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La Dona (Mexican on 17th Ave. SE)

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Has anyone tried this place yet (besides me)? It's no secret that I'm madly in love with their food, and I keep suggesting it but everybody says they'll have to try it and no one ever reports back! I'm very curious to know what my fellow Chowhounders think of the place. Everyone I've personally taken there has loved it.

Somebody try it, and please let me know what you think!

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  1. haven't tried it yet, since I am walking distance from the new Tu Tierra location and have also heard mixed reviews about La Dona. Would still be up for trying it though. sorry, but i guess all i can say at this point is "i'll have to try it." :P

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    Tu Tierra Restaurant
    8316 Fairmount Dr SE #30, Calgary, AB T2H 0Y8, CA

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    1. re: nonlinear

      Aw, come on! :p

      All right, if I may make a few recommendations? I always order the chicken burrito, and I love it. The first time, they gave me a plate of lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream with it, but ever since then I've had to ask for it (I don't think I've been charged extra for it, though). My husband usually orders the tampequena (sp?), which is a big plate full of steak, rice, flautas, and, um, a bunch of other stuff. It's also very good. For appetizers, the chorizo with cheese is quite good. The cactus salad WAS delicious, but they said it's too expensive to get cactus to make it, so they don't have it anymore, even though it's still on the menu.

      I don't recommend the soups. I had one once and it wasn't very good. Of course, that was just one of them.

      For drinks, they sometimes have jamaica flower juice, and horchata. Sometimes if they don't have it, they will still make it for you if you really, really seem to want it. I think that if you want horchata, your best bet is to go on a Saturday. Their ice tastes like it's been in the freezer for 500 years, so just a heads up on that. The flavoured drinks mask it, but it's not good in the tap water.

      1. re: Lainey1978

        I haven't been there personally, but my husband went there a month ago with a friend. He found the service really slow and yes, the ice tasting funny in his drink; he thought the food was passable. We've been to Tu Tierra twice now, and find the food better and the service is great. However, we travel to Mexico frequently, and so unfortunately cannot help but judge the food at both places based on our experiences in Mexico. We find the food at Tu Tierra just ok -- there's a subtlety lacking in the food I can't put my finger on. Overall, though Tu Tierra is just about as close to authentic Mexican food you will find in the city without cooking it yourself.

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        Tu Tierra Restaurant
        8316 Fairmount Dr SE #30, Calgary, AB T2H 0Y8, CA

    2. I walk past the place everytime I go shopping and one of these days I will check it out, along with the Latin Cantina west of there.