“Cuando hay hambre, no hay mal pan”. One of my grandmother’s euphemisms, which loosely translates to “when you’re hungry, there is no bad bread”. Despite being the matriarch of what is now ten restaurants, her humble beginnings are still evident by merely opening her freezer door. You’ll find a ziplock bag with no more than 6 ounces of refried beans, a container with barely enough habanero salsa for one taco, and banana pancakes from 2015.
Her journey from Merida, Yucatan to Los Angeles, California has been a long one, filled with highs and lows and many lessons in between. Regardless of her success, her identity never wavered. She was always proud of her upbringing in Merida, Yucatan, and her birth country as a whole. Those values have been passed down and will continue to be passed down to her great grand children and beyond.
That is Mal Pan’s identity, remembering where we are from and always moving forward.
Mal Pan will feature a menu of chef-driven Mexican comfort foods. We are featuring house made tortillas for tacos and burritos, marinades, and salsas. Expect big and carefully curated flavors, all while being approachable to all palettes. While the majority of the dishes will be available year round, there will also be seasonal chef specialties.
In step with the theme of our kitchen, the beverage program at Mal Pan (aka The Coco Bar) is also inspired by the old and the new. Our back bar is filled with a curated list of artisan spirits from the US, Mexico, the Caribbean and beyond. All of our craft cocktails are concocted with housemade syrups, fresh squeezed juices, shrubs, bitters and instagram worthy garnishes. For those that are taking it easy, we also have a list of zero proof drinks for everyone to enjoy.