Restaurant talk: Cafe Maya

Cafe Maya, in the former Ojeda’s space on the corner of Jefferson and Polk, opened a few weeks ago. Owner Sergio Pinto is part of the Ojeda family, which has owned that restaurant space for years. He recently took the reins from his aunt to launch his own concept. Pinto says his menu is inspired by his grandfather’s Yucatan roots.

The large portions of cochinita pibil (pulled pork) and chicken Monterrey are both tasty and well-presented. The menu also includes steaks, tortas, tacos, seafood and salads. The sliders appetizer consists of tiny pork, Cuban and fajita tortas, a clever idea.

Cafe Maya offers several weekly specials, including $3 margaritas on Mondays and half-price tacos on Tuesdays. Happy hour runs until 6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday with $4.50 margaritas and $3 Modelo draft. Sunday brunch is from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., featuring Mexican breakfasts, $8 bottomless mimosas $5 Tito’s bloody marys and $4 micheladas.

Pinto says he is also working on a vegetarian and gluten-free menu.

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