Great Food Search: Mi Linda Tierra

May 28, 2022 | 2022 Articles, Terrance V. Mc Arthur, The Great Food Search

by Terrance Mc Arthur

The Great Food Search seeks out good food wherever it may be found, and sometimes it’s closer than we expect. Less than one mile from my home in Sanger, I found Mi Linda Tierra. It started out in the southeast of the town, but it recently moved to 1330 7th Street in the heart of the little city’s downtown blocks.

I’d heard of the place, partly because Mi Linda Tierra won the Sanger Taco Throwdown…THREE times! They are also known as the “Casa de Barbacoa.”

There’s a lot to like on the menu at Mi Linda Tierra in Sanger

Okay, it’s time for Spanish Lesson 1.

Mi Linda Tierra—My Beautiful Land (or: My Cute Earth)

Barbacoa—Barbecued Meat, one of those words from Spanish that the settlers from the States borrowed and mispronounced.

Mi Linda Tierra is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the weekend features Menudo (the food—beef stomach, also known as tripe—not the singing group that Ricky Martin came out of), but we started with some breakfast dishes.

The Big Boss Burrito. Eat it like a boss!

The Big Boss Burrito contains egg, meat (a choice of chile verde, barbacoa, or carnitas—my wife chose the chunky, juicy chile verde), with cheese and papas, all wrapped in a tortilla of major size. Mosey over to the salsa bar for sauces that give a swift kick to a meal that’s already impressive.

The BK Biker Torta. As open-face omelet to feast upon!

The Biker BK Torta is a three-egg flat omelet smothered in grilled ham, veggies, and meat (I stayed with chile verde for the morning), with flour or corn tortillas on the side. The eggs were fluffy, the ham was thin-sliced, and everything was delicious. It lured my wife away from her Big Boss Burrito, so I finished off her burrito (Wouldn’t you?).
Spanish Lesson 2

Burrito—Good stuff in a tortilla

Chile Verde—Green chili; a sauce over chunks of beef, best when made on the spot

Papas—It’s not fathers, it’s potatoes.

Tortilla—a thin, round bread

Torta—Depending on where in the world it is made, it can be a cake, pie, sandwich, or omelet.

This quesadilla is a real dilly! Filled with Barbacoa, it was quite filling.

Our next visit was for a lunch. I wanted to try some of the other meats on the menu, so I bought my wife a Quesadilla with Barbacoa. She devoured it, and she looks forward to more of the same. You fold a tortilla over cheese and whatever else you want to stuff in it, and heat it up until a lot of things melt. That barbacoa is serious tasting.

Talk about a loaded potato! The Que Linda Papa at Mi Linda Tierra in Sanger is One Big Daddy! Come and get it!

Sitting quietly on the menu, Que Linda Papa intrigued me. What was it? I found out! A goodly-sized baked potato loaded with lots of cheese, dolloped generously with sour cream, and topped with meat—in this case, Birria de Res. There was a lot to love, and I loved it all.

Spanish Lesson 3

Quesadilla—Cheese (and other things) inside a folded tortilla

Birria—Meat (originally goat) simmered in spices

Res—Beef (Birria de Res reminds me a lot of Pulled Pork, but made from a cow)

This is only a small dip into the cuisine of Mi Linda Tierra. My Spanish-English dictionary is worn out, and I haven’t even touched on the Asada, the Carnitas, the Pollo, the Adobado, or the legendary Red Taco. Call (559) 399-8692 to see if they are open, and to have food ready when you arrive because their hours are a bit irregular. You can even order with doordash.com for delivery.

I’m very happy to know that I live so close to Mi Linda Tierra on the face of this…Good Earth.

Happy Eating!

Check out more food articles and more of Terrance’s Great Food Search column in our Food Fun section. And check out a KRL staff profile this week on Terrance!

Terrance V. Mc Arthur worked for the Fresno County Public Library for three decades. He is retired, but not retiring. A storyteller, puppeteer, writer, actor, magician, basketmaker, and all-around interesting person, his goal is to make life more unusual for everyone he meets.

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