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Mi Tierrita Restaurant - Patchogue

Mi Tierrita Restaurant
340 E Main Street
Patchogue, NY 11772
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Overall: 7/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 6/10
Decor: 5/10
Value: 9/10
Photo Credit: Elitia L. on Yelp.com
Our discovery of Mi Tierrita came when we passed it and just so happened to catch a glimpse of the sign. It is somewhat hidden behind a wall of trees so you'd never know a restaurant was there unless you got a good look (Those trees in the picture have grown quite large since the pic was taken in 2007).

We were eager to try a place that seemed to serve authentic Columbian food and we were not disappointed. The menu is in both Spanish (left side) and English (on the right side) which made it much easier to understand. The prices are relatively cheap for the amount of food you are getting. Platter descriptions seem to go on and on with the amount of food included. I ordered the flank steak with sauce which was a tomato and onion based sauce that was covering the entire plate. Next time I'd probably order it plain. It was served with what seemed to be both yucca and potato as well as rice and beans. I have to point out that there were 2 steaks to the entree, not just one. My husband ordered the 1/2 rotisserie chicken and though he just wanted white rice and sweet plantains, the waitress put the order in as a chicken combo which comes with rotisserie chicken, chicken soup, rice, beans and plantains. It was a bit of a mix up but she actually did us a favor because pricing what he wanted individually actually came out to be the same price as the combo and he got a lot more food. The manager/owner did come over to see what happened but it turned out okay. One thing of note is that the chicken soup is more for drinking the broth than eating the chicken pieces in it. There is a lot of cartilage and even bones in the soup that may catch the unexpecting off guard. Overall, all the food tasted great. I am a big fan of rice and beans and I couldn't stop eating them. The plantains were cooked perfectly and exactly what we love. All of the portions are huge so you'll definitely end up with leftovers (which tasted even better the next day!)

As for the service, there was that obvious mix up with the ordering. After that, our waitress only checked on us once, but it wasn't such a bad thing because we didn't really need anything. After our table was completely cleared however, she ignored us a few times and we had to ask the bus boy for the check. The bus boy was very polite, almost comically so, because every single time he wanted to pick up a plate he said "excuse me." When he wanted to speak, he said "excuse me." I think we heard "excuse me" about a hundred times in an hour. He was also the person who sat us and brought a high chair. Two thumbs up for him!

The decor to the place is minimal. The bar counter in the front seemed to be used more for expediting food rather than seat people. The picture hanging behind our table was really crooked and begged to be straightened. Overall, the restaurant is rather plain looking but with the quality of food and prices, it doesn't need to be anything more than it is.

I am glad we tried out Mi Tierrita and I look forward to returning soon. Just writing this review, I am already craving it so that has to say something good!

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