Given my lackluster dessert experiences, I haven't been compelled to go back to Bluestem since those first two visits, although I have a friend who swears by their brunch. However, they were catering at an event I was at, so I got to try out some of their savory offerings. Now, I know that catering is rarely something that comes out that well. They are not working out of a real kitchen, trying to feed masses at once, etc. I didn't have that high of expectations, but even so, I liked it less than I expected.
The staff however were great, dealing with the insane swarm of people that would come crashing in whenever they showed up with a new platter of food. They did it all politely and with a smile, which is more than I can say for myself, as I got literally got crushed by a mass of crazy people, acting like this was the first food they'd seen in days. I certainly threw some dirty looks. It isn't like they just pushed me, or threw elbows, they literally crushed me! Anyway, not Bluestem's fault, but I didn't care for their offerings. Certainly not worth getting trampled over :)
|"Miami-Style Cuban Sandwich".|
I'm not entirely sure what makes it "Miami-style", as that sounds like a regular Cuban to me! They serve this on their regular lunch menu at the restaurant.
The bread I really did not like. It was incredibly plain. It did have lovely grill marks, but absolutely no flavor, and a slightly strange texture. The ham and pork were both fine, but not particularly flavorful. The cheese was nicely melted. I didn't really taste any dijon.
So far, very, very mediocre. The saving grace: the pickle slice! I'd gladly eat a plate of their pickles, but I wouldn't ever order this sandwich.
|Sweet Fried Plantain.|
But they weren't very good. Oily, soggy, flavorless. I'm sure some of the issue is that they were being served as catering. Maybe fried offsite? And I have no idea what the cream was on top.
I would not get these again. Bluestem serves them as a side with the Cuban sandwich when you get it for lunch at the restaurant.