News & Reviews

Read what other people are saying about the Mayan Cafe and Chef Bruce Ucan.

Tok-sel Lima Beans recipe

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Tok-sel Lima Beans

Growing up in a small village in southern Mexico, Chef Bruce Ucan roasted beans using this ancient Mayan recipe. At the Mayan Café, his tasty tok-sel lima beans surprise & delight customers.

Burrito & Margarita Mondays | November 2013

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Fish 'n Chips Burrito with Safe-Cilantro Margarita

Every Monday evening in November, we’ll be offering “Burrito & Margarita Night”. Each week, we’ll offer two new burritos (one vegetarian option) paired with a special margarita. How do blueberry-basil or strawberry-mango sound?! We’re celebrating the fall harvest in Mayan style by featuring fresh vegetables, local meats & sustainable seafood all rolled up into these killer burritos. […]

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Our “last meal” special menu : December 2012

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End of the World special menu

If you’ve been asking yourself that question we’ve been hearing for several years now, the answer is, “Of course we’re anticipating the end of the Mayan calendar, December 21, 2012, with breath held and excitement mounted!” Our chef, Bruce Ucán, and his brother, our chef de cuisine, Willy Ucán, sat down to discuss what dishes […]

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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January Feature Menu

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The Juice King | January 2015 feature menu

This month, we are featuring what we have fondly termed “New Year’s Resolution Specials”. One of our goals for 2015 is to show our customers that our food can be both tasty and healthy. It’s a direct extension of our commitment to farm-to-table sourcing. The dishes on this month’s menu are just a handful of […]

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Tamale + Tequila Mondays | January-March 2015

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Escape the cold this winter by joining us on Monday evenings for our tamale and tequila specials. Sip on craft, aged tequilas paired with Chef Bruce’s handmade tamales, and your winter woes will soon be gone. All of the tamales are gluten-free and every other week will feature a vegetarian tamale.  We want all of […]

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December Feature Menu | Sweet Potatoes

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December 2014 Feature Menu : Sweet Potatoes

This month, we are featuring sweet potatoes in all of our specials. These root vegetables are plentiful even in the cold months and are versatile in that you can cook them many different ways (as we are proving with this menu!) In the Yucatan, making sweet potato candy is a holiday tradition, so we thought […]

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2014 Holiday Hours

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a lively Mayan Cafe dining room!

We are looking forward to a wonderful holiday season, anticipating quality time with our loved ones. We will be closing for a few days between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, so we wanted to let you know when you can get in your lima bean fix! If you’d like to give one of our gift certificates […]


Edible Louisville Local Hero Award Voting

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Edible Louisville's Local Hero Award Winner!

It’s that time of year again! Edible Louisville magazine is hosting their annual Local Chef awards. We would love if you’d vote for Chef Bruce as the Local Hero chef. Bruce is both personally and professionally committed to local sourcing and the concept of sustainability. His two daughters have never had baby food – just […]

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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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November 2014 Feature Menu

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Chef Bruce personally enjoys surprising his guests. Whether its beet-flavored ice cream or his tok-sel lima beans that catch you off guard, Bruce wants you to try (and like!) the unexpected. This month’s featured vegetable is the Brussels sprout, another veggie that will shock you with its flavor and versatility. This is really what seasonal […]

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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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Fall Recipes | Pumpkin Soup

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Pumpkin Soup

We have been featuring this delicious pumpkin soup this October as a tribute to the pumpkin – not only a fabulous fall ingredient, but more importantly, a staple in Mayan cooking. Try this rich pumpkin soup at home and fill your house with the warm smells of autumn. INGREDIENTS 1 small pumpkin 2 roasted poblano peppers […]

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