Contemporary American. The blue walls and fragrant flowers blooming in the garden make Blue Plate a serene, and relaxing place to spend an evening. Here the cuisine is classic American food enlivened with a Mediterranean twist. Blue Plate is committed to using only the freshest seasonal ingredients and the choicest meats to serve their customers. The excellent fare and pleasant atmosphere make this a choice destination for impressing a date.
Old wooden skateboards and graceful, melancholy post-modern paintings deck the walls while treats like coriander-crusted lamb, caramelized cauliflower and kicky aioli grace a plate of bull's blood microgreens. The wild mushroom sugo-laced gnocchi are A-mazing. Mascarpone-filled dates accompany an expertly dressed salad; the cuisine here is truly visionary, but grounded enough that it feels utterly mature, settled, perfected. While the check total isn't the lowest of this column's luminaries (let's say, $75 for a three course dinner for two with wine), it's certainly worth every innovative yet homey second of time spent enjoying what Blue Plate has to offer. This place is the sh*t. It's hidden away beneath a lit-up white light bulb arrow at the intersection of Mission and Valencia south of Cesar Chavez. Take a good friend for her birthday. Take your sweetheart. Take your mom. I don't care. Just check it out.