This month’s blog post comes from McLeroy. Ashley is a born and bred Southern gal who treks through a good bit of central and north Alabama finding the best (and not so best) places to eat. Ashley will try just about anything and loves exploring the home grown local restaurants wherever she finds them. She tracks her dining adventures as on Yelp and was christened an Elite Yelper this year. The Heart of Huntsville is very excited to have Ashley as a Contributor!
The ‘Good’ Blue Plate Cafe
Looking for some satisfying Southern cuisine? Sure, you can always stop by Cracker Barrel, amazingly a nationwide chain that actually knows something about making us feel at home, but where are all the locally owned stars?? Look no further than The Blue Plate Café my friend.
As soon as you pull in from busy Governor’s Drive you’ll notice that the tiny parking lot can barely contain the eager visitors coming and going and that the diner-style restaurant overflows with anxious customers waiting to be seated. Do not be afraid…it’s well worth the wait.
You’ll instantly be greeted by a smiling hostess and the chatter from a crowd of beaming, food-filled faces. The lunch hour boasts an array of folks–groups of co-workers and families filling the closely placed tables and singles and duos lining the bar. The waiters and waitresses are energetic, fast paced, and friendly. They are quick to explain the menu while still giving you time to ask questions.
They have a daily rotating menu of 3 meat choices, Southern staples such as Meatloaf, Chicken & Dumplings, Catfish, and Pot Roast. There are at least 10 vegetable choices that rotate. Choose a meat and 3 or a 4 vegetable plate and your meal will be served with your choice of a roll or cornbread. A full breakfast menu and limited menu of sandwiches, soups, salads, and desserts are also available. The prices are unquestionably justified by the portions. Your food will be plentiful and delivered soon after ordering.
If you’re looking for a sure taste of the South be certain to try the black eyed peas, hash brown casserole, and cornbread. The large cornbread muffin is moist and fluffy with a delicate buttery flavor. Way to go BPC for reminding a Southerner of home!
From one food lover to another I wish you the best in finding what makes your taste buds dance. –Ashley McLeroy