Okay, so I have heard mixed reviews on Blue Plate, but certainly most were positive, and I had to check it out.
Emailed in a reservation and they called back immediately confirming it. My friend and I went, it was her second time and my first. The ambiance is really nice, great art on the walls, good music playing, good service too. Just enough so that we were taken care of, but the waitress kind of just checked in on us every now and again. Plenty of time for the dish of our lives uninterrupted.
We started with the grilled calamari in an olive oil, lemon, and parley sauce. It was cooked to perfection, the sauce was a nice compliment, but because the calamari was so fresh, it didn't even need a sauce. We also had the grilled hearts of romaine with blue cheese, granny smith apple (i think), carmelized onions, and some variety of nut. The "dressing" was to die for, the bacon was crisp but chewy, the cheese, apples, and onion totally complemented each other. Only slight critique is that the romaine could have withstood a few more minutes on the grill to break it down. There is nothing like a grilled salad, I swear.
We also shared the drunken goat cheese mac and cheese. Not a huge fan of mac, but friend insisted. It was good, but that is all I am gonna say about it...not over the hills impressed. We asked them to give us a half portion of the green onion rav with mushroom ragu. They were happy to accomodate and I am so glad they did. It was so damn good...and we had the niman ranch pork porterhouse. I haven't seen a piece of pig this big ever. I was so tempted to get this because I knew it would be good if it had been brined, and i would order and eat it any day of the week. the set it came with was so unique, too. carrot bread, grilled scallions, frisee and watercress, and a red wine jus.
We skipped dessert only because we were being supportive in our attempt to "keep it healthy" but they looked great.
I would definetly go back in a heartbeat. Their portions are large, their food is great, and the open kitchen/relaxed atmosphere make me feel like I am at home.