After close to 200 reviews and 3 years of blogging, I have finally made it for breakfast at one of Salt Lake City’s renowned dining landmarks; Blue Plate Diner! Yes, the breakfast was pretty dang good!
The Blue Plate Diner is located just off of 2100 South going East towards Foothill Blvd. You can find parking off the street or there is a lot just North of the location. I found the inside to be about what I expected, full of cool artwork and nostalgic decorations on the walls. The place mats either have all of the US Presidents on them, or all of the US State flags and birds on them. Here is a little trivia for you. What U.S President lived the longest after leaving the White House? … The answer is Jimmy Carter who has been alive 33 years and counting. Here is another one, What is the most common state bird? That would be cardinal which is claimed by 6 different states. These were just some of the interesting things I learned while waiting for my breakfast.
My first visit happened to be on a Tuesday. Blue Plate has a different special every day of the week they are opened, and Tuesday was the breakfast taco special, so I had to try it!
This was a solid portion of food and all the flavors were well done. I really liked mixing the black beans in with the breakfast potatoes and sour cream. Another nice touch were the big pieces of queso fresca in the middle of the tacos along with a nice amount of pico de gallo. This was a solid dish.
I liked my tacos enough that I decided to come back a different day and try something from the regular menu. I went with the chicken verde burrito. This was a huge portion, and came with a nice little kick with it. It took me a bit by surprise, but at the same time, I really liked it. The burrito had a nice amount of melted cheese and sauce and the sour cream and guacamole scoops were nice and big.
The one thing that was a head scratcher for me was the number of awards Blue Plate diner has won for “Best Cheap Eats”. The plate I got above was just under $10 dollars. That is about what I would expect to pay for a breakfast plate. I don’t know if they used to be cheaper or what, and they are by no means expensive, just not super “cheap prices” like I was expecting to find. Actually if you compare menus, Park Cafe is cheaper, and Carl’s Cafe up in Cottonwood Heights is much cheaper.
Prices and menus aside, Blue Plate Diner is a really nice choice for breakfast. It’s located not to far off the 1300 East exit from I-80 just past Sugarhouse Park and Highland High School going East. Check out there wide assortment of breakfast specialties, and come back later for lunch and dinner.