From the Archives

Scott Pryor interviews David Cortez of Mi Tierra Restaurant and Bakery in San Antonio in this oral history from 2012. Foodways Texas members were lucky enough to enjoy semitas from Mi Tierra at our 2015 Symposium. Here, David shares stories of his father’s migration to Texas during the Depression and memories of growing up in the restaurant industry in San Antonio in the 1950s and 60s.

I always say that, “The Mercado was the cradle of Mexican Food, for Tejas, San Antonio, and The Market, is still cooking the same food and traditions from way back hundreds of years. My Father didn’t know that the word, ‘Tex Mex,’ he knew Americano, but things evolve.”
- David Cortez

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