People's Bakery & Lebanese Cuisine
In a word: Where can a young couple, who are having an evening out, not too much money, and they want to have a decent meal, you know, a decent kebab and a nice bit of donut, where can they go and get it?
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JM ate the lamb kabob.
John ate the chicken wrap with shish taouk and a Jarritos.
Nichole ate the tan tan chicken.
We took a rapid dozen for the office (ahem).
The bill was $17, or $8.50/person, for 2 meals and the donuts (thanks, Bucky Book!)
JM and John gave People's Bakery & Lebanese Cuisine an A-; Nichole gave People's Bakery & Lebanese Cuisine an A (see our grading rubric).
Tucked behind El Pescador, People's Bakery is one of the few places to get a real donut in Madison. They also make excellent Lebanese dinners and lunches. Check out this tan tan chicken:
Half a bird, falling-off-the-bone tender. Homemade aioli with fresh garlic. Cool, sweet red onions. And lovely presentation with liberal dashes of deep magenta sumac.
JM's lamb kabob also featured tender meat. Presumably roasted on a stick, here it was served tossed with tomatoes, roasted red peppers, onions, and a few beans. A side of cucumber yogurt and a bed of yellow rice topped it off. This food was that which you wouldn't mind eating again and again.
This was the first asynchronous A to Z meal we've had, too. Bit of a scheduling snafu had us leaving before John arrived (sorry, John). He got a chicken wrap anyway, which he says was very good. He also got a piece of bakery which he enjoyed with relish.
The bakery case holds up its half of the marquee with a huge selection of donuts even at 5pm. Madison's lack of donut options makes this a welcome experience even sans the great food before. We got a rapid dozen - we appreciated how easy it was to order and trust the assortment to the experts - and boy, was it an armload.
Thirteen treats total, including 2 that easily passed for 4 servings each. These monsters were perhaps a letdown, the big cinnamon swirl being none too cinnamon-y. The big plain swirl was even less interesting. That said, the others, whether filled, fried, or cake, were all satisfying. As the sign says, it's a welcome time for donuts.