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Mi Tierra. Still muy muy bueno!!

cowgirlinthesand Mar 4, 2011 09:32 AM

Just had to post after getting home with enough deliciousness from mi Tierra to last a few days!
I'm still amazed at how good the food is. Simple, fresh and full of flavor. Muy sabroso!
The best tacos - spicy pork are my fav. 3 tacos for 4.99. Handmade tender corn tortillas, lots of meat, cilantro, lime, salsa verde to die for.
Their wonderful Chile relleno with cheese with 2 more of those wonderful tortillas, rice, beans, huge and delicious, only 9.99
Fried yuca with scallions, lime shredded iceburg - yummm- 2.50.
Chicken enchiladas with salsa verde in those amazing tortillas...

!0 minutes off and back on 91.
Makes me happy.

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Mi Tierra
206 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035

  1. andytee Mar 13, 2011 06:23 PM

    Mi Tierra is really excellent, it's a joy to find good Mexican food in New England. They have their off moments and some dishes are better than others, but the prices are great and man, those homemade tortillas. My menu favorites = Tacos Carne Enchilada (spicy pork), Carne Asada plate, Any of the shrimp dishes (esp. Camarones Al Ajillo and Camarones A La Mexicana), Enchiladas Salsa Verde, and the Chiles Rellenos. Also love the very cheap plates of yucca or plantains as a side, yucca is especially good. Not so hot on the burritos there but they aren't bad. Fajitas seem to be added to the menu for gringo tastes and are the most expensive item listed - $14.95 or so - so I've never bothered. I'm sure they are fine, but why?

    Anyhow, just wanted to chime and and say how glad I am to have these guys around.

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    Mi Tierra
    206 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035

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      mjoyous Mar 14, 2011 01:32 PM

      I'm in agreement too about Mi Tierra; it's the only Mexican type food I'll eat around here. Was off my feed last time I was there and decided to try the chicken mole (I don't much like chicken, and find moles in this area soft and tasteless). The chicken was too dry (it was white meat--should have been thighs) but the mole was wonderful. I was trying to calm down my overactive stomach, but was very happy to just eat less of the best, spiciest, hottest and most complex mole I've had north of TX.

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      Mi Tierra
      206 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035

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        caughtstars Mar 15, 2011 10:29 AM

        I'm seconding how great the mole is.... Sometimes the chicken is drier than other times so I get the cheese enchiladas instead.

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          klutzygirl Mar 31, 2012 09:25 AM

          LOL Not sure how that calms the stomach, but anyway, you guys have convinced me to give Mi Tierra a try. Same owners as the one in Greenfield? I ate there(GF) once a couple years ago; not bad, but very bland. Of course, 'bland' is the operative word when it comes to Mexican in New England!

          1. re: klutzygirl
            JunieB Mar 31, 2012 10:18 AM

            As far as I know the Mi Tierra owners do not own another restaurant in Greenfiled. If you're talking about Mesa Verde, I think that is owned by some white chicks. Mi Tierra is owned by Mexicans. They used to have a little Mexican grocery store before they opened Mi Tierra, and on Saturday only they sold tamales. The tamales were great! I don't know why they don't sell them in their restaurant.

            The other two Mexican restaurants I would recommend (more than Mi Tierra actually, but a little farther away) are Hacienda Del Sol and Sarapes, both just a few minutes south of Springfield off 91. Both owned and operated by Mexicans and both with very authentic food. Hacienda Del Sol has the larger menu and I can't rave enough about the Carnitas de Puerco, but the Tacos Al Pastor at Sarapes can't be beat!!! Here's a photo of the Chicken Fajitas at Hacienda Del Sol.

             
             
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              edub23 Mar 31, 2012 01:11 PM

              I ate at Hacienda del Sol recently (had a coupon of some sort) and while I could barely spend enough money to cover the coupon, I thought the food was pretty amazing. I ordered the most expensive appetizer I could find, and it was enough ceviche to hold me for three meals. I know that taking raw fish home might not sound all that appetizing, but as the bartender who served me the food said, "There's enough lime juice in there to make it to Bogota." The carne asada I had for dinner was excellent as well.

              1. re: JunieB
                cowgirlinthesand Mar 31, 2012 09:30 PM

                Sarape in Enfield is actually my favorite Mexican inthis area - and outside of Oaxaca :) (just a bit far for me, so I try to fly in & out of Bradley to get there regularly!)
                My favorite entrees are the puerco en pipian - tender pork cooked in a wonderfully complex and spicy green pumpikinseed sauce (pepita)
                I also dream of their carnitas, but they aren't on the menu, just a sometime special unless you call ahead and arrange for them.
                Now you've made feel the need to get to the airport........

        2. BerkshireTsarina Mar 4, 2011 03:03 PM

          So happy to hear this, cowgirl! Because we're moving from the Berkshires to Northampton in three weeks --- And eager to try out Mi Tierra again, along with Great Wall, Butterfly, and ----other suggestions?

