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Santa Monica's Blue Plate is special

Last night, I was going to grab a healthy sandwich at the local "groovy" market (before my movie at the Aero), when I noticed the Blue Plate, apparently newly open for dinner. It looked like a minimalist neo-diner and I was intrigued by the blackboard menu. There was a little table waiting for one. The bill of fare was short and simple; main entrees = chicken, salmon and flank steak. However, I went for the turkey meatball bowl w/ rice and a side of sweet potato fries. The joint is a little small and almost cramped with small tables and small spaces, but it reminded me of Japanese noodle houses so I was okay with that.
The turkey meatballs were good, the spiced Italian sauce seemed fresh, not sugary but richly tomato-ey without being acidic or salty. The rice was brown I think and seemed quite healthy.
The bowl was filling and the delicious sweet potato fries were an order for two so I had way too much food.
The atmosphere was quite nice with a lot of local looking folks filling up many tables. The service was excellent; coolly professional and speedy but attentive. A celebrity sighting, too! Not cheap, but a great ambiance and food that I liked a lot. I will plan to go there again, next time I hit the Aero.

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  1. Whereabouts in Santa Monica (for those of us who don't know the 'Aero' as a point of reference)? And what celebrity was sighted, if I may ask (it's not like you're outing them at a lingerie store)?

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    1. re: silence9

      Blue Plate is at 1415 Montana.

      I have been here a few times for breakfast pre-remodel. I really liked their breakfast wrap, but it is a bit on the expensive side for what you get.

      I would like to try their soups some time, they always look good.

    2. Don't know who the celebrity was, but i do know that Blue Plate is on Montana around 14th. Glad to finally have a review as I've been meaning to try it.

      1. Can't opine to dinner, but had breakfast a few Saturdays ago. My omelette (and her scrambled eggs) must have been cooked with a blow torch. Eggs should be respected.

        1. Blue Plate has the best lentil soup in L.A. if you don't feel like making it yourself. Haven't had dinner there, but it's average priced for Montana avenue for lunch or breakfast, which means that it's pricey by normal standards.

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          1. re: Kevin B

            best lentil soup is at Carnival on Woodman in Sherman Oaks.

          2. Gosh, I think it's pretty average, and they always get my order wrong. Not worth the (long) wait. I prefer Marmiton or Cafe Dana.

            More important - how was Running With Scissors?