When a new steak restaurant comes along you expect the focus to be on high quality, great tasting steaks. And that’s what MAYA Steaks & Seafood gets exactly right.
The upscale spot in Sandy Springs is the latest restaurant from Mimmo Alboumeh, chef and owner of Red Pepper Taqueria in Buckhead and Decatur. MAYA, named for Chef Mimmo’s youngest daughter, is an American steakhouse with a Spanish flair. Chef Mimmo, who was born in Lebanon, grew up in Spain and spent time in Italy before coming to Georgia.
Chef Mimmo is passionate about finding the right beef to serve. As he was planning the menu, he tasted selections from a variety of meat purveyors. From all of them he selected Braveheart Black Angus Beef, not just for the superior taste but for the treatment and processing of the cattle. Chef Mimmo even traveled to one of their farms in Tennessee to witness this firsthand. Braveheart beef is unique to MAYA; no other Atlanta area restaurants carry it.
It’s a good sign when a newly opened restaurant is packed on a Wednesday night. It’s an even better sign when it features a menu that makes you want to order every single dish – and better still when those dishes exceed expectations.
Welcome to the neighborhood, Gypsy Kitchen.
The restaurant is one of the first to open at Buckhead Atlanta, the new shopping and dining district. It’s the latest concept from Southern Proper Hospitality, which owns and operates Smokebelly BBQ, The Big Ketch, Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails and Osteria Cibo Rustico.
The décor, like the menu, is influenced by Spain with Moroccan and Indian flavors thrown into the mix. It’s that cool spot you would want to happen upon in Granada after an afternoon of sightseeing at the Alhambra.
It’s a see-and-be-seen kind of place, with a layout that makes it at once intimate and good for people watching. The outdoor patio is sure to be packed all weekend, as is the bar area that features a life-size metal bull.