By Marielle Songy, Mid-City Messenger
Tia Maria’s Kitchen, 2931 Tulane Ave., is serving up Honduran and other Latin American favorites made from old family recipes.
Open since November, the restaurant is owned by Jessica Almendares and her brother José.
The Tulane location is the second for the family. Their first restaurant, called simply Tia Maria’s, operated for three years in Gretna. It closed shortly after the 2010 Deep Water Horizon oil spill.
“The restaurant in Gretna was started by my husband and his mom,” Jessica Alemndares said. “The menu is all of her recipes and seasonings.”
A customer favorite is the Pupusas de la Casa, a choice of cheese, bean or pork pupusas. “The pupusa is a corn tortilla that is filled with cheese and another filling,” José Almendares said.
The menu is packed with other selections such as Pastelitos de Harina (fried ground beef pies); Bistec Encebollado (steak with onion) served with rice, beans, salad, tortillas or plantains; Tacos Hondurenos, four fried tacos filled with chicken topped with cabbage salad and grated Honduran cheese and served with a side of house-made salsa; Costillas de Elote (corn ribs) fried and dressed with Honduran dressing, Honduran cheese and Valentina’s hot sauce; and the Pupusa Sandwich, grilled steak, fried egg, avocado, refried beans and Honduran cream in between two cheese pupusas.
Tia Maria’s Kitchen is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and offers dine-in, take-out and delivery on most food delivery platforms.
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