SLC: Frida's Bistro
Wow! If this place was in Minneapolis, I'd eat there once a month, maybe more.
It is incongruously located in an industrial area of Salt Lake City, the restaurant is apparently an outgrowth of a mexican foods commissary business.
The atmosphere is funky-fancy with bright colors and comfortable furnishings.
The food is gourmet mexican. Huitlacoche quesadillas, the most amazing carnitas I've ever tasted, an interesting margarita menu (I enjoyed a blood orange, cinnamon and guajillo pepper marg with reposado upgrade).
I tasted the blue-corn meal crusted calamari, it was tender and good with just a bit of a spicy kick.
The carnitas were accompanied by excellent hand-made tortillas. There were many other items on the menu that looked like I'd enjoy them.
We didn't all get app/entree. One just got entree, one got app + soup. One had a beer, one did not drink. The cost was around $35 per person before tip.
Oh and the servers were friendly and professional.
I have to say, I wasn't wowed by Frida's. Although my dinner was quite good (Halibut Veracruz), I don't think it warranted a $27 price, given the overall ambiance of the place. My mango habanero margarita was so-so (even though the combination sounded amazing). We split the duck carnitas, which were good, but again, not a home run. Next trip, I'll go back to Red Iguana, which in my experience hits it out of the park every time.
545 West 700 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84101