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Sep 26, 2005 04:29 PM

Where's The Best Salad Bar?

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I responded below to a post that raised thoughts of salad bars. I love salad bars. I would be happy to eat at a good salad bar once a day.

So where are the best salad bars? DC preferred, but I'd like to hear about MD & VA as well.


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  1. Orleans House in Rosslyn, plus that place has great camp value!

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    1. re: Culocho

      Oh no, not another rec for Tom Sarris' Orleans House!!!

      Quantity does not equal quality, unfortunately. In Virginia, the Anitpasto Bar at the Italian Inn in Seven Corners has many delights.

      1. re: Steve

        A.k.a. Pistone's. Don't bother with the fruit, which is usually unripe. A staggering array of excellent marinated vegetables and ensalatas, though.

        1. re: Steve

          There is one major problem with Pistone's Italian Inn's salad bar. It's only open for lunch 7 days a week. Not available for dinner. And hasn't been for two years.

        2. re: Culocho

          I just remember the Orleans House salad bar in years past - more variety than today (where else were you gonna find watermelon-rind pickle, a real Southern treat?)

        3. That place is always great, but after a few years the variety doesn't change. you will find ocasionally:
          lychee nuts, cactus fruit, gooseberries, etc. Well worth it if you're a salad bar nut.

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          1. re: Don

            Yes, Pistones is what I meant when I said Italian Inn below.

          2. I would suggest the Malibu Grill at Columbia Pike and Route 7. Its an all-you-can-eat place, but has a very nice salad bar. But for dinner, the salad bar only is around $15 and the total dinner is around $20 per person. Although It's a bit pricey, it is still my favorite, so far, in Northern Virginia. But I'm still looking for more and better.

            1. There are quite a few downtown. Soho (a few locations around DC) is pretty good. Some also have a mongolian station. I personally like the one near GW's campus, close to the hospital located in the building with a Potbelly's and Dunkin' Donuts. You need to walk inside and go downstairs. They have seem to use some high quality ingredients, and it's a little more reasonable than some other salad bars around town.

              1. I was at Organic To Go for the first time the other day and their salad bar looked impressive; they had some not-so-typical salad bar items like curried chicken salad, candied walnuts, toasted cranberries, teriyaki tofu, grilled salmon, etc. I didn't get one but my coworker did and she really enjoyed it. give it a try!!

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                1. re: littlew1ng

                  A three-year-old thread, but it should be updated.

                  There are several fast casual salad places downtown: Chop't and Saladworks come to mind. I believe another chain will be opening soon. Can't vouch for either, but the prices seem pretty steep for a basic salad with a few toppings. Add a few premium toppings and you're easily out $15+.

                  Also, Orleans House has recently closed and their steamboat salad bar will live only in memory.

                  1. re: monkeyrotica

                    Has anyone been to Pistone's Italian Inn at 7 Corners lately? They used to have a salad bar that was like the one at Orleans House with a few extensions and excursions. And while it's worth going for the meat, Texas de Brazil has a really fine "salad" bar that can make a great meal. They do have a price for a no-skewers meal.