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Blue Jay Cafe

Adam | Dec 31, 2004 09:14 PM

I posted this on cragislist, but I realize a review type item belongs better here. So here it is, a bit expanded and improved upon.

Patty Unterman listed Blue Jay in her best restaurants of 2004 article. I had heard mixed reviews but this tipped it for us. We got the pulled pork sandwich ,$6.95, that she recommended. It was good but got soggy from the dab of coleslaw in it and the cup of soup that slopped a bit onto the plate. Companion got the catfish poorboy, $6.95, which was on a. Excellent-- crisp and greasless--'dipt' in spiced fine cornmeal and fried, served with crisp lettuce and chipotle aioli. Tasty but it tended to squeeze out of the soft, hamburger style bun. Fries were very good. All the sandwiches come with fries, salad, slaw or soup. The chicken-rice soup was tasteless even after I salted it. Other sandwiches include BLT and a couple different chicken sandwiches.

The fried chicken was perfectly crisp and greasless too - we got a leg, $1.05, which was incredibly moist inside. Breasts are $2.50, thighs, 1.25 and wings .75, what a bargain. They have biscuits and cornbread too. The kitchen excels at frying.

All the breakfast stuff going by looked good esp french toast with banannas, $7.75. The scrambles, $6.95, are inventive and the homefried looked tempting. The special was a spinach and feta scramble, but they had: blue cheese & bacon, veggie with zucchini, mushrooms, peppers, red onion, tomato and swiss cheese. Andoulle is featured in one but is also available on the side.

Quality beers $3.00 and wines $4.25 - $5.25 are reasonable. Housemade lemonade, limeade, Prince Nevilles Ginger Beer and Nehi Grape Soda standout among quite a few other offerings $2.00.

They also have a Cobb salad ($5.25 sm $7.25 lg) and a Avocado and Mango Salad with blue cheese and pecans($6.25 sm $8.25 lg).

Service was slow--only one waitress (who walked past numerous times without acknowledgement) and one cook and always about 20 people.

Overall, we'll reccommend it. Good atmo, good tunes.

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