Blue Plate is really a cheerful, well designed small restaurant with great fresh food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. My husband and I were visiting Santa Monica and staying nearby, so we went there for breakfast two days in a row, and would go again! The Eggs Ranchero were super. My only quibble is with the French toast. The whole point of this dish is to let the bread (in this case very thick Challah) absorb, fully absorb, the egg and milk mixture, and then brown it on both sides until the egg is just barely cooked (but still moist and not dry) in the center. At Blue Plate the bread is completely dry in the center. Not just one of the pieces was very dry in the center, but all of them were. Challah is too dense for French toast. I suggest you get sour dough bread, or just a great french bread. Don't slice it too thick. Let the bread completely absorb the mixture of eggs, a dash of vanilla and cinnamon. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar, and serve with real maple syrup. (You can charge a little more for that). Done!!