Ask a Salt Lake City resident about the Blue Plate Diner and you’re likely to get a knowing grin and an enthusiastic response. The Blue Plate is known for generous servings of tasty traditional comfort food in a mom and pop restaurant-type setting. The service is fantastic and the food will power anyone planning on spending a day playing in the Wasatch Mountains or heading further east for outdoor adventures in the Uintas. Of course, any restaurant in an urban area with a reputation like the Blue Plate’s is going to be pretty busy, so don’t expect an empty dining room. Sunday brunch is a kind of a big deal in these parts, and if you opt for brunch at Blue Plate, you may have to wait a while for a seat. The wait will be well worth it.
What Makes it Great
The family-run Blue Plate Diner has a charming, retro feel. When you come in it's as if you’re walking into a ‘50s diner, complete with wall mounted memorabilia and a couple of decidedly retro, although rusty and a bit sad-looking old bicycles chained to the porch. It’s easy to become a Blue Plate regular. The menu is full of breakfast and dinner classics and delicious all-American food.
Food at the Blue Plate isn’t expensive, but we wouldn’t say it’s super cheap, either. Most breakfast items hover in the $6.00 to $9.00 range. Lunch starters are $6.00 to $7.00, while burgers and sandwiches fall in the $8.00 to $12.00 range. Most dinner entrees are between $9.00 and $13.00. Expect to spend $25.00 for you and a very impressed lunch date. The menu is mostly good ol’ ‘Merican cuisine. There are a few Mexican dishes thrown in there, as well. The Blue Plate is vegetarian and vegan friendly for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Guy Fieri, host of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, made a stop at the Blue Plate Diner for the show. Says Fieri, “I've never heard of Utah as being a destination for food but I’d tell people to come for the skiing and stay for the food. When it comes to the mix of funky, eclectic places that we do, you guys are kicking some butt.” John Bouzek, the Blue Plate Diner owner, admitted he was a bit nervous about being on camera while filming with Fieri but it all ended well with a very happy and satisfied spiky, bleach-blonde-haired host.
What You’ll Remember Breakfast is served all day, every day. The biscuits and gravy, smoked salmon eggs benedict, and the S.M.A. (spinach, mushroom, avocado) omelet are local favorites.
Parking & Hours Blue Plate is located on 2041 South 2100 East close to Foothill Boulevard and the entrance to I-80. It is family friendly and always filled with a diverse group of outdoor enthusiasts, travelers, neighbors and friends. Blue Plate is a ‘must-eat-here’ diner that you shouldn't miss. It’s a happening place, so don’t be surprised if it’s busy at whatever time you go. The Blue Plate is open from 7am to 9pm daily.
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