Mi Tierra Cafe (San Antonio, TX)
After a great final breakfast on the Texas WWOOF farm (Scott cooked up eggs with caramelized onions and goat cheese, plus some local Jalapeno Cheese Venison-Pork Sausage from Greak’s Smokehouse), we headed up to San Antonio for a couple nights.
When we pulled in, we were ready to eat. Lo and behold, across from our La Quinta was, according to the guy at the hotel front desk, the most popular Mexican restaurant in San Antonio. In a place like San Antonio, where Mexican restaurants are everywhere, it’s hard to argue with that kind of endorsement. So off we went to Mi Tierra Cafe.
Michoacan (a/k/a Carnitas)
Along with brisket, Scott fashions himself an aficionado of carnitas. For those not so well-versed in Mexican cuisine, carnitas are made from marinated, slow-roasted pork. Right before serving, the chopped meat is put under a broiler or in a super hot oven to crisp the outside.
The result is exactly what was served at Mi Tierra: super tender, intensely flavorful meat. Scott ranked these as some of the best carnitas he’s had…and he’s had a lot of carnitas. These were served with the standard rice and beans, along with a small side of guacamole and freshly made corn tortillas. The final touch proved to be a winner, though. Placed on top of the meat was half of a roasted poblano pepper and a roasted green onion, both of which were great additions to the meat.
Enchiladas Verde de Pollo
Edie went with the green chicken enchiladas. Just for clarity, the chicken wasn’t green, but the tomatillo salsa on the enchiladas was. These two enchiladas were loaded with tender shredded chicken, then topped with a flavorful, just spicy enough tomatillo salsa and cheese. These were definitely good-sized enchiladas, plus sides of rice, beans, and guacamole.
Chips & Salsa
You can’t eat Mexican food without getting the obligatory appetizer of chips and salsa for the table. Normally, it’s just so-so chips and salsa, but the salsa at Mi Tierra was really good. It was thinner than most salsas we go for, but that was more than made up for by the strong, spicy-enough flavor of this salsa.
So a mojito is more Cuban than Mexican, but nonetheless, it’s delicious. At Mi Tierra, the mojito is far more limey than minty with plenty of alcohol to get the job done. It’s really refreshing and would be fantastic on a hot San Antonio summer day.
Our server was Romeo. He was incredibly friendly, starting off by asking us where we were from and engaging us in conversation about Kentucky Fried Chicken. Of course, we’re not fans of their brand of crappy fried chicken, which surprised him a bit. Anyway, Romeo was prompt and responsive, friendly, and made sure we had everything we needed.
Mexican food tends to be a good value. Mi Tierra is no exception. The two entrees totaled around $25. The drink was a healthy $8. After taxes and tip, it all came out to $42, but the food portion of that is only about $30, a good deal for dinner for 2 (plus a bit for Knox).
The Doggy Bag, By Knox
I don’t know if it’s my birthday or what, but I ended up with a nice haul from this dinner. Unfortunately, I didn’t actually get that entire enchilada that they made me take my cute picture with. But 1/3 of a chicken enchilada, some carnitas, and a little rice and beans are enough to make me realize what great fun eating in Mexico must be. I do have to admit though, I’m still not real sure about these tortilla thingies. They are definitely lacking something…I think it’s that they don’t taste like meat.