The slightly smaller-than-life papier mache bovine looming over the doorway at Bleubird Cafe is a taste of the strangeness that is one of the newest additions to Boise's diner culture. Then there's the menu. Herb-infused Italian sodas shaken like James Bond's martinis, salads dusted with peanut shavings that patrons eat with wooden forks, and an unusual sandwich selection that includes the savory Cubano and a crowd-favorite Reuben. The place is packed during the lunch hour, but patrons shouldn't get too creative about when they visit: Bleubird closes at 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and is plum closed on weekends. 224 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-345-1055, bleubirdboise.com.
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