FOOD! That’s what Comida means in Spanish. I like this word, a lot. I love to eat food, I love to talk about food, take pictures of it, and eventually write about it. This word, and this restaurant, is right up my alley.
I have experienced Alesha Sin Vanata’s vibe at her first Charlotte location, littleSpoon. A cute corner spot off of Selwyn Avenue across the street from Reid’s Fine Foods, Shain Gallery and TCBY. Serving up locally sourced meats, vegetables and coffees. Her taste in 90’s hip hop matches perfectly with the rustic and chic atmosphere. She brings to Comida exactly what she brought to littleSpoon. Fresh food and fresh vibes that come together in a modern way.
Taking over the long loved and bittersweet end to The Penguin in Plaza-Midwood, the bones are the same but the guts are new, beautiful and different than any other place in the Queen City. Now offering an enclosed patio area and bar as long as the back wall. Craft cocktails and tortilla chips made from scratch was enough to get me in the door. As named in their slogan, an elevated take on classic Mexican dishes. The menu is mainly tapas style and a few large entrees.
Apps and Drinks!
What else do you need in life? My bestie and I love to eat out. I have no problems getting her to come with me to new restaurants. We started off with their “chewy” chips, hand made tortilla chips and guacamole. I’m very particular with my guacamole, so much so that I claim to not like at all because I typically don’t enjoy what most restaurants put out. Check out that beautiful margarita! Made with shaved ice! Mine was a little less gorgeous in presentation but tasted much better in my opinion. Next up were similar to spanakopita, except with kale. Which at first seems weird, I expected it to be tough and bitter since I don’t really like kale. Surprisingly it was soft and balanced well with the cheesy mixture. Perfect little bites to dip in their habanero avocado crema, definitely ordering these next time!
Shredded pork is amazing in just about any way you can present it to me. These freshly made, super thick tortillas hold up to the juicy tomato and shredded meat. The most incredible flavors, by far my favorite thing so far on the menu. We of course had to try their tacos, because tacos. I usually get the Al Pastor whenever I see it on a menu. Comida’s creation is right alongside my other favorites offered at Cantina and Sabor.
The 2nd weirdest thing I’ve ever eaten, 1st being bone marrow, is octopus! It wasn’t chewy like I was expecting, firm and a bit like the texture of shrimp. It was char grilled paired with slices of grapefruit, radishes and cucumber. A great way to cut the deep taste of octopus.
Dessert is everyone’s favorite right?! We just had to get two! This little dessert trio was so awesome! Coconut macaroons, walnut no-bake cookies and little caramel soft cookie sandwiches. I savored every single little bite. Then if that wasn’t enough, the sweet biscuits with tres leches drizzle put us over the top! So I recommend just ordering one.
And just for good measure, if you didn’t document it…did it even happen?