Happy Wednesday dear readers! It’s one more day until throwback Thursday-is that even a thing-but we don’t even care because we are still on that pizza-good drinks-let’s explore a new town-kind of high. If you recall last week’s column, we visited Dodici Pizza & Wine in historic downtown Brownsville. Yes, we had 2 amazing pizzas. Yes, we had an amazing cheese board with 2 balls of burrata. Yes, we had an amazing salad, champagne flight, bottle of red and a tiramisu. What we didn’t mention was that right before that we spoiled ourselves with some aperitifs and appetizers at Terras Urban Mexican Kitchen, located just a short 6-minute walk away from the pizzeria.
Located in the old Sears building, Chef Christian Nevarez and Bartender Juan Flores have been serving up “quality interpretations of classic dishes/cocktails and daring new ventures into the uncharted territories of Mexican American food scene” since July 2016. With that, new dishes are rolled out every season, as well as some fantastic drinks (on top of your classics like a good ol’ French 75).
New York Fine Arts Graduate, Scott Wolfe, designs “reflect the hip sensibilities of the surrounding area while also paying tribute to [the] young spirit of their food and drinks.” Wolfe’s relaxed eclectic, yet elevated style, pairs nicely with the fun and exciting menu. This is definitely noted when ordering a drink off of their curated “Summer Creations” menu. Drinks like “Sana sana colita de rana” (green tea vodka, Chareau, cucumber, lemon, honey), “Si ya saben como me pongo” (blended Whiskey, Falernum, Allspice, pineapple, lime, Turbniando), “Nambe Sir” (Mezcal, St. Germain, Suze, acid Phosphate) or our favorite-mostly because it conjures up a nervous laugh while at the same time evoking the memory of our mothers- “Traeme el cinto” (Mezcal, Chartreuse, guayaba, lime, agave) reflect Mexico’s rich heritage for the spoken word, while saluting our youth and nights out across the border.
When visiting a new place, we tend to order the same dish (as our first round). Not because we are boring, but because it provides a common denominator amongst the many eateries that we visit. We decided on the Panchos. Now you may be thinking, “Why Panchos? That is beyond common.'' While that may be true, we can wholeheartedly say that these panchos left an imprint in our bellies. They were pretty easy on the eyes, too. Wink! They had the same base as many Panchos do: black beans, Mexican blended cheese, cilantro, crema fresca, but the sauteed, melt-in-your-mouth New York Strip prompted us to give this dish a golden star.
We complemented our first appetizer with some Chicharron de Pulpo and a Tuna Tartar from their tasting menu.
SIDE NOTE: You can order all 4 Tasting Menu items at a discounted price of $25. We were sold on this notion, but remember, Terras was just a pit stop before our actual dinner plans. We look forward to getting back there soon to enjoy some of their main dishes.
If you are looking to get out of the summer heat, get your lips on some liquid libations during Terras’ Social Hour (aka Happy Hour) all day Monday. You’ll be able to find $2.00 off of classic cocktails and appetizers.Yes, please! Where do we sign up?
Terras Urban Mexican Kitchen is located at 915 East Elizabeth, Brownsville, TX. Their hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 5:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 5:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. For more information you can reach them (956) 621-0886 or followed them on their social media platforms @TerrasBarNGrill (on Facebook) and @terrasurbanmexicankitchen (on Instagram). Their website (https://terraskitchenbar.com/) also has their latest drink and food menu. We were pretty excited to see the addition of an upcoming sister restaurant/bakery named Congress & Baker’s Dozen, but to our dismay, the rest of the tab only had stand-in text. However, that does not deter us, because we see Terra’s and look forward to your new ventures!
Gaby Jones and Trisha Watts work hand-in-hand with the service industry. Jones is in charge of craft and imported beer for L&F Distributors-South Texas and Watts is a freelance writer specializing in the marketing of the service industry. Each week they will have a new adventure and provide an opinion on multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. They can be reached at email@example.com.