Maiz Mexican Street Food
Maiz Mexican Street Food in Newtown came from humble beginnings. Head chef and co-owner Juan Carlo (Milpa Collective) began selling traditional sopes (thick round tortilla bases with savoury toppings) at the Summer Hill Farmer’s markets in 2020, which soon became a hit. It wasn’t long before he gave in to customer requests and opened a fully-fledged eatery on south King Street in 2021.
Stepping inside the courtyard feels as though you’ve been transported into a residence in Mexico, replete with homely touches such as hanging cacti and handmade clay crockery. A small retail section features house-made chilli oil and imported Mexican cheeses.
Sopes are still the biggest hit on the menu, with toppings such as a signature vegan hibiscus al pastor, spanner crab tinga and 16-hour slow-cooked beef barbacoa. Other menu options include hand-pressed blue corn quesadillas with pickled jalapenos and oaxaca cheese; and a changing selection of tortas.
The drinks menu hinges on Madding Crowd Coffee, but you might also try a Mexican black coffee brewed with cinnamon, star anise and brown sugar. There’s also Mexican hot chocolates of varying intensity, plus house-made coconut horchata and hibiscus-and-mint agua fresca.