We finally made it to the Bayou! We managed to hit the road early enough to beat the morning rush. After a chilly 6 miles around the West End, the blast of warm air as we entered The Bayou Kitchen was a welcome feeling.
We’ve actually eating here since they opened several years ago. One thing I love here is that you can order from either the breakfast or lunch menu no matter what time of day it is. Be sure to check the daily
Specials on the wall before ordering. You may find a gem that is worth trying. I had the fortune of having Tonga Toast from the Specials list a few years ago. It was thick pieces of hearty Italian bread with a crunchy coating. I loved it so much that it has become a frequently requested item for our at home breakfasts during weekends or trips to Rangeley. The Dark Chocolate & Toasted Coconut Pancakes were very tempting this day.
The regular menu has many delicious options for both breakfast and lunch (Bayou serves breakfast and lunch only) and every one I have had has been fantastic. From prior visits I recommend trying the Veggie Homie Plate (home fries smothered with veggies and cheese), the Breakfast Sandwich (traditional style, but for a real treat, order is with the Andouille sausage), or El Rancho Verde omelet (a medley of Cajun and southwest flavor). If you are in the mood, Bayou Kitchen’s French Toast and pancakes are large and perfectly cooked. Another item to note is the Home Fries, quartered red potatoes with some light Cajun seasoning. You can see it all being prepared if you sit at the bar in front of the griddle.
As great as breakfast and many lunch options (Gumbo or Jambalaya or great choices -if available, get them with crawfish!-), I have one standby order that I order almost exclusively when visiting The Bayou Kitchen:
- Chicken Piquant (sometimes I add crawfish): Cajun hot and sour soup with chicken simmered in olive oil and vinegar with onions, peppers, garlic, tomato and spices. Served over rice. TALK ABOUT A WONDERFUL MEDLEY OF FLAVOR!
- Jalepeno Cheddar cornbread. Biscuits and other cornbread varieties are available, but I love crumbling a few pieces into the Chicken Piquant. FLAVORFUL WITH GREAT TEXTURE (crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside)! It is a special treat with some butter.
- Grits. A nice treat for our Yankee city. I add a dab of butter and maple syrup, but everyone has their own secret preference for their grits.
- A can of Moxie. I don’t know why, but it is a perfect compliment to this meal. I actually do not drink Moxie any other time.
Katie went for the breakfast sandwich and a side of homefries. I love the home fries done on the griddle. On the table I mix ketchup and some hot sauce which is a perfect compliment to the light spices on the potatoes.
The service and atmosphere at the Bayou Kitchen is a treat if your looking for local flavor with some Cajun taste. The staff is very friendly, the food arrives hot and fast, and the coffee is quickly replenished. Also, they are reasonably priced (our bill came to $22.00).
I used to think BK was a hidden gem in Woodfords Corner, but the word has been spreading. They expanded a couple of years ago, but still continue to have a full house for breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays. The wait sometimes will be up to 15-20 minutes, but they will call or text if you choose to wait nearby. No matter what, it is worth the wait if you want a hearty breakfast with some Cajun flavor.
See you on the road!