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This iconic cafe and bakery has been awarded the Best Tex-Mex Restaurant in Texas and is a landmark in San Antonio. Located in Market Square in San Antonio's city center, the three-block outdoor plaza is considered the largest Mexican Market in the United States. There are over 80 specialty shops, produce stands, live musicians, and numerous cultural events. Many guests decide to combine a visit to Mi Tierra with Market Square to experience two major attractions in one easy stop.
In 1941, Pedro and Cruz Cortez opened a small, three-table cafe to serve San Antonio's local farmers and early risers. Sixty years later, the Cortez grandchildren continue to run the family business, which now seats over 500 people. Throughout the years, the restaurant has always focused on Tex-Mex cuisine, which features plenty of beef, cheese, chili powder, and cumin.
By request of his cousin who wanted to enjoy sweetbreads without traveling to other neighborhoods, Pedro established a traditional Panadería inside the restaurant in 1955. Today, the bakery is managed by master baker Don José who delights patrons with his authentic bakery items such as Roscas de Reyes, Pan de Muerto, and Buñuelos. The bakery also offers pecan pralines, sweetbreads, and cookies.
Mi Tierra is famous for having an extensive variety of traditional Mexican desserts. Therefore, making a choice at the counter can be slightly overwhelming. Thankfully, Mi Tierra developed a fun, online guide for all of the different pastries available for purchase. Take some time to explore the online menu in the link below before visiting.
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