Atlanta Orders In: My Abuelas Food brings island vibes to Auburn Avenue – Atlanta Journal Constitution

Starting as a pop-up in 2018, My Abuelas Food was invited to run the kitchen at the Spindle in February 2020. On Thursdays through Saturdays, Martinez, a pescatarian, proudly offers a menu that is split down the middle between meat and vegan dishes.

His signature Mr. Pig sandwich, for example, can be had with roasted pork and Swiss cheese. Or, it can be built with plant-based “pork” made with jackfruit. “We are a 50-50 restaurant,” Martinez, 33, said of the format.

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At My Abuelas Food, Luis Martinez pays tribute to his Puerto Rican grandmothers. Wendell Brock for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

At My Abuelas Food, Luis Martinez pays tribute to his Puerto Rican grandmothers. Wendell Brock for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Credit: Wendell Brock

Credit: Wendell Brock

While the sandwiches and starters stay the same, Martinez frequently changes the rest.

He’s been known to set up an empanadilla bar, at which customers can pick their own fillings, or stage a vegetarian burger blitz. March was mofongo month. (If you are a lover of the balls of smashed green plantain that are a Puerto Rican staple, they’ll return in July.)

If a friend has a birthday, he might ask them what they want to eat on their special day, and then he’ll put the celebratory plate on the menu.

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