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919 Divisadero St. (McAllister St.) Send to Phone
Western Addition hot-spot serves up hearty portions of crisp fried chicken, cornmeal-crusted catfish and other Southern specialties.

Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
  • Dress code: Casual
  • Entertainment: Entertainment Mon.
  • Kid-friendly

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Blue Jay Cafe Restaurant Review

: Named for co-founder Jay Foster (who also co-founded Emmy's Spaghetti Shack), the Blue Jay Café features classic Southern comfort food. The simple interior features a large U-shaped bar, along with a skylight and plantation fans on the ceiling. The walls, half painted cream and the other half deep blue, host the work of local artists. The ambience may be lacking, but hungry hipsters don't come for the frills, they come for the hearty fare. Try the catfish po' boy with chipotle aïoli, lettuce and tomato on a soft, sweet bun; or the Baltimore --- a sandwich of chicken breast chunks tossed with spicy mayo and bits of pimento and topped with cool tomatoes, crisp bacon and a thick slice of cheddar. We also like the creamy grits --- order them cheesy and the cook mixes rich Gruyère into the hominy. But the real star is the fried chicken --- the coating, smacking of paprika and rosemary, is thin but crunchy, and the meat is juicy and tender.
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