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July Features: cucumbers!

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July Features cucumbers!

For the month of July, we have chosen the cucumber as our featured vegetable. Not only are they a refreshing addition to nearly any type of dish – sweet or savory – they are incredibly good for you. They contain Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, […]

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Marty Rosen retires from 11 year tenure as restaurant critic

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Marty Rosen

At the Mayan Cafe, we have been big fans of Marty Rosen for a long time. He has penned many beautiful paragraphs about our food, our beverages, our cheesecake!, and our general vision for dining in Louisville. He reviewed us in February of 2007, just weeks after we had opened in our current location, and […]

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USA Today 10Best Travel Guide

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USA Today 10Best

USA Today recently featured Louisville on their 10Best Travel Guide site. They listed places to stay, things to see & do, where to shop and what to eat. Out of the 10 must-see restaurants they selected the Mayan Cafe as their 3rd choice! They said “even in the trendy entertainment district of Nulu on East […]

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June Feature Menu: Beets!

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Beet Margarita & Beet Burrito

June 2014 | DINNER SPECIALS Our specials this month all incorporate beets in a fun and tasty way. Bruce, our chef, hated beets for the longest time until he realized that when HE cooks them, they are delicious! We hope you feel the same way. FEATURED COCKTAIL Beet Margarita   $11 Casa Noble crystal tequila | Triple […]

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Tok-sel Lima Beans Video

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Tok-sel Lima Beans

Since opening his first restaurant in 1997, Chef Bruce Ucán has had customers begging him for the recipe for his famous tok-sel lima beans. Years ago, it was printed in the Courier-Journal, Louisville’s local paper, and in 2007, it was featured on NPR’s Kitchen Window. The recipe is available on our website as well. Even with this […]

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May Feature Menu: Spring Veggies

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May Feature Menu

We have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of spring and the abundance of greens and vegetables it brings. Spinach, arugula, radishes, chard, asparagus – these green and red veggies look like little miracles after the gray (and white!) winter we’ve had. Potatoes are great, but they do get old after so many months with no […]

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Four-star review | Courier-Journal

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Sikil-pak | Four-star Review | Courier-Journal

Restaurant Review | Mayan Cafe Written by: Marty Rosen Printed in: Courier-Journal Dated: March 26, 2014 In this four-star review, restaurant critic, Marty Rosen, chronicles the history of Chef Bruce Ucan’s culinary story in Louisville – from the Gypsy van, to the Mayan Gypsy to the Mayan Cafe. “For almost two decades, chef Bruce Ucan […]

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Caitlin & Jay’s wedding | 9.21.13

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Caitlin & Jay's wedding | 9.21.13

This past September, we had the pleasure of catering Caitlin & Jay’s wedding at Caitlin’s parent’s farm in Shelbyville, Kentucky. Caitlin’s family had been coming to the Mayan Cafe for years, so we were thrilled to be a part of the celebration. Jay’s family had a farm in Virginia, so we used some of their […]

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StarChefs bio | Chef Bruce Ucán

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The folks from StarChefs magazine and website,, recently made a visit to Louisville. They interviewed Chef Bruce and took lots of photographs of the food and our place. Check out his bio here and enjoy the photos!

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Blueberry-Jasmine Shrub Cocktail Recipe

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Blueberry-Jasmine Shrub Cocktail Recipe

The inspiration for this early summer cocktail came from a trip  our general manager took to a small-batch vinegar shop in the area. Capshew Cellars is located in southern, Indiana and has a really great story. Bob Capshew, the owner, has been making small-batch vinegar and fruit wines for years, and his products are standing to become […]

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