Mayan Manjar Yucateco

5209 W. Mississippi Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80226


  • Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
While we were waiting for our food at Mayan Manjar Yucateco, we glanced at the single television screen in this tiny Lakewood spot. It was playing a Spanish version of Rocky: an underdog movie in an underdog restaurant. And like Rocky Balboa, Mayan Manjar Yucateco, which moved into the former home of Maria Empanada in the spring of 2014, is a real contender. Owned by Yucatán-born brothers Juan and Isaias Bautista and their wives, it's one of the rare metro-area eateries dedicated to the cuisine of the Yucatán -- specifically, the food that the Bautista brothers grew up with. "All the recipes here are like what my grandmother and my mom used to cook at my house," says Juan, who worked in restaurants in Denver for more than a decade before launching Mayan Manjar. "Panuchos, salbutes, empanadas -- we learned all those in Mexico from my mom." And some of them are definite knockouts.

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