New Midland restaurant offers Tex-Mex favorites

Expanding on a lifelong family dream, sisters Mandy Decker and Brandy Martinez are bringing their restaurant concept to Midland. Five years ago, they opened up a Tex-Mex restaurant called The Taste of Bay City. Now, after renovating the old Bushey’s location in Midland, their latest restaurant Taste of Midland is open. 

Martinez, one of four family owners, alongside Mandy Decker, Laurie Decker and Tony Decker, says the new business took a lot of hard work.

Transforming the former bar space to a fully operating restaurant was also a family effort, with significant others and close friends putting in sweat over several months.“After five years of extremely hard work, dedication, an amazing customer base, and dedicated employees, our brother Tony and mother Laurie and the two of us decided it was time to expand our dream into a new city that currently had limited Tex-Mex options for food,” Martinez says.
 
From left to right: Mandy Decker, Laurie Decker, Brandy Martinez, Tony Decker.The restaurant has a classic Tex-Mex theme with upbeat colors like orange and green and features contrasting sophistication with darker trim and bar area seating. Transforming the former bar space to a fully operating restaurant was also a family effort, with significant others and close friends putting in sweat over several months. 

The quick-serve, fast-casual restaurant offers diners freshly prepared appetizers like specialty pretzels with queso, a la carte items like rice, beans, flaco tacos, enchiladas, full lunch and dinner menus with fajitas, chimichangas, and a specialty dessert menu with churros. 

Taste of Midland offers a full menu of freshly prepared appetizers, a la carte items, lunch, dinner, and dessert.Taste of Midland also offers rotating daily menu specials, a specialty drink menu, draft beers, seltzers and margarita flights. As for the menu items, they also have a family theme — many of which are Martinez family recipes passed down for generations. On occasion, homemade tamales by mother-in-law Irene are even on the menu. Other favorite menu items were handpicked and aptly named after family members. 

The restaurant has a classic Tex-Mex theme with upbeat colors like orange and green and features contrasting sophistication with darker trim and bar area seating.“For Midland specifically, we wanted to put a spin on it and offer the classic menu items as well as some new specialty items such as some of our appetizer options,” Martinez says. “We also let our Chef Alex Jean come up with some new dessert items and some upcoming vegan options.”

Taste of Midland staff are grateful to be part of the growing, supportive community. 
“Thank you to all of our customers who have been with us over the years, the new customers who have given us a try, and to anyone who hasn’t tried us — please stop in and give us a try,” Martinez says. 

Taste of Midland is located at 3001 S. Saginaw Rd. They’re open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and are closed on Sunday.

Read more articles by Sarah Spohn.

Sarah Spohn is a Lansing native, but every day finds a new interesting person, place, or thing in towns all over Michigan, leaving her truly smitten with the mitten. She received her degrees in journalism and professional communications and provides coverage for various publications locally, regionally, and nationally — writing stories on small businesses, arts and culture, dining, community, and anything Michigan-made. You can find her in a record shop, a local concert, or eating one too many desserts at a bakery. If by chance, she’s not at any of those places, you can contact her at spohn9@gmail.com.
Signup for Email Alerts