America's Deep South is renowned for its soulful and rustic cuisine. The history of the area has meant that Southern American food is a melting pot of Scottish, Native American, African, Creole and Cajun cuisines. This is a far cry from the greasy mass-produced fast food that has become so synonymous with American dining today.
Blue Plate Bar & Grill offers a wide range of Southern comfort food; from gumbo and jambalaya to Southern fried chicken, corn bread and pumpkin pie. Blue Plate Bar & Grill also offer other American favourites such as Buffalo wings, Philadelphia cheese steak and clam chowder.
Since returning home from a visit to America, my taste buds have craved to be reunited with these dishes. So I was really excited to try Blue Plate Bar & Grill.
I visited Blue Plate Bar & Grill for dinner with a group of friends. We were seated in one of the comfy leather booths. With the extra mouths to help me, I was able to sample a fair few dishes.
First up, we tucked into Buffalo wings with blue cheese dressing and carrot and celery sticks. The wings were crispy and marinated with a spicy vinegar-based sauce that caused my lips to grow slightly numb (unsure if this was meant to happen). I usually do not like blue cheese but the combination of the wings and the blue cheese dressing just worked and was quite tasty.
Buffalo wings and blue cheese dressing - a winning combo (Photo source: Blue Plate Bar & Grill website)
The Philadelphia cheese steak resembled a Subway sandwich with thinly-sliced pieces of steak and melted cheese in a long roll. The roll was soft and slightly sweet. The French fries were nice and crispy.
Though I was quite full by this stage, we made room for dessert. We ordered the pumpkin pie and the Hershey Bomb to share.
The pumpkin pie was served with vanilla ice cream. The pastry seemed a little on the soggy side but the delicious pumpkin filling redeemed the dish. I loved the silhouette of a fork that was sprinkled with cinnamon on the plate. A quirky touch.
The Hershey Bomb is a must for lovers of peanut butter. The dessert was made up of chocolate mud cake smothered with a peanut butter meringue and topped off with a peanut butter custard, Hershey's chocolate sauce and peanut praline. This dessert is decadent with a capital D. I would suggest sharing it with a few others.
So what's my verdict? The food at Blue Plate Bar & Grill fell short of the dishes I had in the States, but the menu on offer and everything from the sweet tea to the the accents of the wait staff, transported me back to the great time I had there. My stomach didn't permit me to eat any more that night, but I will back to try the rest of the menu. I am particularly looking forward to the gumbo, clam chowder and pecan pie.