Coco Chanel once said “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” That’s how I’d describe Chef Michael and Tara Gallina’s trendy new restaurant in the Cortex corridor.
Vicia has fomented both local and national buzz since it opened last year. So gird yourself for adventure. The place is chic, yet relaxed and the service flawless. It’s not just the spacious decor, covered patio, or the wide windows, there’s the thrill of knowing you’re in for a culinary journey with an award-winning chef. The menu is designed for sharing several small plates, which most people enjoy; it makes dining a convivial sport.
Meet Michael & Tara
A Sassy Menu
Customers perusing the menu are tantalized by an array of small plates with such names as: Naked Vegetables; Maine Peekytoe Crab; Goose Egg Ice Cream; and Purple Top Turnip Tacos. The concept is “veggie-centric,” which means vegetables highlight most menu items, though there are always several meat dishes as well.
The build-your-own taco dish begins with micro-thin slices of large purple-top turnips actings as the pocket for a tray of ingredients: crushed beans, kale, pickled red onions, salsa verde, squash hot sauce, charred vegetable mole, summer squash, and pork crumble. You’ll not miss the traditional corn tortilla shell in the least.
Vicia: A National Winner
In addition to local acclaim, Vicia has earned a 2018 James Beard Award semifinalist slot; a place among the 12 Best New Restaurants in America by Eater; a Bon Appetit Top 50 New Restaurants award; Food & Wine Best New Chefs listing; and Best New Restaurant in America designation by both USA Today, (ranked #2) and Esquire magazine.
Vicia. Cortex Innovation Community, 4260 Forest Park Avenue, entrance on Boyle at the corner of Duncan Ave. Open: Lunch Mon-Fri 11a-1:30p; Midday Wed-Fri 3p-5:30p (Bar area/Patio only); Dinner Tue – Thu 5:30p-9:30p; Fri-Sat 5:30p-10p. Reservations: Not needed for lunch; but best for dinner.
Daytime Parking: Meters along Boyle and Duncan and Forest Park Ave. Surrounding parking lots are reserved during day for registered Cortex employees. Evening Parking: After 4p, the Cortex parking lot across from the front door on Boyle offers free parking and a lot behind Vicia is accessible after 5p.