Blue Plate Taco Santa Monica
Blue Plate Taco Santa Monica

Blue Plate Taco Santa Monica

What causes a restaurant to be so popular that from opening to close there isn’t an available table to be seen? We had passed this restaurant at various times of the day and night during our stay in Santa Monica and we always found it was packed! So this was the question I had in my mind as we took a seat outside the Blue Plate Taco at Santa Monica.

Blue Plate Taco - Santa Monica

Blue Plate Taco – Santa Monica

We had been asked to wait on a public bench seat for a table to become available. It was 3.00pm in the afternoon! We had eaten a late breakfast and totally forgotten about eating lunch until this crazy hour.  The waitress warned there would still be at least a 15 minute wait! We joined our fellow “intending diners” on the street and waited for the waitress to summon us. I couldn’t help but wonder how long the wait would be if we wanted to dine at an actual mealtime.
Blue Taco Plate Waiting Area

Blue Taco Plate Waiting Area

The wait wasn’t too bad as the waitress was coming and going from the public space constantly, calling people to be seated.
Blue Plate Taco Bar Area

Blue Plate Taco Bar Area

When our names were called we were ushered into a funky space full of loud chatty patrons and delicious aromas.  Most people were enjoying lovely looking cocktails with their Mexican food. I’m never one to say no to a Margherita with my taco, but I decided on a less traditional passionfruit Margherita.  When it arrived it was rimmed in salt as expected but had a piece of crystallised ginger skewered across the glass. The Margherita was surprisingly strong but full of fruity flavour.  At first I was concerned that the drink might be a little too strong for me, but half a glass in I was considering ordering another.

Blue Plate Taco Crazy Pig Ale

Blue Plate Taco Crazy Pig Ale

Hubby loves to try different beers whenever they’re available.  He was quick to spot a Mexican Beer called Crazy Pig Ale from Mexico.  The beer had a lovely amber, red colour but was a little thin on flavour.
…but, in the words of my husband,
“Any beer is a good beer, when your on holidays.”
Blue Plate Guacamole & Pico de Gallo

Blue Plate Guacamole & Pico de Gallo

I think corn chips and guacamole are one of those “must order” items whilst you peruse a Mexican menu.The house-made chips were delicious with the creamy guacamole but it was the Pico de Gallo that I loved the most.  It had just the right amount of spice and tang. It wasn’t long before the basket of chips had been demolished.  Since we had more toppings left we ordered another lot of chips.
Blue Plate Taco - Chicken Enchilada

Blue Plate Taco – Chicken Burrito

 Anais has been loving Enchilada’s and Burritos lately so she ordered a chicken burrito which was served with a brown rice, lime and corn bowl on the side.
Blue Plate Taco -Grilled Mexican Chicken With Rice

Blue Plate Taco -Grilled Mexican Chicken With Rice

Locky has been trying to avoid anything spicy on this holiday.  I barely have the heart to tell him that shortly we will be in Mexico, so he will have to toughen up a little.  Given that this spicy reality is still a week or so away I let him take solace in a grilled chicken dish, which was served with the Blue Plate Taco’s signature rice.
Blue Plate Taco Rice & Grilled Chicken Platter

Blue Plate Taco Rice & Grilled Chicken Platter

He was happy with his meal although I did try to get him to try a little of the Pico de Gallo with the dish.
Blue Taco Grilled Mexican Corn with Queso Fresco

Blue Taco Grilled Mexican Corn with Queso Fresco

I wasn’t particularly hungry and the thought of some tasty vegetable side dishes was exactly what I felt like. The grilled corn was moist and delicious! Lovely charred goodness served with a creamy soft grated cheese.
Blue Plate Taco Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Blue Plate Taco Roasted Brussels Sprouts

The other vegetable side I ordered was the roasted Brussels Sprouts. They also had a nice charred flavour and had lots of gorgeous salt and garlic.  Even the kids enjoy the brussels sprouts!

Brett had decided on the fish taco’s  from the moment we were seated.  When the waitress took the ordered he was able to choose between grilled fish or Baja style.  Baja style is deep fried apparently, Brett hesitated so I decided for him, deep fried fish, on a taco was definitely the way to go!
The tacos were served with a Mexican style coleslaw, the Blue Plate Taco signature rice and stewed Pinto beans. It was all I could do not to eat a whole taco when Brett offered me a bite.
Blue Plate Taco - Baja Fish Taco

Blue Plate Taco – Baja Fish Taco

The meals were all really nice, although they seemed more American style Mexican than authentic Mexican.  I was very happy for all the healthy grains and organic vegetables included in the dishes, and we left feeling very content.
The picturesque location of the restaurant across the road from Santa Monica beach obviously adds to it’s popularity, so for weekend meals there may be a decent wait for table.

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1515 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica

California, USA

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Comments

  1. Brussell sprouts are a favorite of mine. All the dishes look quite tasty, especially the Baja Fish Taco.

  2. i wanted to eat here too but the wait was 2 hours when we went! your tacos look amazing, i’m so jealous!

    • Omg!! 2 hours!! They weren’t worth a two hour wait!! The tacos were great and so was the guacamole, but the other two dishes were nothing worth waiting 2 hours for!!!

  3. This makes me want to book a big trip and eat heaps of yummy food!!!!

  4. it certainly looks like this was worth the wait. I will be interested to read if other Mexican beers are also not brilliant, as that has been my experience 🙂

  5. II always wonder about places like that that are always so busy. Clearly they must be doing something right. I love fish tacos 😀

  6. Those Baja fish tacos looked pretty delicious,but a 2 hour wait… Maybe you could order in instead… do they deliver? We have many tasty noodle places here in HK that are like this and the wait is crazy and no reservations are taken… so you just wait it out. The lines sometimes curve around the block on to the next street. Really!!.

  7. Sounds like a terrific place! Definitely worth the wait. Love fish tacos — those looked wonderful. Thanks!

  8. Two hour wait is difficult when you are hungry, but the food looks worth that wait.

  9. i love guac and grilled corn!

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