Last night we had tickets to see Lucinda Williams at the The Alys Stephens Center at UAB. We ate at The Little Donkey before the 7:00 p.m. show. The building looks like an old warehouse, but the restaurant was very comfortable and not too busy at 5:30. I don’t usually like to eat heavy before an evening concert, but I made an exception. This food was not heavy and was anything but the typical Mexican flair. Sure the names were similar, but that was all that matched the tired menu of a Mexican restaurant. I had a grilled vegetable sandwich served on a fresh baked bun, with a big piece of goat cheese included in the mix. The sandwich was delicious and overflowing with good vegetables, lots of mushrooms, and the bread is baked daily at The Little Donkey. A side comes with the sandwich selections and I choose the Elote. It is corn on the cob served on a stick with cotija cheese and ancho chili powder. It was so good and when the manager came over, we asked about the makings of the elote. He told us the secret ingredients…. Duke Mayonnaise. They steam the corn, smear with a good helping of Duke Mayonnaise, then roll in the shaved cotija cheese and sprinkle with chili powder. It was excellent…. But I don’t usually eat mayonnaise. Now that I know, I would make an exception again. Sometimes, it’s better not to ask.
Our server had been on the job for only two days and when asked about their selection of craft beers, really could not help with our decision. However, he was very attentive and the prices were very reasonable. The Little Donkey is on my short list for great places to eat.
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