A New Mayan Restaurant Is Taking Over Little T Every Sunday
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)
- A 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