Coco Maya Now Open in San Diego

Coco Maya, a Grind & Prosper Hospitality Group concept, has just opened in Little Italy, San Diego. The new dining destination serves up fresh Latin-Caribbean fare with elements of ocean and smoke in each bite. 

What used to be the home of the former Prep Kitchen in Little Italy, San Diego now houses Coco Maya, the latest culinary concept from Grind & Prosper Hospitality Group. The new dining spot is a chic, tropical island paradise with vibrant botanical elements, light bamboo accents and fun touches of neon.

With a menu driven by Executive Chef Ricardo Heredia, the dining destination offers a menu that explores the history of Latin America islands and regions of the Caribbean ocean. Some must-try items include the Cochinita Pibil, a Mayan staple with suckling pig marinated in recado rojo, banana leaves, frijoles, colados, smoked cojita, pickled veggies and heirloom corn tortillas; and the Tomahawk Suya, with 3-lb. bone-in ribeye, chili, black pepper, ginger, garlic, onion, lettuce cups and clarified butter. Each protein-focused dish is cooked over coals in a Josper oven for a unique smoky twist. 

Cochinita Pibil

In addition to contemporary dinner mains, Coco Maya offers a daily brunch menu from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with rotating pastries and Latin American dishes like the Chilaquiles Coco Maya with two fried eggs, totopos, black bean broth, pumpkin seed salsa, smoked cotija, onion and cilantro. Every dish at the spot is made with locally sourced ingredients, including fresh seafood from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch.

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