Local business owners Eddie and James Ledesma-Porter faced crushing adversity in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic forced them to close the doors at Remington’s – a favorite North Dallas seafood restaurant for more than four decades.
They owned and operated Remington’s for several years and, during that time, they grew accustomed to the hum of ticket printers, the subtle clink of glassware, the aromas of freshly prepared seafood filling the dining room and delighting guests who were like extended family. They knew many other restaurants shared their fate but sharing the heartache did not make it easier to bear.
Eddie and James converted Remington’s into memories. Then, they began truly pressing forward on their new restaurant concept, determined to make it a delicious reality in record time for their community of Corinth.
In the fall of 2019, the decision was made to grow their small hospitality company. Their focus was to create and improve the independent restaurant offerings in the Lake Cities area. They knew they did not want to be part of a national chain, and they did not intend to add another franchise option to the area. They engaged their hearts, as well as their heads, and got to work.
The result? May’s Eats Gourmet To Go, owned by Eddie and James. Eddie, who is also a Sommelier, and Executive Chef Brit Milam are both proud alumni of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. They serve as Vice-Chair and member, respectively, on the college’s alumni board.
“We created the concept of a gourmet eatery, bakery and café, focused on from-scratch foods with high-quality ingredients that can be enjoyed by omnivores and vegans alike,” said Eddie. “We want it to celebrate local sources, feature craft beer, fresh cocktails and sommelier-selected wines — all of which must be hidden gems and cost $25 or less. Most importantly, we want to plug into the community by creating a spot where people can have GREAT, fresh, quality food options for lunch or dinner and then take those meals and beverages home, to the park for a picnic, to the lake, or even to their kids’ ballgames”.
There is a Handhelds section on the menu, with a list of crave-worthy items including a savory New Orleans Muffuletta Panini that boasts in-house made giardiniera, and the Cuban Press with May’s Eats own Ohana pork – slow-braised pork shoulder in fresh pineapple and chicken stock marinating with a signature dry rub for more than 24-hours. Also, all paninis are served on local Empire Artisan Bakery bread.
Crisp salads are a welcome delight to the menu, with offerings such as Atlantic Sesame Salmon with Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette and the Sonoma Salad with fresh green apple, candied spice pecans, and feta crumbles in a light champagne vinaigrette.
There is also a menu of decadent desserts, including Bourbon Banana Pudding, Double Dutch Chocolate Cake with Almond Butter Frosting (you’d never believe it’s vegan), Luxardo Cherry (the original maraschino cherry from Italy), and Key Lime Cream Cake that will make your taste buds soar with every bite.
In April, May’s launched “Heat and Eat” meals for two and/or for four people. “It’s in the beginning stages,” explained Eddie. “I’m sure it will go through changes as we move forward, but our primary goal is to keep sharing the love and delivering excellent food and beverage offerings that are available only at May’s.”
Even the name of this new kid on the block is fun and meaningful. M-A-Y’s is a combination of Eddie’s grandmother’s names (Mary and Yaya), and their spirit of showing “love through food” permeates the restaurant in everything these guys do.
Having opened in late January of 2021 and located at 3400 Corinth Parkway next to Corinth City Hall, May’s Eats has already established a strong following with consistent five-star ratings on multiple social media platforms.
There’s something important to understand about May’s. Yes, many of the ingredients are pretty darn fancy, but that’s not what May’s mouth-watering, chef-crafted food is all about. Instead, it’s about having the BEST ingredients to ensure every bite is delicious.
Read the online reviews. They’re happy and filled with glowing comments about the food as well as the service. They’re enthusiastic and 100 % positive. With so many interesting aspects to May’s, the most intriguing is the contagious atmosphere of fun and excitement that Eddie, James, and Brit have managed to generate.
May’s is doing well, and the future says it will do even better. Swing by Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or order online via mayseats.com for delivery or curbside pick-up.
The talent, enthusiasm, and dedication of its three key players seal the deal. Besides, who wouldn’t support an eatery that shows “Love through food” by three guys who truly mean it.
headshots by Miranda Longoria Photography; food and additional photos by Luis Acevedo