Good Question: Good Everyday Dishes?

Here's a question from reader R. He asks:

I'm looking for new everyday dishes. I have some Todd Oldham dishes from Target that I love, but they've chipped and broken. Can you suggest some sturdy everyday dishes? Maybe something I can buy by the piece and replace if something breaks?

R. - there are many excellent answers to this question. We gravitate towards white dishes; they're easier to mix and match and they'll always be in classic style. (Plus they photograph well.) Also, our personal perspective on dishes is that your everyday stuff should be your good stuff; after all, you're going to use it every day. That's just our own preference, though; we know that many cooks like to reserve the expensive china for dinner parties and keep cheap IKEA stoneware for everyday use. That's perfectly fine.

Having said that, we do also gravitate towards Crate & Barrel and their more modern little sibling, CB2, for dishes. Here are a couple sets we like.

• On the more economical side - the Moon Sap Dinnerware from CB2. This can be bought piece by piece, and we like the sleek modern lines. The line includes a dinner plate, salad plate, and bowl, and these run from $2.95 to $4.95 apiece.

• A little more pricey, but worth it, we feel: Halo Dinnerware. This bone china set from Crate & Barrel is thin, light, and tough. It's also classy and elegant. The place settings include a dinner plate, salad plate, low bowl, cup and saucer, and full 5-piece sets are on sale for $45.95 each. The individual pieces are priced from to $5 to $13.95 apiece.

Any more suggestions for R.?

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