ABOVE: Huevos Rancheros for 7 bucks.
MAYA RESTAURANT: 166 STILLWATER AVE., STAMFORD
When I walked into the Maya Restaurant on Stamford’s West Side today, I was horrified to see that the pastry case was missing. No more tres leches cake?
Fortunately, it had only been moved to the rear of the restaurant which was busy serving up big breakfast plates. We both went for the Huevos Rancheros, traditionally a Mexican dish, but this being a predominantly Guatemalan establishment, there were differences like the super-thick corn tortillas and the inclusion of fried plantains.
Maya replaced Corelli’s bakery, a long-time fixture on the West Side, reflecting the demographic shift the neighborhood has witnessed over the years. They opened with summer with a spacious dining area out front and outdoor seating along the side of the restaurant.
Most of the food here is Guatemalan.; the pupusas are popular, either filled with cheese or pork, both deliciously greasy and served with a plate full of wicked-hot pickled peppers.
Oddly enough, they serve a lot of Peruvian food as well. I’m coming back to try the lomo saltado. Choices at Maya run the gamut, you can drop in for a $2 pupusa for sit down for a full meal of steak or fish.
And then there’s dessert. I go for the tres leches cake which is appropriately soggy and sweet with condensed milk and a sugary icing.