What is a Blue Plate Special?

Meet the 10 Roadhouse Dishes You Can Get for a Deal

Whether you’re a Roadhouse regular or a relative newbie, we know our guests love new and exciting culinary experiences and appreciate a good deal. That’s where our Blue Plate Specials come in. Get ready to savor the flavor of 10 culinary delights, all offered at a really nice price. From savory breakfast options like our Smothered Burrito and Biscuits & Sawmill Gravy to substantial suppers like Mama’s Meatloaf and our Blue Plate BBQ, our menu of Blue Plate Specials offers up something for everyone to tuck into.

Wait, so what exactly is a Blue Plate Special?

A term originating from the heyday of American diners, a Blue Plate Special refers to a special budget-friendly meal that typically changes from day to day. They often feature classic, comfort-food dishes and are known for their affordability and hearty portions. The term “Blue Plate” likely originated from the practice of serving these specials on blue-colored plates in some diners. We’re big fans of Blue Plates (…even though we serve ‘em up on white plates)! These specials allow us to make dining out an exciting and affordable experience for you, our guests. You get to try a variety of dishes throughout the week and our chefs get the opportunity to flex their creative culinary muscles—you never know what Tuesday’s Skillet Frittata or Chili flavors will be, you’ll just have to come in and see for yourself.

Blue Plate Specials at the Roadhouse

Nearly every day of the week at the Roadhouse you can enjoy a tasty dish at a special price for breakfast or dinner (or both!). Psst: Breakfast Blue Plates have the added bonus of a complimentary cup of Roadhouse Joe coffee!



Biscuits & Sawmill Gravy

Start your day with two buttermilk biscuits and scrambled eggs, smothered with housemade bacon gravy. (The gravy gets its name from its logging camp origins, we make ours with our favorite, Nueske’s applewood smoked bacon.) Guests regularly rave about this dish. We’ve heard it called “awesome,” “life-changing,” and “beyond delicious,” but can’t wait to hear what you think.


Burger Blue Plate Specials 

Our most popular Blue Plate Special! Enjoy a hearty burger served with our twice-cooked French fries. Try long-time manager Marcy Harris’ favorite, a pasture-raised beef burger, of which she says, “The flavor is astounding. I have not been able to find a burger on par with it anywhere else.” Or, opt for a New Mexico black bean and hominy burger, it’s meat-free but full of flavor from roasted garlic, red roasted peppers, New Mexico green chiles, and onions.



Skillet Frittata

Chef’s choice frittata, cooked and served in a personal cast iron skillet. Guest Roscoe R. raved, “The cast iron kept it warm until it was gone. It was very tasty and I recommend asking for

the Blue Plate if you’re there on a Tuesday to see what your chef’s choices will be!”  


Blue Plate Chili 

Enjoy our chili of the day, the flavor varies but it is always seasonal and fresh, and captures the chef’s creativity. We serve it with spider bread and a Roadhouse garden salad with your choice of dressing. Read more about this blue plate and the side of New England-style cornbread.



Logger Skillet Cake 

Enjoy a sweet start to your days with a Belgian pancake cooked in a skillet, topped off with whipped cream and fresh berries. 


Mama’s Meatloaf

We have multiple guests that come by every Wednesday for our special meatloaf made with beef and pork, served with mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach. Are you a fan of this comfort food classic? Read more about it on our blog. (Multiple of them declare that it’s better than their mama’s, but don’t worry, we promise we won’t tell her!) 



Breakfast Tacos 

We make our breakfast tacos with Flour tortillas with fresh, free-range eggs and our chef’s choice of local ingredients. Rotating offerings means this blue plate special could be a new flavor adventure every time!


Blue Plate BBQ 

For our guests who have trouble deciding which type of barbecue to go for, this plate brings together the best of the BBQ world! A tasty combo of pit-smoked BBQ pulled pork, finished with our Eastern North Carolina-style vinegar sauce, and pit-smoked BBQ beef, braised in our housemade Red Rage sauce, along with a side of bacon-braised greens and mashed potatoes.



Smothered Burrito

A flour tortilla filled with smoky pulled pork, fluffy scrambled eggs, and mellow Ig Vella Monterey Jack cheese, topped with housemade salsa ranchero. Why is this breakfast burrito so darn good? Ari Weinzweig explains, “The smothered breakfast burrito is another example of combining a series of super-high-quality ingredients into one amazing assemblage,” adding, “It all comes together in this blend of creamy, slightly spicy, super smooth, savory goodness.”



Grillades & Grits 

A classic brunch dish in New Orleans, this is a meal that we like to enjoy around the clock! Grillades (pronounced GREE-ahds) are thin medallions of meat that are dredged in flour, browned, then pan-braised in crushed tomatoes and a delicious roux-thickened sauce. We serve our Creole-smothered steak over Anson Mills’ stone-ground grits topped with Cabot cheddar cheese and scallions. Ordering a side of buttermilk biscuits to sop up that gravy is always a good move!

And that’s a wrap! Or rather, a week! We hope your taste buds are as excited about our Blue Plate Specials as we are! We’re dedicated to providing you with a memorable dining experience every dang day of the week and we love being able to offer that along with a side of savings. With 10 different specials to choose from there’s no shortage of reasons to mosey on in and try them for yourself. So, gather up your nearest and dearest and come enjoy unforgettable dishes (at a wallet-pleasing price) together at the Roadhouse.