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4 Things You Need to Know about Vida

  • Downtown Indianapolis in the Lockerbie Square neighborhood (601 E. New York Street)
  • Closed Sundays & Mondays, open for dinner starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday
  • Menu is seasonal, focusing on Eastern European and Middle Eastern influences
  • Don't forget to order the short ribs & the ricotta donuts!

Click here to check out Vida on Yelp Indy.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - CBS4 This Morning continues our Nicole in Your Neighborhood series with Yelp to give you an inside look at local businesses in our community.  Anchor Nicole Pence will bring you a new feature story every Wednesday on CBS4 This Morning.

The Lockerbie Square historic district is a quaint neighborhood downtown Indianapolis. Many of the buildings date from the 1850s, including the James Whitcomb Riley Home once occupied by the famous Hoosier poet.

This week, Nicole shows us a new spot in the Lockerbie Square neighborhood that's combining historical and contemporary. Vida opened in February.

"We are trying to go for a comfortable feel," explained Vida Executive Chef Layton Roberts.

Vida opened in February off East New York Street in the historic Lockerbie Square neighborhood. The flooring from the original restaurant was preserved and restored.

Vida combines the old and the new.

"We saved the old building and added something aesthetically to look at," says Roberts.

Fresh lettuce and herbs greet diners on the hydroponic wall inside Vida.

"That’s our hydroponic wall. Vida means life. Our idea was to incorporate a living, breathing thing into our restaurant. You are having lettuce that is actually still alive until up to service when we cut if off the steam," says Roberts.

The menu features two dining styles, an a la carte seasonal menu and a rotating 5-course tastings menu for $65.

"You will not leave here wanting more food," says Chef Robert.s

Our friend Brittany Smith from Yelp Indy says Yelpers like the fine dining experience yet casual feel of Vida.

Prices for cocktails start at $10 and meals range between $20-50.

"A lot of restaurants in Indy are starting to make their ingredients in house and when you walk into Vida a perfect example of that is hydroponic wall which Yelpers love," says Smith.

What should you order?

The online Yelp reviews point out the short ribs. For 72 hours, the short ribs "cook" in this hot bath. The water temperature is at 142 degrees.

"They are super tender! Time and time again you see those in the reviews," explains Smith.

For dessert, order the ricotta donuts. It's a family recipe from the staff. The donuts are made to order and topped with freshly churned brown butter ice cream and maple whip cream.

Don't miss out on these other local eateries in the Lockerbie Square neighborhood:

Click here to find Vida on Facebook.

Click here Vida's Twitter handle.


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