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“Decadence masquerading as simple lunch fare” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bleubird

Bleubird
224 N. 10th St, Boise, ID
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Ranked #1 of 612 Restaurants in Boise
Cuisines: American
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“Decadence masquerading as simple lunch fare”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Surprising. That creamy first bite of a pastrami reuben. The earthiness of the purple potatoes in their blue cheese potato salad. The zip in their blackberry sage soda. $11.66 for the trio makes it slightly more expensive than other lunch places in Downtown Boise. But let's be honest. It's good. It's worth the wait to stand in line during the hot summer days.

Let's break down that pastrami reuben ($8.50). A healthy amount of thinly sliced beef pastrami sitting underneath purple cabbage slaw and a slce of gruyere chese, with a slathering of russian relish dressing. The slaw makes it fresh, the relish makes it tangy, and the cheese makes it rich. It's familiar, yet surprisingly different.

Pair that with the potato salad and a refreshingly zippy blackberry sage mimosa ($7), and it's pure decadence masquerading as simple lunch fare.

Let's say you want to opt for the Turkey and Brie ($8) instead. A fine choice, I might add. In this case it's the apples and fig preserves that elevate the sandwich, making you wonder why you haven't tasted anything like that before.

You'll find similar offerings with everything else on their menu. From the salmon lox to the smoked pork cubano, Both of which, by the way, I ask for a lemon slice to spritz on top of.

I hate only one thing: They are not open on Saturdays or Evenings. Why? It's selfish really. Because I want to have a mimosa without having to go back to work after I drink it. In fact. I may want to have two.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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sunnyvale1
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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“Try the bleu cheese potato salad”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

My husband and I were traveling thru to Portland and stopped to have lunch. We picked the Bluebird cafe from a suggestion on Trip advisor forum. I enjoy eating at local places when we travel. Bluebird cafe was perfect fit for that. I had the Pastrami Ruben. The meat was tender and not fatty at all. The bread that they served it on was fresh and delicious. You should try the bleu cheese potato salad. The blue cheese was not to strong. On the way out the door I saw them making some drinks that looked so good so I ordered a Pomegranate Sage drink. Try it you will like it. The place was clean as was the restrooms. My only suggestion would be for them to get bigger bags to take half sandwiches home in. Our bags ripped when we put are sandwich in them.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Idaho
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Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“Oh, yummy, yum. But be warned, not open weekends!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Picked the Bleubird for a business lunch. Line out the door the whole time I was there, but moved fast. Very telling about its popularity! Inventive, beautiful menu offerings. Had a really hard time deciding. Settled on the Turkey with brie. Drinks are made right there for you, basil lemonaide, rosemary grapefruit drink (I had the grapefruit) were are couple of options. Delish! Sandwich arrived on a paper-covered board with a nice side selection. Tried to go back today, but be warned, they are NOT open on weekends! Boo. Ended up with a really lousy lunch elsewhere. Oh, and only open for lunch!!!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Boise, Idaho
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Best lunch in Boise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

This place is GREAT! Basically a sandwich board - usually a line out the door. Hours are Monday-Friday 11-4:30. I had the Salmon Lox sandwich and LOVED it! Also a glass of chardonnay served in a petite mason jar! I could see them as they made each sandwich - not skimping on anything! The bread is fresh and so good! Lunches are served on a small plank board lined w/ parchment. Drinks served in cute mason jars. Not a ton of seating - so tag-team it if you are w/ a friend so one of you can grab a table while the other orders! I would recommend going after 1:30 if you have the option. There is also seating upstairs. This is a WIN for Boise!!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Imaginative, fresh food -- but don't go during lunch rush!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014 via mobile

I love their menu. GREAT combinations. Absolutely fresh ingredients (plus great rolls & primo cheese), condiments like fig preserves and fun, healthy sides like sweet potato salad. The atmosphere and the way they serve the food is charming. Only one downside: at peak times, the counter absolutely bottlenecks, and the line goes out the door. Go early or late.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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