Category Archives: Press’s 16 Best Restaurants in KY | #4 Mayan Cafe

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Traditional Mayan dishes, a quality source of information for real estate services, recently published a list of the 16 Best Restaurants in KY. We are proud to announce that Mayan Cafe was #4! We were joined by other great Louisville restaurants such as Taco Luchador, Jack Fry’s and Hammerheads. They mentioned our traditional Mayan salbutes (pictured here) along with […]

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Courier-Journal | Cook’s Corner featuring Chef Bruce

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Cook's Corner | Chef Bruce Ucan

Courier-Journal October 28, 2014 “Cook’s Corner” by Nancy Miller INTENSE FLAVORS The movie “Food, Inc.,” about corporate farming, had a profound influence on Bruce Ucan, chef and partner at Mayan Cafe. The movie was in stark contrast to the foods and cooking of his native Yucatan Peninsula, and particularly, how his mother cooked at home. “Everything […]

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Mole with Dana McMahan

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Dana McMahan makes mole with Chef Bruce

Dana McMahan, a well-known food writer in Louisville, KY, recently traveled to Mexico. Before this trip, she had long hated peppers, thinking that bell peppers represented all peppers. Her mind was opened and her taste buds were pleased to learn that chilies are amazingly complex and really spice up a dish, literally. Returning from the trip, she […]

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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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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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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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Condé Nast Traveller | NuLu feature | January 2014

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England’s own Condé Nast Traveller magazine recently came to Louisville and thoroughly enjoyed themselves in our up and coming neighborhood, NuLu. They visited some shops that have been here for decades like Joe Ley Antiques and Muth’s Candy as well as new places like Why Louisville and Please & Thank You. This is what writer, […]

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Yucatuckian | Story Magazine | Winter 2013

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Yucatuckian_Story Magazine

“Yucatuckian” by Steve Hacker Story Magazine This winter, Story Magazine did a lovely feature piece on Chef Ucán. They learned all about his days of the Gypsy van, one of Louisville’s original food trucks, as well as Bruce’s vision for farm-to-table fusion with Mayan dishes. Steve Squall took some amazing pictures as well that really […]

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Food Network Star Damaris Phillips names Mayan Cafe “best fancy restaurant”

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Damaris Phillips

We were all excited here in Louisville when our hometown girl, Damaris Phillips, was on Food Network Star in this recent season 9. And we were ecstatic when she won!! Dana McMahan, a food writer we know and love, got a chance to interview her recently and learn Damaris’s favorite spots around the city. Among […]

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Kentucky Monthly : “The Food Renaissance in New Louisville”

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KENTUCKY MONTHLY “The Food Renaissance in New Louisville” by Sean Patrick Hill “…But it’s more than Southern hospitality; it’s the fact we are in a bistro on East Market Street in Louisville’s NuLu District, ground zero of trendiness in Louisville’s burgeoning arts and, especially, gastronomical scene…” Read this fantastic article here!

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