Graham Greene described the Blue Plate Special as a symbol of American democracy. It was popular in the 20s through the 50s. It was the kind of thing that a person in an Edward Hopper painting might order: The dish was dirt-cheap and usually consisted of veggies and meat. Today, this old trope of cafes and diners is in danger of disappearing, much like our democracy itself.
With food prices inflating, a revival of the Blue Plate Special is much needed. Here it comes, thanks to the bears at Bills Filling Station (2209 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors). Every Sunday from noon till 5 p.m., the popular gay haunt serves a Blue Plate meat, two veggies, a salad, and bread for $5. Another $3 will get you an astonishing 32-ounce Vodka Bloody Mary. Tapas, too, are newly available on Bills menu. Stay past 5 p.m. for $3 Long Island Iced Teas in mason jars and the Might T show, a whirlwind of impersonations, dance performances, DJs, giveaways, and transsexual splendor. Come on the second Sunday of the month for Southern-style food and the last Sunday (right before rents due) for an all you care to eat event. For more info, call 954-568-3885, or visit www.billsfillingstation.com.