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Santa Monica's Blue Plate is special

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Santa Monica's Blue Plate is special

Otius Gojius | Oct 12, 2006 05:57 AM

Last night, I was going to grab a healthy sandwich at the local "groovy" market (before my movie at the Aero), when I noticed the Blue Plate, apparently newly open for dinner. It looked like a minimalist neo-diner and I was intrigued by the blackboard menu. There was a little table waiting for one. The bill of fare was short and simple; main entrees = chicken, salmon and flank steak. However, I went for the turkey meatball bowl w/ rice and a side of sweet potato fries. The joint is a little small and almost cramped with small tables and small spaces, but it reminded me of Japanese noodle houses so I was okay with that.
The turkey meatballs were good, the spiced Italian sauce seemed fresh, not sugary but richly tomato-ey without being acidic or salty. The rice was brown I think and seemed quite healthy.
The bowl was filling and the delicious sweet potato fries were an order for two so I had way too much food.
The atmosphere was quite nice with a lot of local looking folks filling up many tables. The service was excellent; coolly professional and speedy but attentive. A celebrity sighting, too! Not cheap, but a great ambiance and food that I liked a lot. I will plan to go there again, next time I hit the Aero.

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