Best Restaurant 2018 Winner


Initially concepted as a test kitchen for other Cunningham Restaurant Group properties, Vida quickly found its own footing in a grand Lockerbie Square building that exudes a European lodge vibe with artful plates to match. Among selections that might include a pristine hamachi crudo and salmon filets redolent with “everything bagel” spices, salads sourced from the hydroponic wall in the kitchen are a mainstay. The six-course tasting menu simplifies decision-making, although FOMO is still possible, especially when you see pastry chef Hattie McDaniel’s bourbon-glazed ricotta doughnuts at the next table.

Executive chef Thomas Melvin brings his contemporary American sensibilities to Vida, transitioning from Union 50.

“Everyone seems to want to eat at 7 p.m., especially on Fridays and Saturdays, but there are always reservations to be had—even at the last minute—if you can time your visit before 6 p.m. or after 8:30 p.m.” — Roddy Kirschenman, general manager and sommelier

601 E. New York St., 317-420-2323