"Blue Plate Specials" is a cherished tradition in American diners and restaurants, offering patrons a delicious and affordable meal deal. The term originated from the practice of serving these budget-friendly, hearty dishes on blue, oval-shaped plates, often with a rotating menu.

These specials are a nod to simpler times when comfort food ruled the day. Classic offerings typically include meatloaf, fried chicken, or pot roast, accompanied by sides like mashed potatoes, green beans, and a slice of pie. It's a wholesome meal that brings nostalgia to the table.

Today, "Blue Plate Specials" can be found in various eateries, ranging from roadside diners to trendy urban cafes. They remain popular for those seeking comfort and value in their dining experience. This enduring tradition is a testament to the appeal of a good, hearty meal served with a dash of nostalgia and affordability.

LoveFood.com has embarked on a delectable journey to compile the ultimate list of the "Best Blue Plate Specials" in every state, celebrating the diverse flavors and traditions that make each one special. LoveFood.com says, "The term is said to date back to 1892, when the Harvey House chain served discounted meals, heaped on disposable blue plates, to railroad travelers in the Western states."

Who has the best Blue Plate Special in Idaho?

According to LoveFood.com, they've declared The Blue Plate Cafe in Hayden, Idaho, as the best restaurant for blue plate specials, which is very fitting given the name of the restaurant.

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The Blue Plate Cafe in Hayden is always posting their daily specials on their Facebook. Other than that, we couldn't find anything else about them. They don't have a website and don't have any information on their Facebook page. The food looks great, and the reviews are through the roof.

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