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good dinner at Blue Plate

susancinsf | May 27, 200401:12 AM

last night was an impromtu celebration after a tough but sucessful work meeting, so comfort food was in order. Easy choice: I'd never been to Blue Plate,on Mission near Valencia, and had been wanting to try it, so we walked on down. We were just looking for tasty food in a sit-down atmosphere, but Blue Plate not only delivered, it exceeded my expectations.

apps: grilled squid for hubby, beet salad for me. hubby thought this was the best grilled squid he had had since his time on some small island in Greece (I wasn't there on said island, so I tried to ignore his reminiscing as too painful to hear). Beet salad was good, lots of watercress.

mains: hubby had osso busco, with couscous and a middle eastern inspired sauce. (I remember cherries and a hint of cinnamon). in a similar vein, he raved about how it reminded him of his time without me in Istanbul...however, after tasting my Blue Plate signature-dish meatloaf, he managed to avoid saying it was better than my meatloaf, thus getting back into my good graces...(for the record, mine tastes better, IMnotsohumbleO, but I will admit that with the crusty edge Blue Plate's does have a nicer texture...). Meat Loaf came with really good homestyle and garlicky mashed potatoes, and perfectly cooked green beans.

as for the dessert menu: YES, they had cherry pie with vanilla ice cream! I thought of my sister JanetinReno since she has been craving cherry pie. poor thing: the dinner we had with her Friday night at Baraka wasn't nearly as good, with overly sweet desserts (but that is a topic for a different post). So, we split the cherry pie, it was delish, and tasted not only freshly home made, but made with fresh cherries, as one would hope this time of year.

Total before tip was $99, a bit pricey for comfort food, but that included a $38 bottle of Scherrer Vineyard "Old and Mature Vines" Zinfandel,(sorry, forgot the vintage, 2000 or 2001?) that was the perfect splurgy drink for a celebration after a long day...

we had no trouble being seated right away without a reservation at seven, but folks were waiting on Tuesday night by the time we left. it is loud, but not unforgivingly so, and surprisingly comfortable despite an obvious effort to be 'hip' (or perhaps I am just too old to appreciate hip). I enjoyed sitting in the front room and watching the line cooks in action at the grill. This would be an excellent choice for dinner alone at the counter.

I'll go back. yet another great choice in the neighborhood.

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