As you round the corner of S. Jefferson and Winnebago, you come upon a lively neighborhood restaurant in south city: Lucky Buddha. One of my blog readers, knowing my affinity for Asian fusion, suggested I give it a try. (Thanks, J.P.)
The karma was good the night my son and I stopped for dinner. Customers were enjoying the pleasant, spring evening along with the live music, as friendly servers glided between tables delivering on the “fast-casual” atmosphere they boast.
We shared several items that had been recommended by reviewers: Gyozas, with a splendid peanut sauce, and the fluffy Kimchi Chicken Steam Buns. Each dish was attractively presented and easy to inhale. We moved on to split the Porkapocolypse Bahn Mi sandwich and the veggielicious Thai Spring Rolls. Both delivered bold, high-impact goodness.
By now I was eager to meet the food innovator, whose antics with Asian fusion had captured my taste buds. Later, as he visited at our table, Chef Rene Cruz spoke of his adoration for fresh food, creatively prepared and well plated. “I serve food that gives me goose bumps when I taste it,” he told me with a gleam in his eye. Now that’s my kind of chef.
There’s so much more to try another day. Wing lovers speak glowingly of the Crispy Fried Thai Marinated Wings. Also highly recommended, is the Five Spice Crème Brule and the Lemongrass and Basil Seed Cake with Lemongrass Ice Cream.
Put this one on your list.
Lucky Buddha, 3701 S. Jefferson Ave. Open: Tue-Thu. 5p-10p; Fri. 5p-11p; Sat. 11a-11p; Sun 11a-9p. Patio; live music. (NO LONGER IN BUSINESS)