by Benita Mathew
Located in the middle of a small, quirky street of Madison appears a restaurant completely its own. With eclectic and brightly-colored furniture, the unique design of the café is not easy to forget. Characterized by a bustling line running out the door, people can find the delicacy that is Lazy Jane’s Café and Bakery at 1358 Williamson Street. The restaurant is approximately a 20-minute drive from campus, but, believe me, it is definitely worth the trip! It has a comfortable, homey vibe. With the homemade meals and the cozy seating, I felt like I was eating in my own mom’s kitchen. I was surprised to see how well the welcoming and friendly staff got to know the many customers. They seem to truly care about us — as evidenced by a comment book situated at the front and exit for guests to share and leave their thoughts. Although the lines are long and the café may seem small from the outside, the restaurant has ample seating and is well worth the wait.
I ordered the chorizo scramble, recommended by the server as one of their most popular dishes. The scramble contains scrambled eggs with chorizo, portabella mushrooms, green pepper, onion and asiago cheese. It’s garnished with a side of potatoes and buttered toast. I also knew I had to try one of their signature scones, so I ordered a lemon scone. The chorizo scramble and delicious scone were the perfect mix of sweet and savory. I munched on the lemon scone first as I waited for the chorizo scramble, and I was hooked after the first bite. Soft in the middle, yet hard on the outside, the scone was baked to perfection.
Then the cook called out my name, and the chorizo scramble looked delicious. I didn’t have much experience with chorizo, but I thought it tasted fantastic. I thought the potatoes could have had a bit more taste, but the eggs and the delicious scone definitely made up for it.
With the reasonable prices and a welcoming, comfy vibe at the café, I say this is a must for anyone visiting Madison. Despite the long line, the signature scones themselves are worth the stop. There is also a bakery next door that is also owned by Lazy Jane’s offering delicious pastries and scones to-go if you are on a run and cannot stay for the lovely atmosphere inside the café. I picked up a couple scones at the bakery before leaving to share with my roommates. Although this café is off campus, I would recommend the trip to anyone looking for some great, homemade food. I am excited to bring my family back for brunch and try more scones. Lazy Jane’s Café has become a Madison must on my list.