One of my favourite restaurants in town, I’ve been going to Blue Plate since it opened in 1999 and began serving its wonderful, hearty neo-American fare with plays on old classics like Meatloaf and Fried Chicken. Today, it can still pack in a crowd, so that last-minute reservations on a Friday night yielded only a 9:15 opening, but we were able to get seated around 9 or so by arriving around 8:45 and waiting for a couple of the counter seats.
Jeanine, DD and I have been talking for sometime about planning the big birthday trip - for Jeanine’s 40th and DD’s 30th - coming up in April next year. So we got together last Sunday to talk and plan. Jeanine’s family is from Grenada, and have 2 beautiful properties on the islands. We sent out emails, we searched for other accommodations, we looked for tips on what to see and what to do. All the internet surfing was hard work, so we needed some sustenance.
I'm not sure when I would have finally gotten around to looking into Citizen's Band had not a couple of my good friends (also enthusiastic connoisseurs of good food and drink), K plus D, checked into it recently and given it a thumbs-up. As it happens, we would be in the neighborhood attending the Almanac Beer inaugural bottle release party of their first-ever brew: a Summer Belgian with Blackberries aged in oak. The party was at City Beer Store, a few storefronts away from Citizen’s Band.
So after we had managed to consume one of the last few glasses of Almanac's Summer 2007 sour brew, we trotted over to the corner of Folsom and 8th. Narrow, dominated by a long 12-seat old-school soda fountain-like counter on one side, and a series of two-and-four tops on the other, the restaurant (CB) looked small but bright and cheery, the walls plastered with postcards, vintage photographs and old prints.
Sam of Becks & Posh recently posted on Blue Plate, one of my favourite restaurants in San Francisco. I've been there multiple times and have never been disappointed. It's located in the outer Mission, near Bernal Heights, and I consider it similar to Luna Park (another favourite) and Emmy's Spaghetti Shack close by -- really great food at reasonable prices, all with a very down to earth, cozy-casual feel that I believe epitomizes the best of San Francisco dining. On all Hallow's Eve eve Nora & I caught Spicy's show, "Gruesome Tales of Death & Destruction" at the Odeon. We got out around 930pm, and, instead of having to grab a burrito at one of the inumerable taqueiras that surround the area, we were gratified to find a fantastic alternative just across the street.