A New Mayan Restaurant Is Taking Over Little T Every Sunday

Complete with tamales, cochinita pibil, panuchos, and traditional dancing, a longtime employee of the SE Division bakery shows off the flavors of her childhood.

By Allison Jones November 18, 2014

Carmen Aguilar and Tim Healea

International influences are not uncommon at lauded bread and pastry curu Tim Healea's Little T bakery. French flavors abound (from a morning Croque Madame to frangipane pastries), Scandinavian-inspired open-faced sandwiches feature thinly-sliced gravlax, and the ancient grain teff makes a comeback in a behemoth loaf of sourdough.

But on Sunday nights from 5 to 9 pm, hungry diners entering the glass doors on SE Division and 26th should be braced for global flavor experiences on a whole new level.

Tierra Maya, a new weekly pop-up restaurant from longtime Little T employee Carmen Aguilar, offers a night of affordable homestyle cooking from Aguilar's Mayan hometown of Oxkutzcab, Yucatan.

The small but mighty menu includes:

  • Flavorful handmade salsas and fresh tortillas, like the ceviche-esque Xni-Pec de Yucatan (with red onion, chile, cilantro, lemon) and nutty Sikil Pak (with pumpkin seeds, grilled tomato, scallions, cilantro, habanero).
  • Chicken and pork tamales and a hearty vegetarian tamale filled with organic squash, kale, carrots, and poblano chiles ($3.75 each)
  • Yucatan street-food favorite, crunchy panuchos—fried tortillas filled with black beans and topped with lettuce, avocado, shredded chicken, and a hearty flash of black pepper ($3.75 each)
  • Savory and tender Cochinita pibil tacos ($3.75) and tortas ($9) filled with pork, onion, and habanero sauce slow-cooked in banana leaves (our favorite of the night, served with a very spicy habanero salsa)
  • Coconut flan ($4.25)

The pop-up's kick off featured traditional Mayan dancing, lively music, and a sweet introductory letter from Aguilar on the first page of the menu, thanking "the great man Tim Healea, who is giving me this great opportunity to bring you a variety of Yucatan's gastronomy." We'll raise a glass and join you in that thanks, Carmen (and see you next Sunday).

Tierra Maya at Little T
Every Sunday from 5 to 9
2600 SE Division St

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