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- $15 for $30 worth of Mexican cuisine for lunch or dinner
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Así Es la Vida
As the Phoenix New Times reported, Así Es la Vida was founded when Judy Anderson, an American vacationing in Mexico, left behind some money to Cozumel cook Moises Treves to help him realize the restaurant of his dreams—which he'd go on to name "Such Is Life" after one of her trademark sayings. (After the story was featured on Unsolved Mysteries two decades later, the pair was finally reunited.)
During the years between, the restaurant gained some ardent fans, and in 2003 some of them bought the spot and gave its name a Spanish translation. The new owners retained the menu of dishes exploring Mexico's diverse regional cooking styles. To name just a few, the Yucatán Peninsula contributes the slow-roasted orange-glazed pork dish cochinita pibil; the state of Puebla pitches in one of Mexico's most famous stews, mole poblano; and baked fish is prepared Veracruz-style with wine sauce, capers, and green olives. The chefs are also happy to adapt their dishes to be gluten-free and vegetarian-friendly for customers who make special requests or walk in wearing "Gluten Is Gross" T-shirts.
"Their faintly upscale little place is adorable, thanks to brightly colored walls, plants, Mexican art and furniture," Arizona Highways noted when it placed the family owned and operated Así Es la Vida on its list of the state's best restaurants of 2013. Burnished metal lanterns dangle above the tables, and baskets full of ferns and other leafy plants hung from the ceiling add extra color.