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Mi Tierra Mexican Restaurant
7605 Grandview Ave., Arvada
Hours: 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday
More information at www.facebook.com/mitierramexicanfood/
For the past eight years, Arvada resident Tom Lofland, has been eating at Mi Tierra Mexican Restaurant in Olde Town Arvada.
Once a week he meets up with friends from high school — Arvada West class of 1964 — and remembers the good old days.
Lofland said it’s a multitude of things that keeps him going back to the family owned eatery.
“The food is excellent, whatever you buy … burrito, Mexican hamburger. It’s all freshly prepared, presented well and it’s tasty,” Lofland said.
His personal favorites are the cheese enchilada and the guacamole tostada.
“The way you make it is by having something consistent and you specialize in,” said Melissa Camacho, owner and manager of Mi Tierra. “For us, it’s our green chili.”
And yes, the top selling menu item is the green chili.
“Customers take gallons of it home, freeze it and ship it to relatives,” said Camacho, who took over the restaurant her parents Manuel and Stephene Camacho.
Another specialty menu item is the stuffed sopapilla filled with rice, beans and shredded beef or chicken. The mountain-like eat is then smothered with the popular green chili and melted cheese.
Camacho said the key to keeping the eatery open is consistency and specialization.
“I feel like the main thing is if you have a good, constant, different product, people are going to love it,” Camacho said. “I fell like we don’t blend in in Olde Town, but that’s not a bad thing.”
The cooks at Mi Tierra arrives two hours before customers to get a start on its scratch-made guacamole, salsa, sour cream, chips, taco shells, rice, beans, green chili, flan and sopapilla dough.
“We pride ourselves in making sure everything is consistent, fresh and clean,” Camacho said.
Going into the its 12th year of business, Camacho has made a few updates to the eatery to ensure its survival in the cut-throat market.
One of those updates is to the bar menu with the addition of a traditional Mexican drink, Cantarito. The drink includes tequila, grapefruit juice and orange juice served with a salted rim in a clay mug.
Camacho also has hopes to add draft beer in the coming months.
The eatery’s look was the other change.
The windows were updated with new signage to ensure passerby’s knew it was a restaurant. Inside there is new booths, paint, carpeting and kitchen upgrades.
“I’m pretty excited,” Camacho said. “We’re just trying to modernize — keep up with the hipness of Arvada.”
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