As a first time visitor to Monroe-West Monroe, I knew of two things-Duck Dynasty and good food. I have had plenty of friends tell me about places to eat there, but for some reason I never got around to it. I should have gone sooner because when I tell you the food was good, I mean it was really good.
If you want a place where the locals eat and love, you need to try out Kayla’s Kitchen in West Monroe (311 Wood Street). This is not your traditional lunch spot. Kayla’s is a plate lunch house where the menu changes daily. For around $10, you can get your choice of the daily meat, two veggies, bread, and a dessert. For those who want a vegetarian option, be sure to check out the veggie plate for around $8.
One of the regulars was sitting at a table behind me and pointed out that he has had everything that Kayla has served on the menu. “You can do no wrong with what you pick cause it is all good,” he said before devouring his Dijon Pork Chop. “I eat here at least three times a week and if they were open on the weekend, I would be here too.”
Kayla’s is only open Monday through Friday, 11a.m. - 2 p.m. or until they run out of food, which happens often. Everything on the menu the day I went sounded so good, but I decided on the Mojito Chicken with a side salad and cheeseburger soup. This was amazing. Flavorful mint and lime on the perfectly grilled chicken and soup with chunks of real beef and tons of cheese made for a filling lunch.
My favorite part of the meal came last with the dessert. I like to call myself a bread pudding connoisseur, so when I saw it on the menu I had to give it a try. When I tell you that this was the best pudding that I have ever had, it is no joking matter. You can taste the vanilla and the cream in each fluffy bite. This was so good that I would make the drive back to Monroe-West Monroe just for this little slice of heaven.
For more information on Kayla’s Kitchen or the daily menu options, call 318-361-7190 or go to their website.