Charrovida reopened with a Plant Plus+ refreshed menu and lower prices. After a two-month closure, guests can now join the restaurant for limited dine-in and patio seating, take-out or curbside pick-up.
Prior to COVID, Charrovida was a spot I regularly visited because of its menu and location at the Casas Adobes Plaza. When I lived in Casas Abobes, it was convenient to have a quality restaurant in my own neighborhood.
As much as I love to indulge, I also enjoy finding healthy options in Tucson. Charrovida, a Flores Concept and Sí Charro brand, has been sharing healthy and flavorful cuisine since it first opened in May 2019. The Mediterranean-Sonoran menu includes some variations from their 98-year-old founding brand, El Charro Café.
In case you needed a few incentives to visit, Charrovida is offering 22% off food orders from now thru Wednesday, July 22. Additionally, the Christmas in July promotion is running for a BOGO $100 gift card (for all Sí Charro brands).
Returning to Charrovida
When I heard that Charrovida reopened, I made it a priority to show my support. Yesterday, I stopped by for take-out and an unexpected cocktail.
After I placed my order with the cashier, I walked around the restaurant to see what was different with the implemented changes. This included:
- Social distancing stickers outside the restaurant’s entrance
- Separate pen holders to distinguish sanitized pens
- Single-use menus
- Limited and spaced indoor seating
- Plastic curtains to allow even more social distancing
- Designated-parking for curbside and to-go orders
- Staff in masks
Their Sí 100 Point Plan keeps everyone safe while providing a positive take-out or dine-in experience. The brand’s practices follow guidelines established by: CDC, WHO, ServSafe, the Pima County Health Department and the Tucson Metro Chamber Restaurant Advisory Council.
Since I felt safe, I made the decision to order my first dine-in cocktail while I waited for my food. Brandon, the Charrovida manager and an employee of Sí Charro brands for 14 years, recommended the Red margarita. The Red margarita is made with the housemade watermelon agua fresca, Patrón Citrónge, Cazadores Silver Tequila and rimmed with Tajín.
As I enjoyed the refreshing cocktail made by Staci, I reflected on how much I missed experiences as simple as this. Although to-go cocktails are now available at most restaurants, it felt good to enjoy this experience at the restaurant. I mentally noted that I needed more of these blissful escapes, even if it was just enjoying cocktails on the patio.
Charrovida’s Plant Plus+ menu is vegan-based, but guests can add alternative or sustainable proteins. I ordered the Vida Bowl, which gave me the opportunity to build my own bowl with a base of greens or heritage grains, two sides and a protein. My picks were: greens, Cauli ‘Al Pastor, Vida Brussels and Natural Pollo Asado.
The Vida Brussels were an easy pick because it was one of my favorite appetizers pre-COVID. I discovered the Cauli ‘Al Pastor as a new favorite! On my next visit, I plan on trying out their Dos Tacos Vida– Birria Style!
Address: 7109 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85704