The biscuits and gravy at Bluebird Diner look delicious, but it's when you take the first bite that you realize you're onto something special. The sausage patties hiding under that creamy gravy are house-made, as meaty as a burger and richly flavored with herbs and spices. The French toast is extra fluffy, sprinkled with fresh blueberries or walnuts; a thick slice of smoky ham crowns the eggs Benedict. In the heart of Iowa City, a few blocks from the University of Iowa, Bluebird Diner marries classic diner ambience (chrome-and-vinyl chairs, breakfast every morning) with foodie instinct (asparagus in the omelets, great quality coffee). Service is college-town casual, and regular customers greet each other over the tops of their newspapers. Bluebird Diner serves the same comfort food with a nod to modern tastes for lunch and dinner. House-smoked brisket stars in the French dip sandwich, and Iowa-raised chops come crusted in herbs and garlic. It's not fancy food; it's just regular food done really, really well.Expect to spend less than $10 for breakfast and lunch dishes. Dinner ranges from $10.50 for veggie lasagna to $21 for a New York strip.