Our Cultura

Texas’ best Tex-Mex Restaurant

In 1941, Pedro and Cruz Cortez opened a little three-table cafe for early-rising farmers and workers at San Antonio’s Mercado. Eighty years later Mi Tierra Cafe is a world-famous landmark – the place hometown regulars and hungry tourists go for authentic Mexican food and a warm Texas welcome. We invite you and your familia to enjoy our famous Tex-Mex cuisine, listen to the strolling trios and to make memories around the table.

Our Mexican Bakery

In 1955, as a promise to his cousin Maruca, Pedro Cortez opened downtown San Antonio, TX’s finest Mexican Bakery and added “Panadería” in the restaurant’s name. Our famous Panaderia spans the length of our lobby, showcasing a huge variety of traditional Mexican pastries and dulces, all made fresh in-house daily by our Master Baker Don Jose and his team.



Internationally-known artist and San Antonio native, Robert Ytuarte restored and updated the “American Dream” mural and is now the resident artist at Mi Tierra Café y Panadería. A unique combination of study, work and travel has allowed Robert to develop an unusually powerful style that is unique among his peers.

View the American Dream Mural Located in Mi Tierra


Frida Kahlo

Mexican Painter

Cheech Marin

American Actor

Carlos Santana


Eva Longoria


Vikki Carr


Robert Rodríguez

Filmmaker, Screenwriter, and Musician

Vicente Fernández

Ranchera Singer

Gilberto Puente


Dr. Carlos Orozco


Humberto Saldaña


Judge Juan F. Vasquez

Judge of the United States Tax Court

Ricardo Romo

Former President of The University of Texas at San Antonio

Rep. Henry B. Gonzalez

Texas Representative

Charlie Gonzalez

Texas Representative

Henry Cisneros

Politician & Businessman

Congressman Joaquin Castro


Secretary Julian Castro

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Heriberto "Berto" Guerra, Jr.


Jaime Martinez

Labor and Civil Rights Activist

Cesar Chavez

Civil Rights, Latino and Farm Labor Leader

William C. Velásquez

Founder of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project

Jesse Treviño


Leticia Van de Putte


Lionel Sosa

Artist and Marketing Consultant

José Olmos

Mi Tierra Manager

Esperanza "Hope " Andrade

Community/Business Leader

Congressman Frank M. Tejada


Elvira Cisneros


Master Sgt. Raul Perez Roy Benavidez

United States Army Special Forces

Eusebio Trujillo

Dr. Ellen Riojas-Clark

Leader in Education

Fernando Reyes

Businessman, Entrepreneur, and Community Leader

Max Navarro

Founder of Operational Technologies Corporation

Beatrice "Bibi" Peña

Mi Tierra's First Cashier

Henry Reed

Ralph Hernandez

Founder of The Little Red Barn Steakhouse

Dr. Gloria Rodriguez


Ruben Mungia, Sr.

Career Printer

Jose Luis Villagomez

The Villalobos

Frank Herrera

Attorney for the National Labor Relations Board

Cesar Millan

Best-Selling Author

Archbishop Patrick Flores

First Mexican American to become bishop of the Catholic Church

Father Virgilio Elizondo

Mexican American Roman Catholic Priest and Community Activist

Pedro and Cruz Cortez

Founders of Mi Tierra

Pedro and Cruz Cortez

Founders of Mi Tierra

Oscar Jung

Ricardo Montalvo

Pedro Infante

Actor and Singer

John Quiñones

Anchor of "What Would You Do?"

Henry Muñoz III,

Entrepeneur, Award-Winning Designer, Cultural Activist, and Well-Respected Philanthropist

Rosemary Kowalski

Founder of Rosemary's Catering

David Cortez

Second Generation Restaurateur
and Leader of the Texas Foodservice Industry

Jorge Cortez

Ruben Cortez

Francisco I. Madero

Mexican Revolutionary and President of Mexico 1911-1913

Roy Barrera Sr.


Emiliano Zapata

Mexican Revolutionary and Advocate of Agrarianism

Venustiano Carranza

Mexican Civil War Leader

Dr. Maria Hernandez Ferrier

Leader in Education

Diego Rivera


Pancho Villa


Leonardo "Flaco" Jiménez

Tejano accordionist and singer

Chef Raúl Salazar

Ricardo G. Cedillo

Co-Founder of Davis, Cedillo & Mendoza, INC.

Pete Cortez

Christina Cortez

Cruz Cortez

Deborah Cortez


Raúl A. Almaguer

Rosita Fernandez's Husband

Juan Ortiz, Campanas de America

Musical Director and Manager to Campanas de America

Selena Quintanilla Perez

Recording Artist

Francisco Villalobos, Jr.

Sandra Cisneros

American Writer and poet

Manuel & Maria Cortez

Cortez Grandparents

Manuel & Maria Cortez

Cortez Grandparents

José María Morelos


Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla

Mexican Catholic Priest

Freddy and Ninfa Garcia

Victory Outreach Ministry

Benito Juarez

President of Mexico (1861-1872)

Kenneth Lee "Ken" Salazar

Former Secretary of the Interior

Master Sergeant Cleto Rodriguez

Francisco Villalobos, Sr.

Raúl Jimenez

Restaurant Owner and Businessman

Teresa Champion


Willie "El Curro" Champion

Flamenco Artist

Jesús Garza

Claro Villalobos

Chef Florentino Rubio


Rosita Fernández

Mexican-American Singer and Actress

Michael Cortez

Dr. Alfonso Chiscano


Cecilia Abbott

First Lady of Texas and Leader in Education