Date Dined: 11/16
I was able to try Blue Plate a few weeks back, and things have been so busy that I haven't had time to write about it until now. The result of this is that I really don't remember that much about the meal....which I suppose might be an indication that while it was good, it wasn't necessarily super memorable.
Here's what I do remember: My dining companion and I were able to get in without any reservation on a Friday evening at about 8. I think maybe there had been a cancellation. The dining room is cozy, staff are friendly and professional, and the crowded room made for a lively vibe.
Toasted Farro and Slow Egg - I can't recall the exact dressing/sauce on this dish, but I think it was a pesto of some sort. This was excellent and very different than any dish I'd ever had at a restaurant. Creamy without being too heavy, yet still hearty. Egg was soft with a runny yolk.
Gnocchi with Duck Confit - Rich and good. I think I remember this being on the salty side, but a generous serving and with moist, flavorful confit.
Pork Osso Buco - I can't remember what this tasted like, but I remember liking it. I also remember that the woman at the table next to me leaned over to ask what we had ordered...she hadn't chosen it, and was feeling a bit sad about it.
Macaroni and Cheese - I thought this was a decent version of mac and cheese, but in my mind nothing to write home about. In fact, I could get much better mac and cheese a few blocks away—at my own house, from my own oven!
Greens - I can't remember if this was kale or something else, but we had a side of greens which was good. Simple preparation, added nice color and some nutrients to the meal.
This was a LOT of food (but we ate pretty much all of it) and with two glasses of wine, the meal wasn't cheap. But Blue Plate is definitely someplace I'd return to, especially to try the fried chicken. Mainly I'd return for dependably good food in a nice atmosphere.
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