We finally made it to Blue Plate this evening and it made us happy.
After all the hype we were amazed to be able to snag a table for four for 7:15 on a Friday night with only 10 minutes notice.
Once seated we ordered for starters the grilled romaine salad and the broccoli and cheddar soup. Our kids were initially skeptical, but once they tasted the soup they wouldn't let my husband or me have more than a spoonful of it, so we split the salad. As luck would have it, it was more than large enough for two and just wonderful. The interplay of lightly grilled romaine, balsamic dressing, apples, caramelized onion, blue cheese, and bacon is just delicious.
The kids ordered sides of the macaroni and cheese, which they loved. My husband had the rib eye steak with french fries/garlic aioli and arugula, and I had the meatloaf with mashed potatoes and green beans.
I loved the meatloaf. It has a light texture and seems to be flavored with chipotle chiles and lemon zest, maybe some thyme as well. The mashed potatoes are nice, if a bit over abundant, and the green beans were cooked perfectly and still had their tails on, which I like.
A nice touch was that the kitchen garnished my entree with caramelized onions and bacon to make it match my appetizer.
I didn't taste the steak (ordered medium rare) but the DH said it's one of the better ones he's had out. The fries with aioli were really good and very garlicy.
My one complaint about the food is that it was overly salty (and I like salt).
Service was friendly and as good as you can expect in such cramped surroundings.
Dinner (2 apps, 2 mains, 2 sides, 2 beers, 1 wine, 2 lemonades) + tip was $110