Atlanta >Food & Dining > Tierra
1425B Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3030933.793465 -84.372412
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Northeast, Ansley Park
Atlanta's BEST Tres Leches – Recently I met a friend at Tierra restauarnt, a small eatery right next to the Atl. Botanical Garden. I had passed by it many times, but hadn't stopped. Well I'm sure glad I did. They have amazing foor & a great wine list!
The Pan Latin menu changes seasonally & a few items change every couple of weeks. The ingredients are always fresh & everything tastes incredible. The black bean soup & the Tres Leches cake (Three Milk cake) will make you want to "slap your momma!" Seriously I now crave the soup.
The atmosphere is intimate & cozy, and is a perfect place to go on a date! I love Tierra & I know you will too.
A Hidden Gem in Midtown – This is one of my favorite Atlanta restaurants! The menu changes regularly and every visit I'm impressed and surprised at the chef's combination of flavors and textures.
My last visit, over the weekend, was no exception. I ordered the scallops in a savory, chorizo and tomato sauce. They were served over a sweet, corn polenta that made my mouth water - I wanted to lick my plate it was so good! My friend ordered a vegetable plate and bowl of black bean soup. Their black bean soup is amazing - creamy and rich with a dollop of cream on top.
And of course, no visit to Tierra is complete without the tres leches. If you haven't tried it, consider yourself warned. It's addictive!
Love this restaurant. Quiet, intimate atmosphere, great service, and a menu that won't disappoint. It's a hidden gem, truly.
What a great neighborhood gem – I was at Tierra last Saturday and the food was excellent. The shrimp in Brazilian style cheese was absolutely fabulous. I was sorry to hear that it would be going away when they change over to the Spring menu this week, but I'm looking forward to going back and trying some new seasonal favorites. But I was also glad o hear that the black bean soup and tres leches cakes, which are both by far the best in town, are perennial favorites and available anytime!
Always great ! – I have been going to Tierra for several years now and have never had anything but incredible meals there. I always use it when I have out of town guests in and want to take them to a good restaurant...it is so reliable. The menu varies with the seasons and is inventive without being too extreme. Everything has a South or Central American flavor to it, healthy and well prepared. It seems all of the same staff have been there for several years as well, the sign of a well run establishment. The prices are moderate and a good value for what you get. It's just like a family run European restaurant, but set in Midtown. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.
Fantastic Latin bistro, one of Atlanta's hidden gems... – We went there on Valentines Day (2 days ago) and the restaurant was packed (which heightens the liability for your food to get messed up in my opinion). The atmosphere was nicely lit, the color of the room is amazing and I learned they have a back patio too. We were greeted immediately and we surveyed the plates in the room as everything looked fantastic. The food we ordered: Caesar salad w/Manchego--the strength was the cheese. The Casar we okay but nothing great, needed more dressing. Roasted Chicken breast
in Oaxacan black mole served with onion quesadilla and grilled zucchini--this dish was amazing. The mole was complemented by the quesadilla and the zucchini was firm, not too watery, and served as a solid way to clean your pallet. Grilled filet--Free range beef tenderloin over gordita with Mayan green sauce and cheese--this dish was the kicker for me. I don't normally order filets as I think they can be quite boring. I was compelled by the green sauce and gordita. I was incredibly happy with my meal. My meat was cooked perfectly, the Mayan sauce (a nice salsa verde) blended well with my meat and the gordita--which I felt held the dish together. Both dishes were plated perfectly, the presentation couldn't get much better. We had bottle of the Paul Hobbs 'Cocodrilo" Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 (all the wines are very reasonably priced) which blended well with our meal. Dessert was the fig pie, another great accent to the night. Hands down, Tierra is a new favorite..
Good, but not great – I'm split on Tierra, everything I got was mediocre at best. we had mussels for an appetizer, I got the beef tenderloin for the entree and the flan for desert. The mussels were cooked very well, but were in a very mild broth that made the fishy taste very apparent. The beef tenderloin was smothered in seasonings that completely overpowered the taste of the meat. The dish was not bad by any means, just overpowering and not what I expected. The flan was so bad that I could barely choke it down. It tasted like I was eating coffee beans plain. My boyfriend ordered the pionono to start which was absolutely delectable. He got the scallops for his entree which were easily the best scallops I've had in a very long time, intense flavor and cooked to perfection. For desert, he ordered Tres leches cake which was also great. I'd love to give Tierra a higher rating, but considering our experience, I feel like it's too hit-or-miss to be much above average. The restaurant itself was nice and made for a romantic setting, however, we were seated extremely close to other tables and could clearly hear our neighbors' conversation, it made me feel self conscious the whole time, as I felt like I was talking too loudly.
A side note- though I wouldn't say this affected my experience at all, there was a woman, who I now believe may be the owner, that sort of lurked around the restaurant, and since it is a small space, it almost felt a little intrusive. She seemed to keep a very close eye on the tables, though she never actually served anyone.
Overall, it was a nice place, and even though I got a few disappointing menu items, the rest of the food was good enough to pick up the slack.
Best Latin Food – Tierra is my favorite restaurant. They have a small menu, but it changes frequently. The steamed kale and the calabaza (squash) are incredible side dishes. The restaurant is small and can be crowded, but is not unpleasant.
Most Controversial Colesaw In Midtown – I am the world's foremost authority on cole slaw. As such, I feel that it is my duty to protest the wildly inappropriate use of pineapple in coleslaw. Who do these people think they are? First, pineapple in slaw; then what's next? Anarchy in the streets? Public displays of affection? You people and your coleslaw get a room!
Cuban & Latin American at it's finest – Seriously good food, and convenient to Piedmont Park and the Botanical Garden. Best tres' leches cake in ATL. Be sure to go on Wednesday, when wine by the bottle is half-price.
Best Mussels in Town! Tres Leches for Dessert is a Must!! – We recently had dinner on a Wednesday, when bottles of wine normally less than $50 are half price. Great deal for a very nice wine list. Started off with two appetizers - the mussels were delicious in a tasty broth, and the bread basket was the perfect for dipping in the broth. The crab frittata was a very generous portion, loaded with seafood on a crispy tostada-type round. For dinner, we had the seared tuna, which was cooked perfectly, i.e., medium rare, and the pork tenderloin with a tropical relish. It was moist and delicious, and was served with creamy chipotle mashed potatoes. For dinner, we had to try the Tres Leches, which I understand they are famous for. I can see why! Though not ordinarily a fan of desserts, I would eat this dessert at any given opportunity - breakfast, lunch or dinner! Our server, Jennifer, was excellent. Always there just when we needed her, but never hovering or intruding. And she really knew the menu and gave us good descriptiions and recommendation for our food and wine selections. Both of the owners stopped by our table to check on us and were very friendly. We will DEFINITELY be back!
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