Nearly a year after opening a Little Donkey location off U.S. 280 near Big Bad Breakfast, owner and chef Joshua Gentry shares the taqueria-style restaurant chain’s rebranding plans involving a new menu and weekend brunch.
Can you tell us a little about Little Donkey’s background?
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, Alabama, and one in Nashville, Tennessee.
What are your thoughts on this expansion?
We’re thrilled about the growth and success Little Donkey has seen over the past six years. As such, we felt it was time to offer a refreshed menu and branding, and we are excited to share it with our guests.
What will the revamped menu at Little Donkey include?
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; Chicken, Steak and Shrimp Fajitas; and Enchilada Mole, which features smoked pork, corn tortillas, Mole rojo and crema.
What parts will remain the same?
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.
What can patrons expect at the weekend brunch?
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.
Little Donkey restaurants are open seven days a week: Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. For more information, visit Thelittledonkey.com.