And the location might be Blue Island’s biggest issue. Had this Cuban place been located in a small downtown location a la Chicken-n-More, as opposed to a gigantic 70s-looking diner on Sprague, then I have a feeling Blue Island would have been a runaway success. As it is, though, the location makes it more of a destination restaurant, and really… This is a destination everybody should head out to.
See, the food is great. I have never been to Cuba, but from what I have been told, this is the authentic thing. And more importantly it tastes really good. I had the “Blue Island Special” sandwich, with chicken, ham, pineapple, and various sauces. The flavor combination was both delicious and refreshing, and, more importantly, something a little different from what we usually see in Spokane. The same goes for the Cuban coffee—a small sweet shot of caffein.
There are some vegetarian options too, and the hamburger-like sandwich I sampled was excellent.
Blue Island’s location isn’t optimal, and it will require a word of mouth reputation to attract the clientele it deserves. When we visited, it was empty, and that’s really too bad. You want to see a place like Blue Island boom in Spokane.