By Maureen Post Special to Published Jun 03, 2009 at 11:10 AM

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.

Maureen Post Special to staff writer Maureen Post grew up in Wauwatosa. A lover of international and urban culture, Maureen received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

After living on the east side of Madison for several years, Maureen returned to Milwaukee in 2006.

After a brief stint of travel, Maureen joined as the city’s oldest intern and has been hooked ever since. Combining her three key infatuations, Milwaukee’s great music, incredible food and inspiring art (and yes, in that order), Maureen’s job just about fits her perfectly.

Residing in Bay View, Maureen vehemently believes the city can become fresh and new with a simple move across town.