So Lisa and I went to Mixto last night. To avoid the absolutely unnecessary flame, it's on PINE STREET BETWEEN 11TH AND 12TH STREETS IN PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
I really thought it was great. Certainly a different experience from Tierra Colombiana, but still excellent. The restaurant is absolutely beautiful, though it appears much larger than it really is. The menu is very extensive, the prices pretty low (though higher than TC) and the portions enormous. We started with the Plato Mixto which contained various appetizers: empanadas, papas rellenas, fried yuca, fried sweet plantains, fried ham croquettes, etc. Most were very good though the croquettes were a bit cold in the middle.
All entrees come with a choice of rice, choice of beans and choice of starch (yucca, plantains, etc.) which, when served on separate plates from the entree created a huge mass of plates on the table. We tried the fried pork and the Cuban ground beef casserole. The pork was in large chunks, fried crispy and not too fatty. They were very much like Latin American carnitas. The casserole reminded me of the filling that I put in my chiles rellenos: beef, olives, raisins, a bit of sugar, lots of oil. It was a little sweet, a little oily, but when mixed with rice, beans and plantains, it was pretty darn good.
They accepted the coupon from the Entertainment book which expires at the end of next month. With the coupon, it was $37 for the meal including a beer, tip and tax. Not bad at all. Since we live relatively close, we definitely will return soon. I'm glad it's finally open and as good as it is.