Yesterday, "Downtown Dining Week" took me to Bayou for lunch. Located near the everlasting bridge construction on Humboldt Avenue, diners can still get to this hot Cajun lunch and dinner spot, just follow the detour signs.
As expected, Bayou's lunch was authentically spicy and flavorful. Starting the meal with a Cajun caesar salad, Bayou's twist on this classic kicks up summer heat with a blackened Cajun seasoning contrasted by crisp, cool lettuce and rich parmesan cheese.
Likewise, the second course catfish tacos are southern to a tee. Serving up seafood tacos topped with traditional coleslaw, Bayou adds a house made maque choux of corn, peppers, tomatoes and onions. A squirt of voodoo sauce adds a flash of seasoned heat to an already full packed tortilla. I love fish tacos and Bayou's are some of Milwaukee's best; carefully constructing the perfect texture with crunchy coleslaw, crispy catfish and creamy sauces.
I finished the meal with a cut of Bayou's Key Lime Pie. A dessert screaming summer, the crunchy graham crust topped with creamy key lime tart creates the perfect blend of sweet and sour.
Our service was timely and extremely friendly. Clearly proud of their authentic Cajun flavors, the staff was knowledgeable not only about "Downtown Dining Week" but about the concepts and tradition behind Southern Creole.