One of my favorite things about the increasing awareness of dietary preferences and needs is that many restaurants can now satisfy both meat-lovers and veggie-fiends alike. Such is the case with Blue Shirt Cafe in Davis Square.
This little eatery isn’t anything fancy, but the food is fresh with a diverse selection of sandwiches, salads, smoothies and breakfast options. And the spicy Mexican vegetable soup is the perfect way to warm up on a chilly winter day.
Blue Shirt’s menu is neatly divided into vegetarian and nonvegetarian options, so it’s easy to pick out a meal that suits your preferences. Two paninis at Blue Shirt caught my eye: the Curried Indonesian Tuna Salad with apples, raisins and sprouts and the California Dreamin’ with tofu, avocado, lettuce, red peppers and horseradish.
In addition to warm sandwiches, Blue Shirt has a wide selection of wraps that can also be served as salad bowls (my preference). I really enjoyed my Thai-Seared Tofu with rice, a carrot slaw and house-made peanut sauce served as a salad bowl. The Miso Ginger Chicken (also available with tofu) and the Chicken (or tofu) Fajita also caught my eye.
One of Blue Shirt’s big draws is the cafe’s fresh juices like the Vegetable Bin (carrots, celery, cucumber, tomato, red pepper and lime) or the Immunity Power (carrots, red pepper, parsley, garlic, lemon and cucumber), which might be just what the doctor ordered with the flu going around. There are also several smoothies on the menu, like the Island Breeze (strawberries, coconut, bananas, strawberry-guava juice and sorbet) or the Peanut Butter Delight (peanut butter, bananas, low-fat milk, low-fat yogurt and chocolate syrup).
If you’re looking for breakfast in Davis Square, Blue Shirt serves organic multigrain pancakes and a selection of scrambles with lots of mix-ins, like fresh vegetables, cheeses and bacon or tofu sausage.
My only complaint about Blue Shirt is the layout. When it gets busy, which is pretty much around any meal time, the line stretches awkwardly in front of the door and it’s difficult to tell who has ordered, who hasn’t and where exactly you should stand. The cafe does have a lot of seating, which is nice once you actually get your meal, but be prepared to get a little jostled along the way.