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Tierras Mexicanas

Cara | Feb 8, 2004 06:25 PM

Another positive posting for this outstanding Mexican restaurant in a convenient Astoria location. I went based on Chowhounds' recommendations and was expecting more or less a dive. Not true. It's on the small side, but well decorated, clean and comfortable. The service is attentive. Unlike the experience described in a previous posting, the dining room is no longer freezing, although it was cold outside. The bill, including 2 glasses of wine and 2 Margaritas (deemed excellent by my companion), an appetizer and 2 entrees, came to $65, and we brought home part of one entree in a doggie bag because we were stuffed. The menu has the traditional Mexican dishes you'd expect as well as inventive variations on well-known themes. For instance, the delicious mariscada (seafood stew) came with rice mixed with sweet plantains. The excellent grilled calamari appetizer sat on a bed of black beans with several interesting chile-based sauces. My tampiquena (marinated, grilled steak with some sides) was also delicious. (One of the sides was a cheese enchilada with mole. I'm a big mole fan, but this particular mole was overwhelmed by cloves and not the best I've eaten.) If you live in Manhattan or Brooklyn, don't be daunted. Take the Astoria-bound N or W train two stops passed Queensborough Plaza, to 36th Ave. Exit the turnstile and go left down the stairs. When you get to the street level, turn around and face 36th Ave. You'll see the restaurant right under the El on the other side of 36th Ave. In other words, leave the station and you're practically standing in front of the door. No excuses! Let's keep this place in business!

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