Blue Plate Kitchen

Blue Plate Kitchen (BLUE PLATE KITCHEN /FACEBOOK / January 28, 2014)

Blue Plate Kitchen has officially opened at 345 N. Main St. in West Hartford's Bishops Corner. The restaurant, by the owners of City Steam in Hartford, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner: a mix of "modern comfort food," along with cocktails, local beer and wine on "tap."

Menus list a wide array of breakfast options, including creative omelets, Benedicts, hash dishes, egg sandwiches, French toast and waffles. Lunch features soups, salads, sandwiches, "fresh smashed beef burgers" and hearty luncheon specials like rotisserie chicken, meat loaf and macaroni and cheese. Dinner features expanded plates, like fresh seafood (a recent special of seared local sea scallops over butternut squash puree) and surf and turf, with tri-tip sirloin and coconut shrimp.

For dessert, try a giant Toll House chocolate chip cookie baked to order in a skillet, or fried dough with Nutella, sliced bananas and vanilla bean ice cream. The "soda fountain" section of the menu features milkshakes, ice cream sundaes and egg creams, and the bar pours draught wines in 6-ounce, 9-ounce or 22-ounce servings. Craft cocktails incorporate Rime organic vodka and aged apple brandy from Westford Hill Distillers in Ashford.

More information: 860-906-1419,