Michigan’s Best Local Dishes: Guatemalan and Mexican Cuisine Ixcanul Brings Authenticity

SPRING ARBOR, MI – Mariano Caal enjoys bringing his native Guatemalan cuisine to the Spring Arbor and Jackson communities.

“I’m trying to show and teach people how to eat a different type of food,” Caal said. “You know, have experience with Guatemalan food.”

He opened Ixcanul Guatemalan & Mexican Cuisine in November 2020 with his wife, Nila.

The most popular item on the menu is churrasco, a Guatemalan steak dish, said Caal. Pupasas, a corn tortilla stuffed with meat and cheese, are also popular.

Caal is happy to see the community embrace the dishes.

“They love it,” Caal said. “They are happy to see him. Some people have been to Guatemala often.

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Going forward, Caal hopes to add a beer and wine license and build a bar in a now closed back room of the restaurant. The interior of the restaurant features paintings by artist Jackson Doug Jones.

Ixcanul Guatemalan and Mexican Cuisine, 7851 Spring Arbor Road, is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, visit https://www.ixcanulcuisine.com or https://www.facebook.com/ixcanulcuisine. Call 517-795-2645.

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