After coming here a few (what feels like 100) times, I wasn't until we had this awesome waiter that we learned the story of the restaurant and I fell in love with it once more. The original owners, the Cortez family, fought against the city to own the land to build their restaurant on. After a long grueling battle over the plot of land, Pete and Cruz Cortez named the restaurant as a reminder of what it took to get there, Mi Tierra - my dirt. Since then this has become a staple in downtown staple. Though it's a bit of a touristy spot, I can't deny the delicious coffee they have.
Also thanks to this waiter, we got to see an amazing 3D mural that basically spans down the middle of the restaurant. Famous faces include Eva Longoira, some Tella Novella stars, musicians, and notable Latinos in history, not to mention the artists that have worked on the mural over the years.
As if that wasn't interesting enough on its own, they have framed painted portraits of Bill Clinton wearing a Mi Tierra t-shirt while jogging, the longest working employee of Mi Tierra, and the original founders of the restaurant.
Lots of history in good ol San Antonio. Definitely worth a visit. Though, word to the wise, this is a bit of a touristy spot so the menu is a little pricey compared to the more authentic San Antonio cuisine offered, but who doesn't love to be surrounded by a million christmas lights, decorations, and pinatas!
Great atmosphere. Great story. Great coffee.
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