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Louisville Distilled Article : “But is there gluten in it?”

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Lamb entree

One of Louisville’s finest food writers, Dana McMahan, has recently written a piece for Louisville Distilled, an online news source for positive happenings in Louisville, about the work we have done with our menu in regards to dietary restrictions. Our belief is that food is health and understanding how dietary restrictions affect what we do […]

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Edible Louisville Local Hero Award

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Edible Louisville's Local Hero Award Winner!

We are so honored to have been named Edible Louisville’s Local Hero for Chef/Restaurant for the 3rd time! This award means a great deal to Chef Bruce because of his personal dedication to local sourcing. You can find him most Saturday mornings at the farmer’s markets, often accompanied by his two small daughters who are assuredly eating […]

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Rabbit Story | Insider Louisville

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Rabbit: Is it destined to be Louisville’s ‘new white meat’? by Kevin Gibson Insider Louisville January 20, 2015 Kevin Gibson from Insider Louisville has really done his rabbit research. Quoting sources that promise rabbit is the new white meat, he purports that things could be changing on the meat scene in Louisville. Gibson talks with […]

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Our 8th Anniversary

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Red Mayan Cafe

JANUARY 18, 2015 Today marks our 8th anniversary! We are thrilled to have called NuLu our home since January of 2007. Actually, since 1997! Chef Bruce opened his first restaurant in our current location in 1997, so he’s really seen our neighborhood grow and develop over the years. Thinking back on some of the highlights […]

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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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