As of this writing, Mi Tierra Taqueria is the latest Mexican restaurant to open in Roseville, having opened their dorrs - sort of on May 1st - but due to the current COVID-19 scare, until May 15th, the restaurant had been reduced to curb pick-up and take-out orders only. Thankfully, Placer County has lifted many of the "quarantine restrictions," so Mi Tierra Taqueria is open, in business, and serving fine Mexican cuisine, in their spacious dining room.
As with all restaurant reviews I publish, I have no affiliation with the restaurant reviewed, and there is no monetary gain on my part, as I am simply a person who likes to eat, and I love to write-up, and publish my dining experiences.
Photo: It's just a little after the 10 o'clock opening time of Mi Tierra Taqueria, located in Roseville, CA, and I've arrived to enjoy a delicious early lunch. The date is Wednesday, May 20, 2020, the weather is bright and sunny, and today seems to be a good to enjoy great Mexican cuisine.
Mi Tierra Taqueria chose a "hard luck" time to open, as the restaurant opened on May 1st, to greet guests with take out and "door dash" orders only, thanks to the COVID-19 virus thing, along with the enforcement by the state. The first three weeks the restaurant was open must have been difficult for the owners, but thankfully, Placer County loosened the "lockdown" and the restaurant opened it's dining room on Monday, May 18th, for all to enjoy. Here I am!
Photo: As you enter the restaurant, you'll notice the dining room is GIGANTIC, and it's only made bigger thanks to the "social distancing" that seems to be the trend on May 20, 2020. Note the sign that greets you, and lets you know of the "new normal" facing Californians, so to speak.
Note the WIDE spacing between the tables... thank you coronavirus and Placer County. If you know any Spanish, you'll note the sign says, "Por favor sea cortés con los demás. Mantenga su distancia a 6 pies de distancia." Thank you, dear sign for reminding me of my "social obligations..." However on this late Wednesday morning, the dining room was lightly seated, so here were no "social worries."
If this restaurant and dining room look familiar, you may recall back on December 14, 2016, I visited this restaurant when it was the home of Tandoori Bites, an Indian and Pakistani restaurant, which, sadly, closed the doors for good, back in 2019.
Today, as you enter, you're greeted with a cheery "Bienviendos" above the counter.
Photo: Mi Tierra Taqueria operates on what I call the "taqueria format," in that you place your order at the counter, pay for it after placing your order, and during busy times, you'll be rewarded with a number for your trouble. The restaurant wasn't busy on this late Wednesday morning, so I wasn't rewarded with a number, as there was just only one other party, besides me, in the dining room.
I noted an "oddity about Mi Tierra Taqueria, as there wasn't a menu posted above the order counter, but there were plenty of printed menus on the counter. Disposable menus during COVIRUS-19 times? The restaurant has a web site, as they seem to do a brisk on-line business.
My hostess, Maria, is busy taking a phone order, as seemed to be the "norm" during today's visit.
Photo: The first page of the menu. Anything listed on the menu is available anytime the restaurant is open.
Photo: Second page of the menu. Since it was lunch time, I homed in on the "Especiales de Almuerzo" section of the menu, as it seemed right to me.
Gosh... how long has it been since I enjoyed a "Sope?" "Sope" was my choice. All of the lunch selections include rice and beans, which make for a well-rounded lunch.
Photo: Shortly after placing my lunch order at the counter, Maria brought chips and salsa to my table. Delicious!
The tortilla chips were warm, and fresh out of the oven. I "assume" the salsa was in-house made, as it was fresh, delicious, and just a medium on the "spicy" side which works perfectly with me. The combination of chips and salsa offered at Mi Tierra is simply great!
The chips and salsa came as a welcome surprise to me, as neither the menu, nor the web site suggested this fine accompaniment was included with the meal.
Photo: If you look beyond the counter, beyond the soda fountain, you'll get a peek at the bottled beverages the restaurant has to offer. In my case, I "zoned in" on "Pacifico Beer," and didn't look any further, as "Pacifico" is most likely my favorite beef brewed on the planet.
If you're a fan of the soft drinks, there is a stand-up cooler in the dining room, so you can just grab your drink of choice.
Photo: During my visit, the phone rang... rang... and rang some more. Maria is very busy taking phone orders, and during my visit, many customers came by to pick up phone orders.
I'm sorry, as I'm "old school" as I don't do "phone orders," as I prefer to enjoy my meal in-house, served to me on a plate, by a real person.
Photo: My super friendly hostess, Maria, brings my lunch to my table, in less than 10 minutes after I place my order. That's LIGHTNING FAST service! I wasn't in a hurry, but I was amazed by the fast service.
The service is faster than most "fast food" restaurants. Forget your "Bell" or "Taco" joints if you're in a hurry. Sure... you'll pay a couple dollars more at Mi Tierra Taqueria than at your typical "fast food" restaurant, but you'll be treated to a superior meal, prepared to your specification, along with personal service.
Unfortunately, thanks to Placer County and the COVID-19 stuff, my friendly server is forced to don "The Mask."
Photo: Thanks, Maria for taking my photo, albeit blurry. Despite the blurry photo, I'm ready to enjoy an amazing lunch at Mi Tierra Taqueria.
Photo: From the "Especialies de Almuerzo" - otherwise known as lunch - section of the menu, I ordered a "Sope," with beef. All lunch specials, served weekdays from 10:00 until 3:00 include rice, beans, chips and salsa. When "Sope," is the choice of your meal, you get to choose between beef, chicken or pork; I went with beef.
"Sope," also known as a "picadita," is a lesser-known Mexican favorite which originates near the Mexican heartland, and the dish has become popular all over Mexico, and just lately, north of the border. The base of the dish is a circle of fried maiz - like a really thick piece of tamale dough - and the ingredients are piled on it to form the "sope." In my case, my "sope" included beef - my choice of meat - diced tomato, diced onion, cilantro, shredded lettuce, and topped with sour cream. Oh yes... refried beans, as the beans are part of the "foundation." Delicious!
The centerpiece of my amazing lunch was the "Sope," which started out with a thick slab of masa harina, about the size of a DVD, deep-fried to a perfect golden brown. On top of the masa, was a generous amount of seasoned, grilled beer - picadita - which covered the masa base of the meal. Under the layer of meat, there were delicious refried beans... On top of the beef and masa was a pile of fresh diced tomato, diced white onion, cilantro and shredded lettuce, and it was topped with a dollop of sour cream. Just like in Mexico! Delicious...
Next to the "Sope" was a side salad, which was exactly like the "sope," except is was simply a salad, and didn't have the masa, nor the meat. Like the "Sope," the salad was amazing fresh, and delicious. Refried beans, complete with shredded Mexican cheese, along with Mexican rice completed the lunch. The rice was good, but... simply rice and not particularly spectacular. The beans, however were amazing, as I could taste the lard in them, and they reminded me of the countless meals of refried beans that I've enjoyed during my many trips to Mexico.
At $7.99, the "Lunch Special" is an excellent value, and will keep you happy and satisfied for the rest of your day.
Photo: You're looking at an amazing "Sopa," as served at Mi Tierra Taqueria in west Roseville, CA. Note all of the fresh ingredients, along with the base of beef and refried beans. Simply delicious!
You'll love the authentic Mexican cuisine, you'll love the spacious dining room, and you'll love the friendly staff. As the newest member of the "West Roseville Dining Family," I welcome Mi Tierra Taqueria to the area. Great dining!
Mi Tierra Taqueria
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