Mi Tierra Latin Fusion Restaurant , a Puerto Rican-Latin American restaurant in Arlington is set to shutter December 31 (that would be tomorrow) tweeted Bud Kennedy, columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, last week. The family-owned eatery housed in a bungalow is one of two establishments (that we know of) serving Puerto Rican fare in the metroplex.
Mi Tierra has been a refuge for Puerto Ricans in the area. Inventive twists were given traditional dishes. For example, tostones, fried plantain discs, were presented as a nacho plate (tostones con pollo nachos) and the coconut soup made it onto our 100 Favorite Dishes list. Nods to the majority Latino population were included on the menu (Kind-of Mexican fajitas), as were forays into other Latin American cuisines (Peruvian /ceviche and Argentinean churrasco). Nevertheless, familiarity reigned, and Puerto Rican residents of Dallas-Fort Worth, myself included, got a taste of home when we dined on executive chef/co-owner Damaris Torres' offerings.
While Mi Tierra's closing was confirmed by a restaurant employee, Torres was unavailable for comment. Moreover, the restaurant's website listed nothing about closing.
Those of us who crave moist and fat-cradled pernil or chunky mofongo, myself included, are left only with Isla Mia in Carrolton. Mi Tierra will be missed.
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.