Sunday thru Wednesday
11:30am-9:30pm (kitchen) Bar stays open later
Thursday thru Saturday
11:30am-10pm (kitchen) Bar open ’til 1am
Blueprint New American Bar & Grille is a locally-owned and operated establishment that is combining innovative and eclectic ideas with some hometown favorite touches to provide a fun, welcoming, and comfortable atmosphere for our guests.
We’re providing some classic dishes and cocktails infused with new and exciting components to bring a fresh perspective to the local area. Our beautiful copper top bar seats nearly 30 people and there is plenty of room in our dining area for families and friends who are looking to have a pleasant evening out in good company. We offer over 70 beers that are constantly rotating and changing, and our specialty cocktail menu provides a wide variety of flavors, both classic and contemporary.
We have live entertainment every weekend and plenty of televisions to watch your favorite sports team win the big game! We have something to offer everyone, so come check us out!
Blueprint: Menu designed for a great dining experience
from the Worcester Telegram
By Ann Connery Frantz, TELEGRAM & GAZETTE REVIEWERM
Yikes — big surprises here! Don’t expect the average: Blueprint New American Bar and Grill scores higher, and for a good reason. The food and mixed drinks are genuine, and very good.
Sean McNally started Blueprint and his attention to detail here shows. With its rich interior colors, an industrial-tech ceiling, leather booths and wooden tables, the look is inviting.
We’d heard rumors of noise, which may be true on a busy Friday or Saturday night — after all, there are games on the overhead televisions and an oval bar is the central focus of the room — but we experienced no problems on a Sunday visit. While busy, the restaurant wasn’t crammed, resulting in timely service and easy conversation. Our waitress said they are working on technical improvements to muffle the noise.
But the real reveal here is this: good eating. Kudos to chef Dave Thielmann and manager Amy Courtemanche.
Four of us arrived around 7 Sunday, after the Pats’ ridiculous loss (that third quarter — really?) and most of the fans had gone home disgruntled, leaving a mixed crowd of diners to mourn the loss by filling our bellies and ignoring the Broncos game. We were ready to be distracted, and so we were with this meal.
Our server, Karmen-who-wishes-she-were-named-Karmella, was friendly and helpful, suggesting that I try one of the house’s unique mixed drinks, a white huckleberry Cosmo ($9). She was so right — just one will take care of you for the evening if you’re “easily influenced” by what you consume, as I am. Two will put you down. And it was “holy cow!” delicious — crisp and tangy, with none of the saccharine-sweet repugnance of many cosmos. My fellow explorers spotted the 16 beers on tap. They tried one of the many craft beers, a Dogfishhead ($7.50), a simple margarita ($9) that also tasted the way a margarita is meant to taste — less sweet and more zingy — and a smooth Pinot Gris, Cooper Mountain Reserve ($8) that won kudos around the table. (We are good friends; we share a taste.)
This was a very nice start to the evening. We picked appetizers next. While we were unable to get the bacon-wrapped Jalapeno poppers, we ordered spicy bacon-flavored deviled eggs ($6), six of them attractively perched on a plate, and the house hummus platter ($8), which includes Syrian bread from George’s Bakery in Worcester, carrots, celery, cucumber and flavored hummus. Each of these dishes was about enough for two to share. We passed them around the table twice, amply “appetized.”
Dinner selection at Blueprint may be tricky, as there is a lot of variety: sandwiches; hot dogs and burgers; flatbread pizza, and entrees. Sounds simple — but just wait till you see the choices. Blueprint’s style is to tweak the standards without “twerking” them. The result is a tempting menu with a smattering of regional foodstuffs. The appetizers were good: Fresh ingredients made the hummus platter stand out, and the deviled eggs (also local) were well-flavored bits of goodness.
Costs are reasonable: meal salads and sandwiches are $10 to $12; burgers, $11; hot dogs (with exotic toppings), $8; flatbread pizza, $10 and entrees mostly under $20.
Once again, the Sunday Night Syndrome struck — we couldn’t get the Greek lamb burger, which featured traditional Gyro garnishes. Our friend ordered a Cali burger instead, with avocado, cilantro, tomato, roasted peppers and onions, topped by Smith’s Country cheddar (Winchendon) and chipotle aioli. He remarked on its goodness.
A Cobb salad ($12) came as a visual and flavorful surprise as well: finely chopped ingredients blended to form a yummy salad of cucumbers, tomatoes, roasted corn, onions, bleu cheese (Great Hills, from Marion), mixed greens, avocado, pecanwood-smoked bacon and diced chicken. I was envious of my friend’s choice, but had made my own: seared scallops with lemon and herb risotto, truffle oil, red peppers and scallions ($22). This dish came with grilled asparagus, which I asked to forgo in favor of garlic spinach. The whole plate was splendiferous, no kidding. Like everything else, my dish was ample for my appetite.
The last dish tried was a Caribbean jerk pork chop ($17). It arrived, large and honey-grilled, with accompanying grilled sweet potatoes (addictive), roasted corn and smoked pepper salad. For my pork chop fiend, it was the answer to a prayer. He loved it, sharing a taste with me — along with what I stole when he wasn’t looking. Really delicious meal.
We were quite happy and full when Karmen-who-would, etc., offered to bring a bill. Instead, my hubby asked about desserts, which aren’t listed on the menu. Oh, yes, they had a few — all made in-house. We tried a flourless chocolate cake and an apple crisp with ice cream (each $7). Once again, we were tickled by what a difference imagination and the home-team touch can make to a meal. The desserts were rich and delicious, but by no means cloying. We appreciated the apple crisp’s fresh apple flavors and the chocolate cake’s velvety texture. Sure, we were now stuffed like turkeys ready to be rolled out the door, but it was worth the excess. They were so, so good.
Can’t say when I’ve enjoyed a simple meal so much in a casual, wear-your-jeans setting. Blueprint New American Bar and Grill is hidden in the old Joseph’s Bistro location off 2A in Westminster. It’s dark outside, but hopping inside. Look it up and enjoy.
Cost for four, with five drinks, was $131, plus tax and tip. You can spend as little or as much as you want with this nicely mixed menu, going home full and happy.