I have been to Mexico several times and hope I know
the difference betweeen authentic Mexican food and the
homogenized north of the border food that is so prevelant.
This food is made with care and by someone who obviously
'doesnt want it to taste like a chain/franchise from here.
Visited with my husband and two teens several times
and we are always glad we came to Tu Tierra rather than say,oh,
you know what places Im talking about : )
I'd rather give my bussiness to these very hard working immigrants
that produce real flavour than some cardboard,unimaginative corporation.
The restaurant itself as you probably have read earlier, is home where
a now deceased Chinese restaurant sat for many years.
Its livened up by sunny colored paint and trinkets from Mexico, but
thats as far as it gets. Hopefully the ownners will be able to invest
in some new window treatments, carpeting and a new bar area.But,
its clean, cheerful and the festive music adds to the atmosphere.
People come for the amazing food that is priced reasonably.
The owners and staff are pleasant and seem glad that your there.
They could do with more serving staff however.
Having been in the service industry, both waiting and management,
I can see the staff they have are pulled thin however good and friendly
they are. The restaurant would be up in sales and have a higher turnover if
more front of the house staff were working.
For example, I would have easily had a Margarita and my son's another pop
as well as some more complimentatry chips and salsa. Our waitress was just too
busy, I could see that. She was very efficent, but there is point where one person
has too many customers.
The burrittos are fresh and quite large -- the seafood, chicken and carne
all great. Stuffed jalepenos are delicious --full of avacado, smothered in white cheese and a
tomato sauce. Good for someone who wants something not too large to eat.
The tortellia soup is fantastic, also great for someone who doesn't want a larger meal.
Prices are very reasonable for Calgary --what you cant finish they cheerfully
provide a take out box for you.
Its not a huge restaurant and they dont stay open late (9 pm closing)
so plan to get there fairly early if you can, especially on a weekend. Its always busy then,
which is a good sign.
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