News & Reviews
Read what other people are saying about the Mayan Cafe and Chef Bruce Ucan.
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.
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The folks from StarChefs magazine and website, starchefs.com, 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!
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 […]