|El Sabor de Mi Tierra|
23976 Aliso Creek Rd
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
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Feeling recently like it was time to follow up on old recommendations, and get to a city I haven't covered yet in the blog, and get back down to the South County area I found El Sabor de Mi Tierra (or simply "Mi Tierra") in Laguna Niguel to fill all three requirements.
Featuring a colorful dining room with sitdown service for those with time to relax and a takeout counter for those on the go, Mi Tierra serves up some authentic Mexican food at very reasonable prices. My brother came along on this trip and we shared a zucchini flower quesadilla (quesadilla de flor de calabaza) as an appetizer, and he ended up eating more of it than me:
It was a lot more colorful inside than outside.
We both ordered horchatas to drink, which were refreshing yet dense so it didn't matter too much that they don't give free refills on their aguas frescas. They also had cantaloupe aguas frescas that day. I'm not sure if they change their available aguas frescas flavors from day to day but I'll probably be ordering the horchata again anyway on any future visits.
Mi hermano ordered a chicken flautas platter with rice and beans as his entree:
While I ordered the special dish that is offered up every Thursday, the Pollo con Ongos (Chicken with Mushrooms), with rice and steamed vegetables:
There were so many mushrooms that I think this dish could rightly be called Ongos con Pollo (Mushrooms with Chicken). Contrary to my expectations as a mushroom lover I even left a few remaining fungi on my plate, knowing I might have just enough room to sample Mi Tierra's flan. The rice in the entree was standard and the vegetables were almost bland but a little butter and salt fixed that.
I finished the meal off with a slice of the flan, which tones down the caramel aspect and revs up the cheesecake-like texture:
Eat your heart out, Cheesecake Factory.
Mi Tierra earns a 3¾ Speedy Gonzales rating: