried with Garlic and Pepper, or with Saffron and Orange sauce! Hake can also be baked in the oven.

Roasted Hake With Sweet Peppers

Baked White Fish Fillet Recipe With Herbs

 


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Vida Cantina

Vida Cantina | Portsmouth, New Hampshire

modern Mexican cuisine and a supporter of local seafood

Vida Cantina’s food elevates our understanding of what Mexican food is or should be while elevating our understanding of what New England cuisine is or should be.” -December 2015 review by The Portsmouth Herald.

The colorful creations of David Vargas


Green Chile Chorizo Tortillas | Ibarra mole • Pink Lady apples • baby beets • lemon onions • BOOM peanuts • cotija | How’d they do it? The green chile chorizo is IN the masa.

Papas con Chorizo • salt-roasted sweet potato | chorizo vinaigrette | crema | queso cotija

Smoked NH Mushroom Company Tacos Fritos | Texas-style BBQ sauces • queso fresco • lemon onions • OG greens

Lunch Sopa | Tortilla Soup | fingerling potatoes | carrot mix | crema | tortilla strips

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Goat Cheese Fundido Ravioli | cilantro pasta | mushroom chorizo broth | epazote crumb

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60-hour sous vide steak | tetelas de queso | avocado radish salsa | Ibarra mole powder | epazote brown butter

David Vargas

David Vargas | Chef and owner of Vida Cantina


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Vida Cantina | 2456 Lafayette Rd, Portsmouth, NH 03801