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thing I like: the Plate Bowl

Plate Bowl!

These Plate Bowl dishes (no, seriously, that is what they are called) are my new perfect picnic plate. And probably a Let’s Eat In Front Of The TV plate as well. It’s got tall sloping sides, but enough of a flat bottom that you can cut things. We used them for salads yesterday and the sides prevented my cherry tomatoes from rolling off the edge and across the floor. Win!

· comments [35] · 07-29-2009 · categories:shopping ·

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  • 1 NiNI // Jul 29, 2009 at 11:51 am

    I love these! They are traditionally called soup plates, and are great for things like pasta and salad. Flat plates seem so boring to me now…

  • 2 anne // Jul 29, 2009 at 11:57 am

    i refuse to use anything but bowls or platebowls. living in a small space, i tend to eat on my lap, and they’re just so much safer than plates – no spills! i have a set from ikea that i need to supplement.

  • 3 Karen // Jul 29, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Isn’t melamine toxic and evil?

  • 4 Anotheryarn // Jul 29, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    I’ve also seen them called pasta bowls or salad bowls and I agree, that style is the favorite of our dishes.

  • 5 Kelly // Jul 29, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    i’m a HUGE fan of them, too! picked up a few melamine ones at Target a few months ago and use them almost every night for dinner. *love*


  • 6 Kim // Jul 29, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    I love plate bowls! I have a few that don’t look like this…they’re more bowls with rims, but the concept of a plate bowl? Genius.

  • 7 The Redhead Riter // Jul 29, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    I love these…PERFECT SIZE and nothing falls off the edge!

  • 8 chez shoes // Jul 29, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    These are just what I needed, but didn’t know I needed. Thanks for that!

  • 9 Amanda // Jul 29, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Genius! I’ve never heard of them!

  • 10 KV // Jul 29, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    My husband and I call them “plowls.” :-)

  • 11 Nolita Morgan // Jul 29, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    We received ceramic pasta bowls like these (from Pier 1 I think) when we were married in ’96. These are our “go to” dishes for everything, even nachos!

  • 12 Nolita Morgan // Jul 29, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Here’s a photo I just happened to have of my daughter showing off her writing and culinary critique skills featuring one of these favorite dishes:

  • 13 Nicole // Jul 29, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    I love those bowls. I have 6 of them from IKEA and prefer eating just about everything out of them.

  • 14 gayla // Jul 29, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    ooh! i always have that problem when i eat salads at home! me likey!


  • 15 Sarah // Jul 29, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Awhile ago I discovered that a 9″ pyrex pie plate is wonderful to eat off of. These seem like the same idea just nicer, maybe I need to get some.

  • 16 Sara // Jul 29, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Oh my! I have a whole stack of plate bowls…but I didn’t know that OTHER people called them that :)

  • 17 Melissa // Jul 29, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    oh, i just wish they were good in the dishwasher and microwaves!!

  • 18 Margot // Jul 29, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    I love all the different names! We call them pasta plates and we used them for just about everything. REALLY good for takeout chinese.

  • 19 Dawn // Jul 29, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    I like to use pyrex pie pans as plates. Same use of deep sides, but oven safe!

  • 20 Shannon // Jul 29, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    i too love these plates. Good for all sorts of foods that you don’t want to “escape”: salad, pasta, risotto, anything messy atop a mound of rice…and I too use them as “eating in front of the tv” bowls!

    My family had three mismatched (ceramic) ones forever, provenance unknown, and I recently bought 2 more at CB2 that I love, plus two smaller ones (about the size of a saucer but again with the turned-up lip).

  • 21 maygin // Jul 29, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    so versatile, and yet not able to be microwaved! i wish i wish i wish.

  • 22 Suzi // Jul 30, 2009 at 1:33 am

    Our pasta bowls are like this and we use them so often.. Being Denby they also work well in microwave, freezer etc..

  • 23 mrs. origami // Jul 30, 2009 at 5:09 am

    I love bowls like this! I have some just like those, except mine are ceramic from Ikea.

  • 24 Dava // Jul 30, 2009 at 7:51 am

    Just a couple of days ago I was mourning the breaking of my last pasta bowl (YEARS old) and wondering where I could find an affordable substitute. Now I know I can use my Pyrex pie pan (why didn’t I think of that??) until I make a Target run. Thanks everyone!

  • 25 kasey at thriftylittleblog // Jul 30, 2009 at 8:12 am

    I’ve always used mine not knowing why they were so great… because they’re both plate and bowl–of course!

  • 26 Picnicking in Dreamland // Jul 30, 2009 at 8:12 am

    These are sort of perfect for a toddler/preschooler. Thanks for showing!

  • 27 Ani // Jul 30, 2009 at 8:44 am

    Ikea has a similar shaped dish but they are ceramic.

  • 28 kiss my spatula // Jul 30, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    love plate bowls – why wash two dishes when you can wash one?? :)

  • 29 megan // Jul 30, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Thanks for the note on the similar shaped dishes at Ikea, I’ll have to invest in a set of not-plastic ones as well.

  • 30 toni // Jul 31, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    I have a bunch of these from Ikea – ceramic -love them! I even eat cereal out of them.

  • 31 Tiffany S. // Aug 5, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    oh crap – one more reason I need to go to Ikea.

  • 32 rachel // Aug 9, 2009 at 8:10 am

    If you live in NYC, I saw some cute enameled metal ones at Pear River Mart the other day.

  • 33 Dinah // Aug 16, 2009 at 11:09 am

    At one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco these shallow, white bowls are referred to internally by the staff as “Marina Bowls”. Anyone who knows the reputation of that neighborhood understands why.

  • 34 Lyssa Korin // Aug 8, 2011 at 6:33 am

    Where do you get these?! I can’t find them anywhere!

  • 35 megan // Aug 8, 2011 at 9:47 am

    I think these are officially called soup plates. I’ve seen them in kitchen supply stores and places like Crate & Barrel. Best of luck!

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