What better way to start your work week than meeting up with a friend on a Monday night at your favorite Mexican restaurant and taking advantage of $2 off margaritas? Viva DF Tequila and Taco Bar is an authentic Mexican street food style restaurant located in Morrisville. When I first came here the décor, service and the support for using local food made me instantly fall in love and I knew I needed to go back.
The Monday night I came in, it was beautiful outside and I definitely wanted to take advantage of it. The restaurants indoor décor is very fun and colorful. The artwork is quite beautiful. The outside seating was your normal patio seating but had string lights and purple lights on the bushes that added a nice touch. They keep it simple, but still very cute.
After sitting at my table, within the first 3 minutes (not even kidding), we received a basket of warm chips and salsa. I mean who does not enjoy throwing down on some chips and salsa? What I did like about these chips is that they had an extra crunch and the salsa was chunkier than the usual ones at most Mexican restaurants. The salsa had a little kick, but for the most part I would consider it mild. After receiving the chips, we were immediately served our water which was always being refilled. I did feel like our waiter was constantly checking on us, which I appreciated.
The perfect way to make a Monday more magical (sarcasm) would be ordering a Margarita from here and getting $2 off (this is every Monday)! This restaurant has some of the tastiest margaritas I’ve ever had. I cannot put into words how fresh they taste. I ordered the classic margarita called the DF (Originally $7) and it came with a slice of lime in it and a thin orange wedge on the edge of the glass. You can taste all the different fresh citrus that was squeezed into this drink. There was lime, orange, lemon and it was perfectly balanced with the alcohol. It also was not overly sweet, which is a plus is for me. It was light, tangy and the exact drink you should order on a warm night.
I ordered the Vegetarian Tacos ($10.95) and you by no means need to be a vegetarian to enjoy these completely satisfying tacos. Flavor is not lacking at all. The peppers are sautéed with Mexican spices and they are not sautéed until mushed. They have amazing texture. Also, included in this taco is local Brussels sprouts (YUM) that have a nice crisp outside layer. Then there is fresh guac on top, and now if that does not sound like a delicious taco then you are in for something even better. What really drew me into ordering these tacos, for the second time mind you, was the fried cheese. Oh my goodness. It is literally what takes these tacos over the top and is what keeps me coming back for more. A fresh corn tortilla, a delicious layer of fried cheese, loaded with flavorful veggies then topped with house made guacamole; you cannot go wrong in ordering these tacos!
The sides that my meal came with were beans and yellow rice. The beans were pureed and topped with cotija cheese. Now, the beans do have a kick and I would suggest ordering something to replace that side if you cannot handle spice. The rice was great. It was seasoned and topped with fresh pico de gallo. How I worked my plate is that I would take the taco, dip it into the beans then the rice; talk about the perfect bite!
My friend ordered the Chimichanga ($11.50). This meal is literally a party in your mouth. It comes plated on top of queso, and is loaded to the brim with tender shredded chicken (originally comes with shredded beef but she opted for chicken), beans, rice and grilled plantains on the side. This is a Chimichanga that you would eat with a fork and it is also a huge portion, so be expecting leftovers (leftovers are the best). The outside flour tortilla is lightly fried and they are not bashful with the filling. The chicken is shredded, perfectly seasoned and very tender. The beans and rice are also seasoned and compliment the chicken well. The grilled plantains are a nice touch and it gives the chimichanga that sweetness that takes this dish over the edge. Every time my friend goes to Viva DF, with or without me, she always orders this dish. I am very thankful for all the bites she lets me take when we are together.
To complete this meal, my friend and I decided to get the Plátano dessert ($6.95) because we truly love plantains so much. The plantain dessert came with half a plantain caramelized on top of a drizzle of white chocolate sauce. It was served with a bowl of vanilla ice cream that was topped with cinnamon and two baked fluffy tortilla chips that also was coated with cinnamon. This dessert was truly a cinnamon delight and took plenty care of our sweet tooth.
This place represents my perfect idea of a Mexican restaurant. They use fresh ingredients and take simple dishes and turn them into something completely pleasing to your palate. I love the colorful atmosphere, the prompt service and of course the $2 off Margarita Monday.
Kristel works for an awesome marketing firm in Chapel Hill and studied at Liberty University where she received her Bachelor’s in Business Communications. She is passionate about eating real food and creating homemade meals that she can serve around the table for friends and family. Things that bring her much enjoyment are: being outside, eating at local restaurants, popcorn and watching TV shows with her hubby. On Saturday morning, you can catch her strolling through a farmers market with a latte in hand. Follow her on Instagram @kristel_kazda and check out her blog at athistableblog.com.