As a countdown to the Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas" 2010, City of Ate is serving up 100 of the favorite dishes we crave, savor and hope to scarf down again soon. These dishes are in no particular order. Some are little known, others celebrated. Some are pricey, others can be eaten on the cheap, but all are delicious to the extreme. Don't hesitate to share your own nominations in the comments. More of the dish's tasty details are after the jump.
No. 22: Coconut Soup at Mi Tierra
Hailing from the Isla del Encanto and having recently relocated to the metroplex from New York City, I am eternally on the lookout for a Puerto Rican restaurant. In Arlington and on a strip heralded more for its taquerías and tortillerias sits Mi Tierra, a Puerto Rican establishment in a peach bungalow. The coconut soup at Mi Tierra is a refreshing anodyne for the steam boxes that are North Texas summer days. The light soup is the color of a downy pillow. On the surface float vermilion dots of oil and specks of cilantro dusted with smoked paprika. Chopped tomato floating near the top hide cubes of roasted pork. These bits of shoulder are treasures found on a tropical beach, the next best thing to being on the island, and Mi Tierra is where X marks the spot for the slurpilicious soup.
Mi Tierra 603 W. Abrams St., Arlington 817-861-9144
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