Famed local restaurateurs, the Cortez family, have ventured from downtown with their first full-service far North Side eatery.
Pete Cortez, the third generation’s eldest, proclaimed Mi Familia de Mi Tierra seven decades in the making. The restaurant honors grandparents — and founders — Cruz and Pedro Cortez.
“There’s something really sacred about the concept, the idea of ‘familia.’ It’s God and family,” Pete Cortez said. “Family can be defined in a lot of different ways. We just felt like this was a great opportunity to create a place where families could gather.”
The latest entry saw a Nov. 19 grand opening at 18403 Interstate 10 West in The Rim, in the former spot of La Fonda and Hofbrau.
The family opened the first restaurant in 1949; Mi Tierra followed in 1951. Today, diners frequent the Historic Market Square locale year-round sampling Tex-Mex fare.
Cortez calls the new spot festive and contemporary.
“If you’ve been downtown and you’ve experienced all of those traditional dishes, they’re all here … but we have a number of new dishes, too, that I think people will be really excited about,” he said.
Customers can try oysters Oaxacafeller, a twist on conventional oysters Rockefeller, or pez del día, fish of the day, or stick to the classics such as enchiladas and tacos.
“In San Antonio, there’s so many Tex-Mex restaurants that it’s like Starbucks in Seattle. You’re going to find one on every corner, but not every one of those is going to have an experience that you’re going to get when you come to a restaurant like this,” Cortez said.
Hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.
MI FAMILIA DE MI TIERRA
18403 Interstate 10 West