This past weekend was super sunny and very warm, so I brought out the summer wardrobe and decided to head to Corte Madera for an outdoor stroll. Once the hunger set in, the boyfriend and I remembered the tasty sandwiches we had last month and headed to Blue Barn.
The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:
Cute atmosphere with great sandwiches and a tasty tomato soup.
Corte Madera Hours
Mon – Sun 11 am – 8 pm
The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:
Blue Barn considers itself a “neighborhood deli” that serves salads, sandwiches and a couple soups. They have 2 locations in San Francisco and one in Marin. Their Corte Madera location is very appropriately themed; the outdoor façade is a wooden-paneled barn while the inside boasts wooden tables, mason jar cups, and burlap and wood table numbers. Both times that I have gone there has been a line, don’t worry though, it moves quickly. Once you order, you can sit down and the food is brought to you. They have a self-serve station for water if you didn’t order one of their many choices of drinks – they also serve beer.
What we ate:
- Tomato soup (small (12 oz.) $6/large (16 oz.) $7.25)
- Ragin’ Cajun ($10.50)
- Burrata grilled cheese ($9.75)
- The Choma grilled cheese (no longer available)
The tomato soup was great! It seemed very fresh, the consistency was just right and it was a generous size for a “small”. I also loved the croutons and cheese because it really added to the flavor and made it feel like a meal.
The Ragin’ Cajun is a ciabatta sandwich with peppered turkey, ham, sopressata, smoked gouda, pepperoncinis, pickles, arugula and a “cajun aioli” spread. It sounds like a lot, but the sandwich doesn’t feel overdone. It is served cold and the bread is just right (I hate when sandwich bread is either too thick, too hard or too chewy). I wouldn’t say the sandwich is spicy, but it does have a kick to it. If you prefer this with zero spice I would ask for the aioli and pepperoncinis on the side. The size of this sandwich (as well as the others) is pretty average, but very satisfying. I think this one, in particular, feels big because of all the ingredients.
The burrata grilled cheese is served on a ciabatta roll with burrata, roma tomato, arugula and pesto aioli. This sandwich is tasty, but not as memorable. As mentioned in the Cafe Madeleine review, I prefer my burrata cold. Since this sandwich is served hot, the burrata is very runny, which makes this sandwich super messy (and not the kind of messy that leaves you dying to lick your fingers). I think it could’ve used a little something, the tomato wasn’t too flavorful and the pesto aioli wasn’t enough to make this a repeat order.
The first time I tried Blue Barn was exactly a month ago (9/7) and I ordered the choma grilled cheese. It was delicious and my favorite thing I have tried so far. For some unknown reason they have stopped serving it, but I will mention it every time I go back and hope that it reappears on the menu. (This is the sandwich pictured with tomato soup.)
I have enjoyed both meals at Blue Barn and look forward to trying more sandwiches (and some salads – they look delicious).