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Oct 15, 2009 09:10 PM

Mexican in Calgary

just visited Salt ' Pepper... in Cochrane
It was great,....
is there better Mexican in Calgary...
just moved here from winnipeg....
where mexican is all but non-existent..
everything else but.

whose got a good place to go?
i'm on SW......

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  1. You definitely should try Mi Tierra Tu Taqueria.
    10015 Oakfield Drive SW (238-1749).

    Check out this post:

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    1. re: miss.foodie

      thanks miss.foodie,.....
      will give it a try,.... i read the post,... sounds great!

      1. re: miss.foodie

        Absolutely second the Mi Tierra suggestion. And try their Sopes.

        Mi Tierra
        10015 Oakfield Dr SW, Calgary, AB T2V, CA

      2. In addition to Mi Tierra there's also a place called Las Tortillas in Marlboro (I mapped it and it's withing walking distance of the Marl C-Train station) that now sells tacos- the real thing.

        New place is going in at a glacial place on 17th (SW) next to the renovated Moxie's called Los Chillitos but I can't say when it will be open. Work has been going on there since late spring, very frustrating, but I live 2 blocks away and will let everyone know when it opens. They tell me it's authentic Mex.

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        1. re: John Manzo

          I noticed they took away the behemoth ramp going up the side of their patio. They took forever on the damn thing and now they take it away, not much demand for a patio right now anyway. Would be nice for them to just finish up inside. I know what you mean when you say frustrating though, lived a couple blocks away too and was excited to watch it go up, and then, nothing, yet.

          1. re: Pintye

            They replaced the front wheelchair ramp with one on the rear, off the parking area which probably makes more sense.

            The lights are on in there, often, this is driving me LOCO!

        2. John Manzo,

          Keep us posted as to when that new mexican place on 17th Ave finally does open. When I visit Calgary, I often stay in a condo a couple of blocks away and usually walk by this place in hopes that it will be open. I am not expecting a Texas style taquieria, but am curious as to what this place will be like.

          John F

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          1. re: jcontario

            Is it open yet? If yes, have you been?

            1. re: jsfoodchat

              jsfoodchat: Los Chilitos, the place on 17th Ave SW opened late last year. Here's a more detailed thread on it.

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            1. I made my second visit to Los Chillitos today and can say that it was excellent. They have a lunch special of 3 tacos with rice and beans for $9.95 and let me begin by saying that this is an excellent deal- yes, NONLINEAR, you can get a taco for $2 or less from a Fresno taco truck, but still in Calgary $10 for a good gut-busting lunch is a good deal- even better when it's delicious, and it was delicious today.

              My main complaints about visit 1 was that the tacos were single-tortilla and the refried beans were poor- too thick, too stodgy. Today? 2 tortillas each, muchas gracias, and the beans were EXCELLENT. I could have had a whole dish of the rice and beans. The tacos were very good- well the adobo pork and the chicken were delish; I got carnitas too and it was too chewy but I'm much happier to find good pork. Two little salsa ramekans were very tasty (HOT red salsa, less hot garlicky green one). Full marks for a great cost-effective lunch.

              Great to see these guys hit their stride on the basics- now to expand that menu and have fish tacos.

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              1. re: John Manzo

                sweet, thanks johnny boy! i still haven't been there yet, but hope to make it soon! although, it doesn't help that the new mi tierra location is walking distance from home!

                thanks for the update!

                1. re: John Manzo

                  i was there the other week and pretty much had the exact same thing. I would've commented but I barely tasted the tacos as they went down -- too hungry!

                  a question about the refried beans though, is that the way they're traditionally supposed to be? I'm speaking about the texture mostly; as you note, they're quite runny. I didn't care for them myself and thought they were under seasoned, but maybe I just need to re-adjust my idea of what refried beans should be like.

                  1. re: marcopolo

                    yep, they should be runny. These are pretty much perfect.