Portland >Food & Dining > Blue Plate Llc
308 SW Washington St, Portland, OR | Directions 9720445.519624 -122.675175
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Neighbors West - Northwest
Normally I like a lot of variety in my restaurant life, but I’m perfectly content to get the same thing time and time again at this tiny downtown diner—the signature grilled cheese with tomato soup. It’s nothing short of perfect, particularly when paired with one of their seasonal milkshakes.
Rudest Staff in Downtown PDX! – I have been to this establishment several times and each time I have left with a bad taste in my mouth. This potentially great lunch spot is ruined by its owner and seemingly one wait staff. RUDE and obviously annoyed by patrons. Its certainly not an elite establishment, but for some reason customer service must have not been included in the Blue plate Business plan. BLUE PLATE BAD! Or should I say BOO PLATE. Don't waste your time or your 5 bucks walk around the corner to Mother's its worth it. BTW if I had my way I wouldn't even give it one star.
This is a great place! – Jeff and Sara were the friendliest and funniest staff! The food was wonderful and perfectly portioned. You've gotta try the sliders, tomato soup and drinks. We'll definitely be back.
Good food with a bad attitude – My entire experience was ruined by one sentence. Apparently, Chef Jeff didn't appreciate that not everyone in my party showed up (6 of 10 confirmed). He came up to us and said, "Just so you know, you cost me $150 today." After that the brilliantly nuanced taste of my Meatloaf sandwich only served to taunt me.
I love the idea of BluePlate. The food was unique and definitely tapped in to memories of a time gone by. Unfortunatley, that flavor isn't accompanied by the values of the era. I'm talking about customer service, but I am also talking about something Portland restaurant and businesses usually have: a common respect for their fellow man.
Our missing guests may have cost BluePlate a few bucks, but that little comment could end up to be worth a lot more in lost business. Its funny how someone who can create such wonderful food could reduce their own art to a simple math equation.
Great Idea -- too bad they are all about making money, turning tables, bad customer service and poor quality – When I first read about the idea of BluePlate I thought.. "Wow, what a great idea!" A classic style soda fountain that capture the charm of a by gone day. But the old saying is true... "You can never go back!" This modern day version of a classic is staffed by cheep unfriendly people more focused on getting you in and out as quickly as possible, avoiding any kind of customer service, small portions, high prices and an overall bad experience. Stick you head in the door to check it out, but don't stick around long enough to ruin your childhood memories.
Blue Plate is something special! – I've eaten lunch here twice now, (carry-out both times) and thoroughly enjoyed both meals. For my first I had their NW Sliders with mashed potatoes and Purple Haze Float. By any burger standards these were great; scarcely-pink-in-the-middle meat, tender bun, and a tasty herb mayo. The float was fantastically licorice-heavy. Then I had their roast-beef dip and Chai Bomb Float. Both were really good. The meat in the sandwich was tender and the float was spicy; everything as they should be. They have chocolate cokes on the menu, something I've made at home for years, unable (until now) to prove to my friends was a viable drink option . . . and you can get any soda served as a float. I look forward to taking advantage of their later hours and new dinner plates.
Not the best malts in town – Coworkers recommended this place for shakes and malts, so a group of us went together. We picked a bad time to come because their milkshare machine was on the fritz, but luckily the guy said he'd give it a try for the dozen of us who had just entered his restaurant. Another family behind us, however, was turned away. I was impressed that they were able to crank out our orders so quickly. Unfortunately, the strawberry malt I ordered did not have enough malt in it, very few actual strawberries were detected and it seemed very small for having ordered a large. They didn't fill up the to-go cup either, and they used alot of marshmellow cream stuff on top to fill the space, which I didn't really care for. I love real whip cream, but not this stuff. Next time I'll order it without the marshmellow stuff - or I'll go to Humdingers or Fat City in SW for a real malt experience. I come from a dairy state originally, so I know a good malt when I taste one!!
Best Tomato Soup Ever! – While the menu is VERY limited, the grilled cheese and tomato soup on Monday's is sooo good! The tomato soup is hearty and homemade. The soda fountain atmosphere and "penny" candy create a fun environment. They offer boxed lunches and even do large group lunches! Instead of ordering greasy pizza for that lunch meeting; I would opt for a home cooked meal from the Blue Plate Lunch Counter! Yum!!
So Delicious! – I would be lost without Blue Plate. When I crave comfort food, this is the first place I think of. The food is familiar, yet inventive and always, always exceedingly delicious. The wait staff is friendly and on the ball. If you like coffee, I highly recommend the Cowboy Coffee milkshake made with Stumptown beans!
Old-fashioned decor meets modern takes on classic meals at this Downtown lunch counter. – In Short
Visitors to this days-gone-by café can pass the time waiting for meals sitting on the swivel stools in front of the soda counter and talking about the powders and candies that filling the nearby shelves. Dark stained wood and gold accents complete the look. The daily-changing lunch menu has only a few options, such as turkey and gravy or a BLT salad. But the lunch options are rounded out with thick ice cream shakes and unique drinks like chai soda.
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