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Restaurant Showcase: The Little Donkey

Homewood native Joshua Gentry holds an order of Chiliquiles (pronounced “chili-killies”) as he stands by shelves of fresh produce and a machine that grinds corn in Little Donkey’s kitchen. Photo by Madoline Markham.2821 Central Avenue


A machine from Mexico grinds corn to be freshly pressed into tortillas. The smoker cooks only whole hogs from nearby farms with humane practices. A wood-burning oven bakes bread for street sandwiches. The kitchen at Little Donkey renders fat from pigs for tamales, squeezes the limes for their margaritas, and grills and smokes arbol chilies and habanero peppers for earthy tones in their salsa.

“We wanted real Mexican food that isn’t dumbed down and all melty cheese,” Chef and Managing Partner Joshua Gentry said. “We wanted to be respectful to this culture and their food.”

The kitchen goes through six cases of tomatoes a day and boxes of organic avocados that are shipped the day they are picked in Mexico.

Something about this fresh, local, authentic concept has attracted huge crowds since the restaurant opened in the old ABC store location in April.

“I thought we would have to be out on the street explaining our food to people,” Gentry said. “But we are busy like it’s spring break or something.”

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Pinches Tacos: Restaurant Showcase


Pinches Tacos Steak Tamale

Steak tamale served at Pinches Tacos. Photo by Arden Photography.

Ty Taylor is home, and he has brought a bit of Los Angeles with him to open Pinches Tacos.

Robby Melvin said he frequents Pinches not just to support Taylor; the rich, real flavors of Pinches’ food is the Mexican he enjoys most— to eat as well as to cook.

“Everything on the menu is fresh and made from authentic recipes, and my goal is to eventually taste the entire menu,” said Melvin, Salt Catering chef and a Homewood graduate.

The menu has unique offerings such as the cactus taco and the fish taco with Veracruz coleslaw burrito. “Tamale Tuesdays brings in a regular crowd,” Taylor said. Single tamales are $3.95, and a combo tamale with rice and beans is only $7.95.   Continue reading