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“A Delicious and Very Quick Lunch!”
Review of Blue Plate Cafe

Blue Plate Cafe
Ranked #9 of 598 Restaurants in Huntsville
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Cafe, Diner
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“A Delicious and Very Quick Lunch!”
Reviewed August 30, 2011

We had read a Trip Advisor review and realized we would be close to the restaurant so decided to try it out. The first time we passed the entire parking lot was filled. About 2 hours later, we passed and the parking lot was still filled. We were seated at the counter immediately or there would have been a wait. Each day has specials - which can include dessert. (strawberry shortcake today) and today's veggie of the day - fried okra! Everything was delicious. Of course you have to like this kind of southern lunchtime tradition...your place is filled as soon as you stand up. Service is fast, efficient so don't think you're going to sit around afterwards and take up valuable space. We'd definitely eat here again. No senior discounts..you can order other items off the menu besides the specials. Salads, stuffed tomatoes, sandwiches, etc. Lots of people taking food-to-go.

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Hunstsville, AL
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
“Excellent home cooked food and friendly atmosphere”
Reviewed August 23, 2011

Blue Plate Cafe is like stepping back in time and going to a diner in the good old days. I've been twice now and both times sat at the counter to avoid waiting for a table as there's a line at lunch. They have a menu that features certain specials depending on the day of the week. One day I had meat loaf and the next I had chicken and dumplings. Both days the food and the sides, all home-cooked style vegetables, were fanstastic. The wait staff is extremely fast and very courteous. The food comes out so fast you are stunned. They get you fed so quickly that if you have only 30 mins for lunch you have time to eat -- especially if you sit at the lunch counter and avoid the wait for a table. All ages eat there, from seniors who live locally to businessmen from out of town. Superb, delicious non-fast food that comes out faster than fast food. I truly like eating here and I will eat at Blue Plate Cafe often. It's a little more expensive than burgers, but so good and healthier for you.

  • Visited August 2011
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Huntsville, Alabama
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“Good cafe fare... if you can find a seat”
Reviewed July 11, 2010

The Blue Plate cafe is reliable, friendly, well-managed, and always clean but it is unspectacular. I dine there a lot because it is close to work. The fried pork chops are average only...one of my acid tests ... and the menu is uninspired. Oddly though, they could probably fill a facility with twice the seats of their current location so starved for this genre are we here. Huntsville, an old, old southern city is... ironically enough ... sorely lacking in truly good country-cooking restaurants. The shame of it all. The Blue Plate is very popular but this translates into it being busy and more busy. It simply doesn't have enough seating, which ruins the atmosphere. It rises head and shoulders above Cracker Barrel though (which only serves fried chicken once a week!). Of course no true southern cuisine connoiseur can abide Cracker Barrel with its chain food mentality and limitations. Even so CB is also very busy in Huntsville. Again...only because we are starved here. Would some aspiring restauranteur please visit Mary Macs in Atlanta and then clone it here. Instant million $ net.

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“Great home cooking....”
Reviewed February 18, 2010

This place, as you can tell by the wait time at lunch, serves a great meal. They have great, homemade, "country cooking". Make sure you get there early for lunch of else you'll have to wait for a table.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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“This is what Cracker Barrel tries to be.”
Reviewed August 19, 2009

Blue Plate reminds me of the old fashioned diners of yesteryear. Service helpful and friendly, food good and plenty, atmosphere noisy, but unpretentious. This is really what Cracker Barrel tries to be without always succeeding. And the breafast is great. I wish we had more like this...

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