Restaurant Review - Blue Plate Diner

Wednesday, January 21, 2009
My old work unit decided to take me out for a "farewell" lunch today (and celebrate a number of other important recent events) and, since it was my turn to decide, I opted for the Blue Plate Diner. Some of you may remember, this is where Big Brother and family treated me to a meal there last year for my birthday. It was fantastic. So, needless to say I was very excited when lunchtime rolled around today.

I think it was SME who suggested their Veggie Burger around the same time and it's one thing I've been hoping to try if I ever got back there again. So, that's what I ordered. You'll have to forgive me for the quality of the photo - the lighting in the restaurant is lovely, setting a nice mood but not the best for taking pictures.

The BPD's homemade version of the veggie burger is made with "Beets, Turnips, Zucchini, Carrots, Sunflower Seeds and Rice. Topped with Cheddar Cheese on a Whole Wheat Bun with Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion, Pickle and Herbed Mayo". Sounds delicious. When it arrived, I thought they had made a mistake and give me a beef burger. On closer inspection however, I realized that it was indeed the veggie - the deep purpley red colour of the patty gave it away. It looked fairly solid, just like a meat patty and unlike most other veggie burgers I've tried. The texture was fabulous - not gritty, crumbly or mushy. I was a bit disappointed that the cheese on top wasn't actually melted. My coworkers who had ordered the beef burger had deliciously gooey melted cheese on top of theirs. Oh well. Taste? Not bad. Not great but certainly better than I had anticipated. The bun was soft and light tasting but could have used more nuts and seeds. I was hoping "whole wheat" meant multigrain but no... I took off the onions as they were going to be too powerful considering I had to go back to work. The pickle was eaten first, not on the bun. Only round sliced pickles go on a burger. Doesn't everyone know that? Tomato? Good quality but it and the lettuce could have been left off of the burger and I wouldn't have noticed as the flavours in the burger itself was all I remember. While you couldn't taste any one particular ingredient in the veggie burger, the beets certainly take over when it came to appearance and texture, much like they do in the real world. The BPD's veggie burger is a wonderful combination of beets, carrots, turnips, zucchini and rice - I didn't see a single sunflower seed though. Nuts.

The sweet potato fries sadly were a bit of a disappointment. Dadeo's on Whyte Avenue is still the best place in the city for those. However, I must say that BPD's herbed dipping mayo far outshines that at Dadeo's. A wicked combination of what I think was mayo (obviously), chipotle peppers (maybe?) and something else danced so delightfully across my tongue that I began dipping my burger as well as the fries.

Once again, I'd give the Blue Plate Diner a thumbs up although I'm not raving like I did last year. I likely won't have the veggie burger again but certainly would recommend it for anyone looking for a unique veggie experience. I was almost swayed by their Indian platter when I saw it on the menu but I'll save it for next year.


nwtrunner said...

Okay - no to Blue Plate Diner

No to Pharoh's and yukky pizza

PowerPlant apparently is closed

What's left that's good??!

Captain Karen said...

Yep, no Pharoah's and I believe you're right about the Power Plant. Heck I was devastated when they closed Deweys! That's how old I am....

As for Blue Plate Diner - I DO recommend going there. Everything else my family and I have tried. It's just that the veggie burger (for me) didn't exactly live up to the hype. I highly recommend the Curried Chick Peas or the Stuffed Pepper (both available on the Dinner Menu only). Next time in Edmonton you should give it a try.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's a shame that the sweet potato fries didn't live up to expectations. I am absolutely enamoured of sweet potatoes these days and would go far to have some good fried ones.

Captain Karen said...

Barb, if you ever come to Edmonton, we'll have to hit Dadeo's for sure! You'll fall in love with their SP fries!

SME said...

Well, ya gotta give 'em props for at least making their own and not relying on frozen soy-based patties. It's definitely the best homemade patty in the city, IMO.

I agree about the fries - not the best. I usually go for the salad at the Blue Plate for that reason.

Heather said...

I wonder if the cheese wouldn't melt nicely on the veggie burger? It still looked good, though!

Gardenia said...

Oh, now you've made me quite hungry - - - I love sweet potatoe fries with cajun seasoning - the burger looks and sounds wonderful - no matter about the cheese - all that melty cheese will be stuck in their arteries and yours will be humming along happily!

sp said...

Glad you had a good lunch overall.

I've been searching for a good nut burger and you've reminded me that I'm going to have to pick up that search again. I may have to make one instead.

There's no round pickles in this house. We like the long sliced ones on our burgers.

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