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Blue Plate Café

5469 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN - (901) 761-9696
Posted By Michael Stern on April 17, 2015 9:55 AM
In this cheery café that was once a private home (built by Holiday Inn founder Kemmons Wilson), breakfast, served all day, is the specialty of the house. The menu includes omelets with great hash browns or grits on the side, and flavorful knobby-top biscuits served with silky cream gravy dotted with bits of sausage. Once a bastion of thin, small-tread waffles, the Blue Plate Cafe has gone to Belgians, but the pancake repertoire continues to uphold high, from-scratch standards. Of special note are banana pancakes, available with crunchy peanut butter syrup -- a nutty, fruity combo that Elvis would have loved, especially with an order of crisp bacon on the side.

Lunch is good ol’ meat-and-threes, with such entrees as pot roast, baked pork chops, chicken and dumplings, and fried shrimp (that last one is every Friday). The vegetable roster is about twenty items long, including real mashed potatoes, turnip greens, creamed corn, mac ‘n’ cheese, etc., etc. If you want something simpler than meat-and-three, there are salads, soups, and sandwiches, including a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich. Apparently, that one is health food: it is served on whole wheat bread.
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Posted By Lee Hutchison on July 21, 2014 12:17 PM
I have dined at the Blue Plate Cafe for years; in the last few it's quality has taken a nose-dive. They seem uninterested in hiding the fact that all their vegetables come from cans. During my last visit there I ordered the cole slaw; the waitress made a face to warn me off. I asked why; she said they no longer make it in the restaurant, but buy it ready-made from Sysco. As much as it pains me to say it about a Memphis restaurant, the Blue Plate Cafe should be removed from the book.
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