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New Honduran/Mayan in Pasadena

Warthog | May 25, 2014 05:46 PM

A new place just opened in Bayview Square, a little strip mall on Fort Smallwood Road just east of the intersection with Hog Neck Road. It's called Los Mayas, and appears to have opened just in the last few days.

So far, I've gone twice, and loved everything I've tried - Mayan Chicken with banana (plantain?) chips (half chicken served in a big bowl over the chunks of banana/plantain, and topped with some kind of slaw and a spicy sauce); stewed chicken with rice, beans and a side salad; a dish similar to the Mayan chicken, but with spiced ground beef in place of the chicken; pupusas and one other appetizer turn-over thing whose name escapes me (starts with a "p" - top of the menu).

It's all been the sort of inexpensive, hearty, delicious food that always seems to be the staple of "the common people" in any country. This is the kind of place where the family cooking and running the place are presenting the food of their homeland, hoping that you'll love it as much as they do. These are the kind of friendly folks you want to see make a go of it. In that sense, it kind of has me flashing back to the old days hanging out at Ras Doobie's - and for me, that's high praise.

It's a small place, in the sort of location that is not going to get a lot of attention unless one is looking for it, but this place is worth seeking out.
If nothing else, it will give you a chance to broaden your Central American food experience. Not a whole lot of Honduran or Mayan places out there!

Los Mayas Cafe
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