A “Blue Plate” special. A Blue Plate Special? I remember those words from childhood as well as I remember the tunes drifting through this step-back-in-time diner, Carabelle Junction.
It’s a celebration of the 50s and 60s – when my Mom was ordering the chocolate malt, not me, and the music is straight out of her high school years – but unlike some of those chain diners around the USA, this one feels and tastes authentic.
I was playing Scrabble in the 60s and eating this kind of food when Mom would take me to Newberry’s, so it reminds me of good times. And isn’t that a great side dish with your lunch?
The Blue Plate Special was indeed served on a blue plate, but it’s not my mother’s kind of recipe: a “California Cuban” with spicy mustard and pickles, bacon and avocado, pork and pressed bread. Delicious.
You’ll find Carabelle Junction just north of US 98 in downtown Carabelle (blink and you’ll miss it) along the Big Bend Scenic Byway.