Medina, co-owner of Mi Tierra Mexican Grill on Rayford Road, opened his first restaurant, Casa Imperial, 13 years ago on Sawdust Road. After selling the eatery, Medina and co-owner Cynthia Sanchez decided to use their experience and passion for food to start a new venture, Mi Tierra, in December 2016.
“We’ve had a really good customer response so far,” Medina said. “People from the Casa Imperial location are now coming here. It’s a good area to be in, and it is going to keep growing out here.”
Medina said the restaurant offers both Tex-Mex and authentic Mexican cuisine, such as menudo, caldo de res and caldo de pollo, which are different types of classic soups. Enchiladas and fajitas are also popular Tex-Mex menu items at the eatery.
“We try our best here, and we have a good group of people,” he said. “We have a good response with our tacos and fajitas, and our stuffed chicken plates are also very popular. We also make our own flour and corn tortillas here in the restaurant.”
Mi Tierra’s menu also includes a variety of appetizers, soups and salads, burritos, chalupas, enchilada dinners and seafood dishes, like Camarones a la Diabla—jumbo shrimp stuffed with jalapeno, wrapped in bacon and topped with melted cheese. Desserts, such as tres leches cake, cheesecake and fried ice cream, are also available.
Medina said Mi Tierra not only serves lunch and dinner but also offers happy hour specials every day and a brunch menu on Sundays featuring omelets, pancakes, pan dulce and papas con huevos from 8 a.m. to noon.
The restaurant also has a full bar. Mimosas and bellinis are served during brunch hours, and specialty margaritas with various tequilas and fresh juices are made to order.
“The Supremo Margarita is our most popular drink at [the bar],” he said. “We are also going to add more wine to the bar menu as well.”
In addition to a variety of margaritas, the restaurant offers beer, wine and signature cocktails as well as nonalcoholic drinks, such as lemonade, tea and coffee.
For those looking to plan a party or a private event, a private dining room is also available at the restaurant that can be booked in advance, Medina said.
While Mi Tierra only opened a year ago, Medina said he is already thinking about growing and expanding the restaurant to other locations in the Greater Houston area.
“We’re probably going to think about growing in the future,” Medina said. “We’ve appreciated all the support we’ve gotten so far from the [community].”
3555 Rayford Road, Spring
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m, Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.-9 p.m.