Saturday, September 5, 2009

The Hole-In-the-Wall Hunt

Our New Monthly Quest: To Find the Most Delicious Restaurant in Salt Lake City!

James and I both love to cook and eat, but we especially love to eat out at restaurants... its fun, usually tasty, and we get new ideas of things we'd like to make at home. Before moving here, we had already tried many of the big name restaurants in Salt Lake (Buca di Beppo, Biaggi's, Tucci's, Olive Garden, Macaroni Grill, The Roof, The Garden, Cheese Cake Factory, P.F. Changs, etc.) But now that James is in grad school, we need to save all the money we can. So we have decided to start the new adventure of eating once a month at a no name, ma & pa, hole in the wall restaurant and reviewing it for our family and friends. Our results may be both delicious and disgusting, but we are sure that we will find some cheap, less crowded gems for you.

This month we began our hunt at a place called The Blue Plate Diner located at 2041 South 2100 East, just a few blocks south of us. We see a wide variety of people there all the time and it peaked our curiosity. Could it be good? Last night we checked it out. When you enter it has the feel of an old time diner or soda shop. You grab a menu from the counter and seat yourself. Shortly one of the waiters with colorful tattoos will bring you a carafe of water and take your order. The menu is filled with home style comfort foods, but specializes in breakfasts all day long. Apparently this restaurant has won best breakfasts in SLC for the past 9 years and the "Best Eat on the Cheap" is SLC for the past 5. The menu ranges from $6 to $11 meals and has a surprising variety also on vegan and vegetarian entrees (probably to appeal to the hippie looking kids with dreadlocks sitting at the table next to us). They serve omelets, a variety of egg Benedict, tons of breakfasts, burgers, sandwiches, pasta, salads, enchiladas, etc.

So was it good or not? I ordered a cranberry turkey sandwich & steak fries and James ordered a Spanish omelet, hash browns & toast. Unfortunately I ordered the wrong thing for me... I don't know what I was thinking! I was too impulsive. The sandwich had a ton of turkey and a huge slice of cranberry sauce straight from the can. I hate jiggly canned cranberry... It wasn't their fault, I got what I asked for. I had just hoped for cranberry chunks in a creamy sauce. The fries were excellent however and I loved James' omelet. It was so cheesy and came with guacamole and more. James only critique was that he wished they wouldn't have drenched it in so much salsa. But overall the experience was good. We will go back again, but most likely to check out one of their delicious looking breakfasts. Also a little tip: after we ordered we saw on the wall their summer salad sale (6 amazing salads) and also their All You Can Eat daily specials. Friday night's is fish and chips, a veggie, and side. James wishes he would have seen that earlier.


Lindsay said... look awesome!

Emma and Dan said...

Only 48 days to go?! I'm so excited for you! It is so fun to see you with a belly - you look great.

honus and Cameron said...

You look great! So you are a month behind lindsay? awesome! good luck. I am almost 30 weeks.... craziness. I'll aslo have to check your blog for the local places to eat - we love checking out new places. We just tried otu a BBQ joint called Pats near nothing... my bbq pork sandwich was tasty. IT's not cheap, but we liked it. Def. a hole in wall.