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          Mi Tierra
          206 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035

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          1. re: BerkshireTsarina
            cowgirlinthesand Mar 5, 2011 07:46 AM

            Good luck to you in your new home. i am right behind you probably by the summer.
            There's a wonderful Thai restaurant near there, Thai place on Rt. 202, http://maps.google.com/maps/place?um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=thai+place,+holyoke+ma&fb=1&gl=us&hq=thai+place,+holyoke+ma&hnear=thai+place,+holyoke+ma&cid=16790865929078423840

            Wonderful apps, great duck choo chee, excelled Rad Nah and Pad Thai noodles. Here's their menu http://www.thaiplacerestaurant.net/do...

            Right over the border on Rt. 5 in Enfield is Sarape's restaurant. My favorite. Puerco en pipian, carnitas when they have them as a special are to die for, tamales, delicious tacos, great chile rellenos. A bit more money than Mi Tierra and no handmade tortillas but still so great!
            Yummy micheladas!

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            Sarape's
            917 Enfield St, Enfield, CT 06082

            Thai Place
            480 Granby Rd, South Hadley, MA 01075

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              fatheryod Mar 6, 2011 07:01 AM

              I agree fully. Just made it down to Sarape's for lunch the other day and it was aces. Had a beautiful 1/2 beef, 1/2 pork plate that was excellently seasoned and very boss. The salsa they provided were really fine as well. It ran $40 for two of us, but it was well worth it. The next day we hit Mi Tierra, and it is also still very good. I thought some of the seasoning was not as evolved (is that the right word?) as at Sarape's, but it was great, fast and cheaper than Sarape's. We shared a side order of fried plantains this time and they were really solid, served with a yogurty dipping sauce and neither as syrupy nor over-cooked as they can sometime be. i'd recommend either of these spots.

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              Mi Tierra
              206 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035

              1. re: fatheryod
                cowgirlinthesand Mar 7, 2011 09:20 PM

                fatheryod, I feel the same way about Sarape's and Mi Tierra.
                I'm like Meg Ryan in 'When Harry Met Sally' - an ordering nightmare. So...if I could have Sarape's tacos al pastor in Mi Tierra's handmade corn tortillas I would die a happy eater!!
                Sarape's is more traditional Mexican. Closest we've found in the Berkshires to food in Oaxaca. (no Tclayudas yet...)
                Mi Tierra is more of a delicious fix for not too much $$, but not quite the real deal.
                There is a place for both. And the families who own and work at both are wonderful people.

                1. re: cowgirlinthesand
                  JunieB Mar 8, 2011 10:56 AM

                  I couldn't agree more about the tacos al pastor at Sarape's. They're the bomb! Wonderful flavor. The enchiladas are good too. I would stay away from the chile relleno though. It covers half the plate, the cheese inside was not melted and it was too soggy. Unfortunate, because the flavor was good but the execution was way off. So glad to find a decent Mexican restaurant!

                  1. re: JunieB
                    cowgirlinthesand Mar 11, 2011 07:43 AM

                    I always get chile rellenos to go and eat the next few days, and I've never had a problem with the execution. Even after being reheated. They are really never crispy - after they are battered and fried they are topped with that delicious salsa roja. The queso is Oaxacan cheese- kind of stringy like our fresh mozzerella but harder and it never completely melts into the chile.
                    You may just not like the textures but that's the way it should be. I can also recommend the chile rellenos at Mi Tierra and it's 3 or 4 $ cheaper.

                    1. re: cowgirlinthesand
                      JunieB Mar 11, 2011 07:58 AM

                      Maybe we just got a bad one, or maybe it's a matter of personal taste. I have sampled many chile relleno in my life, and the ones I like are the ones where the cheese is melted inside. I have cooked with the Mexican cheeses and they melt just fine, this one melts just like Mozzarella, kind of soft and pliable. In the dish we got the cheese was still a block and not melted at all. If I get a dish I don't like in a restaurant I rarely order it again, but Sarape's has enough other wonderful food that I will look forward to returning again and again.

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                corinnerose Mar 29, 2011 09:49 AM

                I'm a fan of the huaraches at Mi Tierra! And I TOTALLY AGREE with fatheryod about the perfect yogurty (crema-y) sauce for the platanos fritos. Small detail, but it really makes a difference.

                I've only been to Sarape's once or twice. Definitely worth another trip, but Mi Tierra is so convenient. Mi Tierra also serves rather large margaritas. Not the best margaritas, but... like I said, large.

                On the subject of Hadley, has anyone eve been to Gregory's Pastry Shop? It's in that strip by Mi Tierra. I'm intrigued but I've never made it in.... and no one I've asked seems to know anything about it.

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                Mi Tierra
                206 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035

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                  mjoyous Mar 31, 2011 07:32 AM

                  Gee, Corinnerose, I've always wondered about Gregory's too. As a visiting food shopper in the valley (I'm from the NYS border region) I always stop at Bread Euphoria--and maybe, if so moved, add a chocolate pudding ice cream at Herrell's, and am always way too full from Mi Tierra to consider another pastry. Hope someone will answer!

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                  Mi Tierra
                  206 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035

            2. invinotheresverde Mar 4, 2011 10:41 AM

              I love Mi Tierra. It's pretty much as good as it gets around here.

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              Mi Tierra
              206 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035

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