Wow Tierra Restaurant in Midtown is hard to find, I wondered as I drove on Piedmont Rd looking for Tierra. Fortunately for me, I called and spoke to one of the owners and she very nicely guided me in the right direction to Tierra Restaurant. After talking with Tierra’s the owners, Dan and Ticha Krinsky, I found this is a common occurrence with patrons getting lost trying to find them. It is located in a bright yellow building on Piedmont Ave not far from Monroe in Midtown. Tierra recently added a new sign so they area easier to locate as well.
The good news with Tierra is that once you do find them, you can park yourself – no valet to deal with (a definite plus in my book). Upon entering the small (inside has around 15 tables, outside about 8 tables) Midtown restaurant, I was immediately struck by the cozy charm of the restaurant and friendly attitude of the staff. I was invited to check out Tierra Restaurant recently, and was very fortunate to have beautiful weather allowing me to sit on the outdoor patio.
The menu features a mix of tried and true favorites with a little mix up bi-weekly, as well as specials that are changed quarterly. It is Dan and Ticha’s way of keeping things interesting and including seasonal ingredients in their menu. For starters, we went with the Pionono (a beef filled pastry wrapped in a sweet plantain). This is a signature dish, never leaving the menu and the chef duo even prepared it on a recent Fox 5 Good Day Atlanta show. This was the highlight of the evening. It looks simple, but when you take a bite, you can taste the complexity of the flavors all working together for an extraordinary appetizer.
If you are a wine lover , then you’ll appreciate the well-planned wine list. Most wines are Chilean with a handful from Argentina. All whites are available by the glass and as are many reds. We chose one Cabernet and on Malbec, both excellent accompaniments to our entrees. But if you aren’t sure, servers can help make a recommendation.
Next up for entrees we went with the pork medallions as well as the trout. Our server said the medallions are a favorite on the menu and Glen ordered those. I went for the trout with a avocado sauce which just sounded light and perfect for a summer evening. I was really surprised by how tasty the pork medallions were. They were juicy and the chipotle mashed potatoes that accompany the dish gives it that extra zing that just makes is superb.
I did enjoy my trout as well. It was huge portion and cooked perfectly – flaky and tender. I wish I had ordered the chipotle mashed potatoes as my side. The plain white rice is bland in comparison. If you order the trout when you visit or anything that doesn’t come with the chipotle mashed potatoes make sure you get a side order – they are divine.
I did order a side of the Swiss Chard cakes. It sounds so unusual, but it was so delicious. It has a great balance of the Swiss Chard as well as the “cake” part. Not too doughy and not to vegetably either. And it comes in a white bean and onion mix. I highly recommend getting a side to share. The three cakes are a great portion for two to share. And, you know, if you are vegetarian you could order 3 sides and put together an extremely satisfying meal.
We wrapped up our meal with Tierra’s Award-winning Tres Leches cake. Oh Em Gee, this is insanely good. There’s definitely a reason it has won awards. It is moist as you would expect Tres Leches to be and sweet but not sickenly so. The portion was the perfect size for two to share. And when your server asks if you’d like a scoop of dulce de leche ice cream on the side, don’t even think about. Just say yes. Trust me, if you think the cake is good by itself, one bite with a dab of dulce de leche ice cream is heavenly.
It may be a bit difficult to find Tierra Restaurant, but it is worth the trouble. The staff and owners are so warm and friendly, but beyond that I can’t express how high the quality of the food is. I love the complexity of the flavors. Biting into their food, you can tell the owners put a great deal of thought and planning into a well-crafted menu. Tierra Restaurant is a hidden gem if ever there was one.
Extras: There is a special menu the week of 7/4 to celebrate Argentina Independence day (7/9).
1425 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
404 874 5951