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The Bayou

Ragin’ Cajun
Location: Capitol Square at West Main and South Carroll
By: Kailey

Craving some Cajun, I checked out The Bayou and it’s New Orleans style offerings. Much to my dismay, my lunch was not served with a side of Mardi Gras beads or jazz music. If you’re looking for that type of atmosphere, The Bayou has an actual restaurant located just a few blocks from their cart that is cutely decorated like a New Orleans street (I just went there for restaurant week – excellent Shrimp Po’ Boy sandwich).

Mini New Orleans – minus the beads

I stepped up the window of the quaint cart and was disappointed in my options – there were only three choices on the menu. One of them was soup and it was really hot out. (Did that sound whiny? Good. It was hot! Why would I want soup?) I ordered the chicken jambalaya for $6. For those of you whose only association with jambalaya is Newman saying the word on Seinfeld, let me fill you in.

Jambalaya, common in Louisiana, not so common in the Midwest, is rice, peppers, onions, celery and meat cooked with some spices. Mystery solved. I wasn’t sure what to expect in the spice department but the cooks in the cart assured me it wasn’t “too bad.”

Initially, I had lunch envy. Anna and I sat on the Capitol lawn and while she dug into her huge FIB’s sandwich, I had a plastic container of rice mixed with some stuff. I complained that I could have made it at home. I complained that it wasn’t that much food for $6. I complained that my butt was wet from sitting on the damp grass. Things were not going well.

Chicken jambalaya – more food packed in that container then I expected

Luckily, my meal redeemed itself. The jambalaya had perfect amount of spice and it was pretty tasty. I liked the green pepper chunks and the crunch of the celery. A few bites in, I realized I had misjudged the portions of my meal. There was A LOT of food there. I had enough for lunch and some leftover for lunch the next day. Not quite the little container I had sized up earlier.

It was a satisfying lunch if slightly boring. Maybe the cart can beef up the menu or start serving the incredible Beignets that they have at their restaurant.

Deliciousness: 3/5 plates
Price: 2/5 plates
Speed: 4/5 plates
Authenticity/Originality: 3/5 plates
OVERALL: 3/5 plates

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Kakilima: Authentic Indonesian Food

Hard To Pronounce, Delicious to Eat
Location: Library Mall
By:  Amy Huebner, Guest Streeteater

Editor’s Note: Amy is a newcomer to the foodcart revolution in Madison and discovered Madison Street Eats online. Amy took what she had learned about food cart fare from Madison Street eats and decided to go out on a limb and try something she had never tried – Indonesian Food! She sent us her review and has become our very first guest blogger. Thanks Amy for your well-written submission. -Kailey

After browsing the Library Mall food carts and thinking of ordering from Surco since it received such a great rating from Megan, I stumbled upon Kakilima-Authentic Indonesian Food cart. This cart had four main dishes and two specials which change every day. None of which I could pronounce. Fortunately, there are detailed food descriptions of the options for people like me! I have never tried Indonesian food of any sort and decided that there is no better time to start than now.

Kakilima in Library Mall

I decided on the Ayam Bakar – barbecued chicken breast with peanut sauce, served with rice and acar. What is acar you ask? No clue, but I decided to see where this food adventure would take me. It was a really warm day, so instead of opting for one of the Coke products they offered I stuck with good old water I had brought with me.

I paid $6.75 for my lunch, and stepped to the side for two other gentlemen to order. The line itself was only one person when I arrived, so the wait time was minimal. Less than two minutes later, my Ayam Bakar was boxed and ready to go. I walked with my co-workers to the Terrace, opened the Styrofoam container and dug in.

Ayam Bakar means “burned chicken” in Indonesian…this was delicious though!

The first bite was nothing less than delicious. The peanut flavor of the sauce was exactly what I had hoped for – which is good especially after hearing about Stephanie’s disappointment with the Pad Thai from Thai Riffic  that was lacking on peanut taste. The chicken itself was claimed to be barbequed, but I did not pick up any traditional barbecue tastes, it appeared to be just a grilled chicken breast.  This ended up being fine by me, as the peanut sauce was rich on its own. I initially thought that I had too much sauce and chicken for the amount of rice I received, but after a few bites in, it was a perfect ratio. Then it was time for the acar. I discovered that acar is a pickled cucumber and carrot salad. It is quite acidic all on its own but when mixed with the rest of the dish the richness of the peanut sauce gives it an excellent balance. Upon returning home, a quick look at Google confirmed that “acar” means pickle or pickled in Indonesian.

I proceeded to eat the entire dish, and was completely satisfied when I did finish. I would definitely order this dish again, and am now curious to try other Indonesian food items on their menu. Don’t let yourself be afraid of the items you aren’t familiar with – going out on a limb can be delicious!

Deliciousness: 4/5 plates

Price: 3/5 plates

Speed: 4/5 plates

Authenticity/Originality: 4/5 plates

Overall: 4/5 plates

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