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Best place to get a Caesar Salad?

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Where do they make the best Caesar salads in the Boston area (within 1/2 hour radius of, say, Cambridge)?

I've read through the thread on this board that rates Cafe Escadrille (in Burlington) fairly highly. Is that really the best option or are there others?

And, are all the truly good places table-side prep only? (I concede that that method is the best, but what if it's just the perfect Caesar that you're craving...do you HAVE to go to a fancy place and get the full "soup-to-nuts" treatment just to get a Caesar that's half-way decent?)

Thanks for the thoughts!

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  1. Cafe Louis is pricey but outstanding. Best Caesar around.

    1. I don't know from personal experience, but the Improper Bostonian food critic praised the caesar ($9)at the redone Locke-Ober. The full review is in the issue available now, Mar 6-19.

      1. Here's the best ever Caesar salad dressing recipe from the Woodbine Cottage Cookbook (Sunapee Harbor, NH, home of Aerosmith)
        Submerge 1 egg in boiling water for 1 min.
        break into blender and whip until fluffy.
        continue blending at high speed, slowly adding 1/2 c. olive oil.
        Reduce speed and add:
        1/4 c. lemon juice
        1 t. salt
        1/2 t. pepper
        4 t. worcestershire sauce
        1/4 parmesan cheese
        stays good for one week in the frig.

        cut a clove of garlic in half and rub salad bowl. Break romaine lettuce into bite size pieces. Toss w/ dressing. Toss again w/ croutons (homemade or store bought) just before serving. Toss the anchovies to the cat.