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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 […]

September Features: Corn

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Cochinita Pibil with roasted corn

Our specials this month all incorporate corn. This vegetable is at the very foundation of Mayan cooking and culture. Ancient Mayan myths depict humans being born from the corn plant. It can be cooked so many ways – dried, ground and made in tortillas, roasted, boiled, you name it! It’s only fitting that we dedicate an entire month […]

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August Feature Menu: Watermelon

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Watermelon Salad

Our specials this month all incorporate watermelon. There is really nothing more refreshing than a juicy slice of watermelon in the middle of a hot summer, so we have found several fun ways of incorporating it into our specials this month. Enjoy! FEATURED COCKTAIL Watermelon King   $12 fresh watermelon juice | Copper & Kings colombard brandy | […]

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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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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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