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The Dish: Frida’s Mexican Restaurant

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Clockwise from center are the Riviera Maya seafood pineapple, tequila lime chicken, parrillada con todo, and the chef’s steak special. The drinks pictured are the homemade sangria and margarita. (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)

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Frida’s has a lively upscale atmosphere with brightly colored walls and decor. (Staff Intern: Danielle Ryan)

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Left, Frida’s offers a variety of homemade salsas with fresh tortilla chips. Pictured are the traditional tomato salsa, roasted tomato and pepper salsa and guacamole salsa with tomatillo. (Staff Intern: Danielle Ryan)

ON THE MENU

• Fiesta lime chicken salad — Grilled chicken breast on a bed of spring mix, bell peppers, tomatoes, tortilla strips and special lime dressing, $8.49

• Carne asada — Eight ounces of grilled skirt steak on a sizzling iron plate with grilled onions and bell pepper, served with lettuce, sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo, rice, refried beans and flour tortillas, $12.99

• Enchiladas con mole — Three wrapped corn tortillas filled with shredded chicken dipped in mole sauce and topped with Mexican cream, fresh cheese and onions, served with rice and refried beans, $9.49

Frida’s Mexican Restaurant

706 Grayson Highway, Suite 206, Lawrenceville

770-513-3150

fridas-restaurant.com

• Open Since: July 2013

• Owner: Yeiny Sanchez of Lawrenceville

• Location: Frida’s is tucked into the Village Shopping Center off Grayson Highway in Lawrenceville.

• Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

• Atmosphere: The restaurant has an upscale, modern atmosphere with booth, table and bar seating. There are unique wicker light fixtures and artwork lining the walls. The bar is marble, the floors are stone and everything is brightly colored. The restaurant has a small outdoor patio that will be expanded in the near future. Spanish-language music plays lightly and ranges from slower ballads to upbeat salsas.

• Menu: Frida’s is a Mexican restaurant with a gourmet twist. The restaurant prides itself on bringing Mexican food into the 21st century with a modern flair in its menu options and decor.

All of the salsas are made fresh in house. There are several to choose from, including the guacamole salsa with fresh jalapenos and onions, traditional red salsa, roasted tomato and pepper salsa and Abel’s spicy salsa.

One of the most popular dishes is the Riviera Maya seafood pineapple. Each serving is a halved pineapple stuffed with scallops, shrimp, tilapia, peppers and a mushroom cheese sauce. While it sounds unusual, chef Abel Gonzalez has discovered that some of the best dishes come from mixing unique and interesting items.

Some of the other most popular dishes are the enchiladas suizas, the chef’s steak special and tequila lime chicken. The recipes were all created using experience from Gonzalez’s 19 years working in Mexican restaurants.

There is also a low carb section on the menu that offers healthier versions of some of the popular items.

A lunch menu is offered until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and includes a selection of $4.99 lunch specials.

Drinks include sodas, tea, Mexican bottled sodas, horchata, aguas frescas and the restaurant has a full bar. Margaritas are made using a special mix and the sangria is made using three different wines.

All of the desserts are made fresh in-house. They include flan, churros, fried ice cream, sopapillas and chocoflan. The chocoflan is a devil’s food cake baked with flan so the two flavors combine.

• Things you might not know: Sanchez and Gonzalez met working in a kitchen at another Mexican restaurant. They worked together for many years before deciding to open their own place. Frida’s is named after their daughter, Frida, who is named for Frida Kahlo, the famous Mexican painter.

Musicians play at the restaurant every Saturday and there is a clown that paints faces and makes balloon animals for children Wednesday evenings.

Chef Gonzalez is working on a vegetarian menu and additional healthy options.