Local taqueria celebrates blend of Mexican food and Southern soul with new dishes, interior updates
Birmingham-based Pihakis Restaurant Group announces the brand refresh of Little Donkey restaurant, a popular full-service neighborhood taqueria. First opened in Birmingham’s historic Homewood neighborhood in 2012, Little Donkey has since expanded to now include a second Birmingham location in Hoover, as well as one in Montgomery, AL, and one in Nashville, TN.
“We’re thrilled about the growth and success Little Donkey has seen over the past six years,” says Joshua Gentry, Chef and Owner of Little Donkey. “As such, we felt it was time to offer a refreshed menu and branding, and we are excited to share it with our guests.”
The newly expanded menu, now offered at all locations, mixes both authentic Mexican food and Southern soul, presenting a vibrant, yet approachable, offering to all palates. New dishes include Grilled Gulf Fish Tacos with sliced avocado, pico de gallo, lime and cilantro, the Albondigas Sandwich featuring pork and beef meatballs, roasted tomato broth, Jack cheese, crema, queso fresco, and pickled onions, and the Tamale Plate, which is made with freshly ground masa and served with two smoked pork or brisket.
The food offerings are complemented with a robust drink menu of house-made margaritas, Agua Frescas, local craft beers, and wine. Select items, such as Little Donkey’s Famous Fried Chicken, will transition over from the former menu. The restaurant will continue to grind its own masa as well as offer handmade flour tortillas in the newly added comal griddles. The full menu can be viewed here.
In addition to the expanded lunch and dinner menu, weekend brunch will now be offered on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The brunch menu will feature dishes such as Huevos Rancheros, Breakfast Tacos, and Gulf Shrimp and Grits.
“As brunch continues to grow in popularity across our markets, we saw this as an opportunity to better serve our guests,” Gentry says.
The Homewood location will also reveal updated restaurant interiors this summer. Notable changes include fresh paint and murals, reupholstered booths, a living plant wall, and a tortilla station.
Little Donkey restaurants are open seven days a week, Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. For more information, please visit www.thelittledonkey.com.