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Mi Cocina Continues to Delight on Cherry Street

By BLAKE AUSTYN
Contributing Writer

PRIME LOCATION: Mi Cocina, 1342 E. 15th St., opened along midtown Tulsa’s Cherry Street in 2011. The restaurant recently underwent renovations that extended its outdoor patio, closed off its bar area from the main dining area and relocated its entrance to provide for a private event space.


BAKE AUSTYN for GTR Newspapers


Mi Cocina, 1342 E. 15th St., opened in 2011 along midtown Tulsa’s Cherry Street. I remember the struggle of getting a seat there on many evenings in the first year following its opening.

While the fanfare may have slowed down over the years, the restaurant’s popularity and food quality remain.

Recently, the restaurant underwent renovations that extended its outdoor patio, closed off its bar area from the main dining area and relocated its entrance to provide for a private event space.

The restaurant’s elegant interior feel is still intact, however.

My party visited on a lazy Sunday afternoon, ordering from the dinner menu and starting off with an appetizer of Ceviche de Camarones, with shrimp, jicama, mango, avocado and red onion, topped with a cilantro lime marinade. We were drawn to the dish because it sounded so fresh.

I was also drawn to the jicama ingredient, having recently been turned onto jicama, a vegetable I never knew much about. (Yes, I said vegetable.) It is part of the legume family. But depending on how it’s prepared, it can taste almost like a type of melon.
The jicama and the dish did not disappoint. The various flavors came together to create a bright, fresh starter before our meal.

For my entree, I chose the Tilapia de Mojo, a tilapia fillet covered with an orange-garlic mojo sauce and served with sautéed kale, mushrooms and bell peppers. The tilapia was perfectly flaky, and the vegetables were plentiful and crisp. While I was worried that the sauce would add a sweetness to the dish, I was happy to find that the sauce was mild enough that it only enhanced the flavor of the fish.

My two friends chose to share the Fajitas with a combination of Portobello Mushrooms and Chicken.

This is the menu item that I usually choose due to my love of mushrooms.

The fajitas came out steaming with sides of cheese, guacamole, sour cream and pico de gallo plus the traditional beans and rice and tortillas.

One thing I admit that I enjoy about Mi Cocina is the authenticity of its food and menu, including the use of Spanish throughout its menu—not something that I would expect from a restaurant chain.

Mi Cocina’s dinner menu consists of appetizers, soups, salads, tacos and traditional Mexican entrees, including enchiladas, Carne Asada and chicken dishes, with an average meal price between $10 and $14.

Mi Cocina also offers a lunch menu Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., a weekend brunch menu and gluten-free options.

Updated 10-04-2017

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