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I get a kick out of wandering around the Gateway in the summertime where there’s often music playing and kids romping around in the fountain as if they were jumping waves in the Pacific Ocean. Summertime is definitely a time for families at the Gateway. But where do you feed the kids?

Well, for about the same money you’d spend in the Gateway Food Court you can have a terrific meal at Gateway’s newest restaurant: Costa Vida. And the ambiance at Costa Vida fits in perfectly with summertime activities since the theme there is surfing. Surf boards hang from the walls at Costa Vida and surf films play on the video screens. And with dishes like Big Kahuna Burritos, Tubular Tacos, and Shortboard Enchiladas, catching a wave at Costa Vida is both fun and delicious.

Costa Vida’s food is essentially Mexican but with a distinctive California twist. Don’t be fooled though, Costa Vida is a Utah operation all the way; a local family owns Costa Vida. The first Costa Vida restaurant opened in Layton in 2003, followed by stores in Provo, Ogden, Logan, Cedar City, and in Salt Lake at the Gateway.

My favorite Costa Vida treat is the sweet pork burrito. It’s a big tortilla stuffed with tender pork cooked in a sweet and tangy sauce with cilantro lime rice, cheese, beans, and a choice of hot, medium, mild, or tropical sauce. As it says on the menu, a Big Kahuna Burrito isn’t for the faint of heart; these suckers are about the size of my head – and I have a big head!

And hey kids and parents, be sure to try a paleta for dessert. A paleta is a homemade Mexican ice cream fruit bar and muy delicioso! So the next time you visit the Gateway, surf over to Costa Vida and ride the big wave.

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