The Kangaroost [Portobello Mushroom]
Unless you’ve been living under a rock (don’t feel bad if you do, because there’s very few people who live as far under the rock as I do), you’ve probably heard about Kangaroostaurant. Even if you have not heard of it, you just may have seen the brightly colored Kangaroostaurant bus parked here and there throughout Appleton and the surrounding area. I won’t get into details because M has already covered that in her post about the Red Barn Edum and Cremini Mushroom Grilled Cheese, but the story is a fun and interesting one. The takeaway is that the mobile Kangaroostaurant has evolved into the community supported Kangaroost, which is located at the former Plum Hill Cafe location in Kaukauna.
Relatively Expensive, Absolutely Delicious
I have never really described myself as a “foodie.” I’m not much of an ingredient snob, I don’t particularly seek out unique food experiences, and I’m as at home in a truck stop diner as I am at an $80.00 a plate formal restaurant that has somebody’s name I don’t recognize on the front awning. However, I really do feel that the Kangaroost could be a true foodie destination here in the Fox Valley.
Relatively expensive, but you’re paying for quality, not quantity. In this age of massive portions that approach the absurd (I’m looking at you Victoria’s), it can be a little surprising when you pay $12.00 for a 4″ sandwich and a small mixed greens salad. Now, you have to take into account this sandwich is not just “a sandwich.” In this particular instance, it was a Portobello Mushroom Banh Mi. For starters, what is a banh mi? Broadly speaking, banh mi is a Vietnamese term for baguette. Perhaps more to the point, what is Kangaroost’s Portobello Mushroom Banh Mi? It’s sliced marinated portobello mushroom caps that are grilled and served on a deliciously soft and light baguette with a generous slather of Sri Rancha Mayo, pickled vegetables, and fresh cilantro.
Needless to say, this thing was outstanding. I mean, come on, look at it. Even the photo looks great and I’m no photographer. Was it $12.00 worth of outstanding? I’m really torn on this one. On one hand, $12.00 is pretty steep for a sandwich that, at its heart, is a pretty simple affair. On the other, I can definitely appreciate the quality, care, and community that goes into the food here at the Kangaroost. So, I’m going to have to step back and simply recommend that you give the Kangaroost a try and decide for yourself.
On a final note, the atmosphere in the Plum Hill Cafe building is very welcoming with wood floors and tons of vintage woodwork and natural light throughout. Service was also top notch, even after I realized I forgot to leave a tip and had to go back in all flustered and… have M give them one because I was out of cash.
The Kangaroost (Formerly Plum Hill Cafe)
313 Dodge Street
Kaukauna, WI 54130