Blue Cat has the most AMAZING dessert! Orange Blossom Flan. I would go just for dessert and intend to very soon. Flan is one of those desserts I have failed to make successfully for myself so I usually order it out. I have had a lot of flan over the years (in the US and in Mexico) and this is by far the most delicious flan I've ever had. It took me back to a warm March evening in Portugal walking under the orange trees full of blossoms filling the air with their delirious scent. Yes, IT IS that good. I wanted to order a second but my husband made me put my spoon down. If it wasn't gauche, i would have licked the plate.
Now that I've gotten that out of my system....The Blue Cat is a much welcome addition to the Fairmount Avenue restaurant scene. It's still sort of a hidden gem that needs to be discovered. It's byo and the wine store is just a few doors away. We have dinned at the Blue Cat on several occasions with friends, enjoying each meal, but on our last visit we were there for Saturday lunch/brunch. It was my birthday and I choose Blue Cat to kick off my birthday celebrations with my husband. I cannot pass up the black bean soup or the grilled shrimp with butternut squash. While everything I have tried on the menu is delicious, these are my two favorite dishes in addition to the flan. My husband ordered the cubano, one of his favorite sandwiches. He was torn between that or the huevos rancheros, which he's enjoyed before. He was very happy with his sandwich, which was quite generous.
My other favorite dishes include the papas rellenas, both of the empanadas, the San Julian salad, the carne asada, and for Sunday brunch the fresh fruit with yogurt and granola is so delicious. It wasn't available the Saturday we were there, or I would have ordered the fruit.
They usually have specials, which never disappoint. All the dishes are deliciously flavorful. The service is always friendly and the atmosphere is welcoming and casual. If it is crowded, it can be a bit noisy though. Be prepared, they have recently gone to cash only. Go to the Blue Cat and make sure to finish with an order (or two) of the Orange Blossom Flan!