Did you ever wonder where the term
"Blue Plate Special" came from?
One etymological explanation that I found on a Google search (from this site: http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-blu3.htm ).
In this article,
Anyway, there are many local diners and other favorite restaurants nowadays that offer "blue plate specials" on their menus each day. They may not call them that, and they might not be served on a "blue plate," but we know that’s what they are.
One of my favorite little places in Richmond where these blue plate specials are served every week day, is
Becky’s at First and Cary Streets, downtown.
For $6.25, you get a great hot meal special consisting of a "meat plus three," a bread basket, and a drink.
One of my favorites is on Fridays, when you can get fried chicken, mashed potatoes or french fries, a green salad or cole slaw, (or a selection of other green vegatables), bread, and iced tea. Desert is extra, but the owner makes some great layer cakes.
What are your favorite "blue plate special" places?
edit: Looking at today’s Rrestaurant of the Day, the Sunny Day Diner, in Lincoln NH, made me think of this subject.