Blue Plate Taco owner Jennier Rush Morton with head chef Paolo Bendez`u. Photo by Westside People
As the owner of three locations on the Westside, Jennifer Rush Morton is the creator of the Blue Plate restaurant group known for its fresh new take on traditional food.
Morton opened the original Blue Plate on Montana Avenue in 1999, then took the concept to seafood with Blue Plate Oysterette in 2009. Blue Plate Taco opened alongside the Shore Hotel in September 2012.
“People call it their kitchen away from home,” said Morton, one afternoon at Blue Plate Taco on Ocean Avenue. “We’re the kind of place people could come every day.”
The bright blue colors and sleek décor offers a perfect complement to the restaurant’s inviting menu. Inspired by Morton’s trips to Baja, Blue Plate Taco puts a modern twist on traditional coastal Mexican food.
On a recent afternoon, head chef Paolo Bendez`u presented the restaurant’s lobster tacos with cream sauce and lemon. Alongside came roasted corn on the cob and a spinach salad with goat cheese and pomegranate seeds — to wash it down, agua frescas margaritas.
“We really designed the menu to be clean and approachable food,” Morton said. “I call it beachy Mexican with a Santa Monica twist.”