Blue State Coffee

New Haven Area, Connecticut

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Blue State is a centrally-located coffee shop that is almost always packed. Don't expect to just show up and find a seat; people tend to camp out with laptops and both this location as well as the Wall Street branch.

The York Street location is better than the Wall Street one, if only because it has more consistent vegan offerings, from baked goods to prepared foods.

Indeed, I applaud Blue State for greatly expanding its vegan offerings of late. Now you can get some cold vegan wraps with seitan or tofu, as well as a curried lentil salad and a couple other things.

I had the vegan wholewheat cranberry pancakes ($3 for one) which was pretty tasty, even though it had been sitting in a fridge and then was popped into the microwave for ten seconds.

Similarly, their vegan pumpkin tea cake slice ($3) was big and well-flavored, though it could have been slightly more moist. Still, it was more than acceptable.

Blue State also has a decent selection of loose-leaf teas.

A few suggestions for improvement:

-get a hold of your supply chain. You advertise vegan cupcakes, but in the dozen times I've stopped by, they're never available.

-put time limits on tables, because otherwise people will set up shop there for hours and hours.

-clean up the tables more frequently as, in the rare event a table is actually available, it's covered in scraps, sticky substances and liquids.

-standardize the menus. The menu on the wall is not the same as the printed take-out menus, which also differs from the menu encased on a placard on the counter. To make matters even more confusing, none of that even matters, as whatever's in the cooler is what's available.

-how about offering some tofu scramble or vegan breakfast sandwiches with veggie sausage?

-drop the "vegan" labels, as I'm sure it scares people away from trying some of the dishes, even though they're inherently delicious

All that said, I'm glad Blue State is around.

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