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Tierra del Mar - Columbia MD

dzoey | Jul 17, 2005 06:42 PM

I just tried Tierra del Mar for lunch in Kings Contrivance Village Center. It's a Salvadoran/Mexican restaurant that's been there only for a few months.

I haven't had much Salvadoran food, but what I had for lunch was very good. The Papusas were very tasty. I had one cheese and one revolito (pork & cheese). They were perfectly done, not too hard, not too mushy and lightly browned. They weren't too salty and tasted of (guessing here) the corn that went into the masa harina as well as the filling. To my surprise they were not greasy at all. At abour $1.50 a Papusa, a lunch of 2 Papusa, a chicken tamale, and a soda came to $6 - a real bargain and a lot of food.

The tamale was good, but a little plain, the chicken and potato filling going well with the corn pudding (or whatever the outside of a tamele is).

The plate was served with shredded cabbage with a sour-ish dressing and a orange colored sauce/dip that went well with the papusas. The salsa that gets served when you sit down is a little different than at Tex/Mex restaurants. It's not spicy at all and has no cillantro in it. A nice change.

The menu looks very interesting - they have main course soups and stews that look good and a whole fish was available as well as a couple of shrimp and steak preperations.

There are typical American-Mexican dishes on the menu as well (burritos, nachos, quesadilla), but I haven't tried them yet since I can get Mexican elsewhere in Columbia but this is the first Salvadoran restaurant that I know of.

I'm glad I tried it and will try to convice the rest of my family to give it a go.

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