blue-plate

blue-plate

(blo͞o′plāt′)
adj.
Being a main course of a restaurant meal usually offered at a special price: a blue-plate lunch.

[Perhaps from the blue-patterned plate on which such meals were originally served.]
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Serves breakfast foods, sandwiches, soups, blue-plate lunch specials, pastries, snacks, etc.
Some favorites: eclectic Mediterranean--have the saffron ice cream--at Formoli's Bistro ($$; 916/448-5699) in east Sacramento; Tuli Bistro ($$; 916/451-8854), with upscale-homey American fare south of Midtown; and two in Land Park, where spare Masullo ($; 916/443-8929), serves Kitchen ($; 916/443-3237) slings blue-plate specials.
You'd be amazed what happens at Homer's Diner, a blue-plate special restaurant in an industrial district near the airport.