Blink and you'll miss the unassuming storefront as you whip by. Thankfully, there's a neon blue sign to point the way to a beloved neighborhood mainstay that's been in the outer mission since 1999, and still, feels like it did the day it opened. Families celebrate birthdays here, and couples walk over on a Saturday night for dinner at their favorite table. It's also a place where you can easily walk in and sit at the counter of the open kitchen and never feel like your dining alone. Even though the neighborhood has changed a lot since opening, and San Francisco
flexes serious culinary muscle these days, the things people loved about Blue Plate are still lovable today. Three cozy, interconnected rooms spread across an old Victorian house, and make you feel as if you're dining in a friend's home. The back patio is slightly overgrown, but well-tended to and begs for meals alfresco with friends, and the menu is just twisty enough to suggest you are in a food savvy city, yet full of comfort food. Think fried chicken, meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and a birthday candle stuck into a slice of pie on a dish that looks as if it could have been pulled from your grandmother's china cabinet. It's the perfect balance in a city full of latest-trend hot spots,and San Franciscans love both styles in equal measure.