Blueport Junction has a different approach to the lunchtime special. Instead of offering a dish for a cheaper price during set hours of the day, its owners guarantee that the special of the day will be served in five minutes or less.
“It’s a great meal for guys that are in a hurry because they only have half an hour for lunch,” said Valerie Ryan, co-owner of the Davenport establishment. “They can get it, eat and be done and on their way with a good hot meal inside of them.”
And when Ryan says “hot meal,” she means it. The daily specials for January include pot roast, chicken cordon bleu, country-fried steak and barbecue pulled pork. The meals are $7.95 or less and served with side dishes.
Blueport Junction regulars Bill Russo and Alex Ramirez appreciate the portion sizes they get when ordering lunch there.
“I’m full enough that I don’t have to worry about eating dinner right away,” Ramirez said. “It’s tasty, tasty and quantity, those two qualities. It’s well-prepared and you get plenty of it. It doesn’t leave you hungry.”
Russo didn’t order the special Monday, but his favorite dish was still served in about five minutes. His order of a breaded chicken breast sandwich, which is served with chips, was $5.50.
“The service is very good and the prices are right,” he said. “You get good food, it’s a trifecta.”
Russo said you can eat at Blueport for less than $10 per person if you don’t order drinks, which isn’t a problem when he’s there during his lunch break. But he enjoys coming back after hours during the summertime to enjoy the outdoor patio and casual atmosphere.
That atmosphere, supported by Western decor, is something Blueport Junction works hard to create, Ryan said.
“You can come in here with your friends after you’ve been out on the river boating or you’ve been out on a ride with your motorcycle,” she said. “You can come in here casually dressed and still get the quality of food that you would get at a fine-dining restaurant.”
$10 OR LESS
What: Blueport Junction
Where: 6605 W. River Drive, Davenport
Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. The kitchen closes at 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Specialties: Lunch in five minutes or less
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