Category Archives: Reviews
The LEO Weekly newspaper is currently on a campaign to review and feature some of the city’s many immigrant-owned businesses and they have chosen us as their first stop. We couldn’t more thrilled about that! Robin Garr’s words are eloquent and generous. Please enjoy the piece here.
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 […]
“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 […]
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!
“Eat Like a Mayan and love it at Mayan Cafe” by Robin Garr Leo Weekly, February 6, 2013 “It says something good about Louisville’s dining scene, I think, that our town’s Latino dining experiences go way beyond just plain Mexican. Not that there’s anything wrong with traditional pan-Mexican/Southwestern/Tex-Mex, mind you, but an hombre can’t live on tacos, […]
BY MARTY ROSEN | SPECIAL TO THE COURIER-JOURNAL | JANUARY 5, 2011 Local food critic, Marty Rosen is a self-proclaimed “cheesecake fanatic.” And after one bite of Mayan Café’s Ginger Cheesecake, he is hooked. Learn the story behind this enticing dessert! Read the full article on The Courier Journal’s website.
BY MARTY ROSEN • SPECIAL TO THE COURIER-JOURNAL • AUGUST 8, 2009 “Ethnic food” is a convenient label. Like the classifications used in book and music stores, it’s one of those devices that simplifies life for diners (not to mention critics). But that same convenience and simplicity also distorts reality and stifles creativity. In music, […]
BY STEPHEN HACKER | LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE | September 03, 2007 When I called Bruce Ucan, chef-owner of the Mayan Cafe, after visiting his new East Market Street restaurant, one of the first things he told me was that, early in his career, “I didn’t like cooking.” Ucan started working in resort kitchens near Cancun “because […]
BY ROBIN GARR | LEO WEEKLY | June 06, 2007 Smut. Corn smut. It’s a nasty name for a nasty-looking thing, a black, disgusting fungus that turns corn kernels into swollen gray blobs that look like an alien mutation, a sight so gross that the ancient Aztecs named the stuff “cuitlacoche” or, literally, well, “black […]
BY MARTY ROSEN • SPECIAL TO THE COURIER-JOURNAL • February 10, 2007 The Mayan Cafe is a simple, elegant cube: sky-blue walls, black ceiling, fabric wall hangings and enough white tablecloth-clad tables to accommodate several dozen diners. Based on a recent weeknight visit, when the place was crowded with happy diners, those tables won’t be […]