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Jul 27, 2006 04:35 PM

GOOD salad places near PO Square (financial district)?

Does anyone have recommendations for pick-up/lunch places near PO Square where I can get a GOOD salad (esp. chef's or chicken caesar)?? There are plenty of so-so and semi-crappy places nearby, but I have yet to find anyplace that I'd really want to go back to. I've heard Sebastian's is good. Cosi is a bit hyped in my view (and their chicken is kinda gross).

Are there any places that are really noteworthy?


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  1. I've heard that Robeks in International Place isn't bad. They are a small chain that does healthy soups, salads, and sandwiches.

    1. The definition of good varies, but the Sebastian's in the old J. Pace space on Devonshire (@ 2 blocks from PO Square) has enormous salads. You choose a greens mix, there are several ala carte items that cost anywhere between $.50 and $2.00 to add, but then you can really load up on additional veggies, cheese, crunchy items that are not veggies, etc. You end up with a HUGE salad for somewhere between $6 and $10. They really work hard to jam all your choices into the salad - there is no limitation to the "free" fixings, like at Cosi. As such, the salad is more expensive, but a much better overall value. Everything also seems very fresh.

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      1. re: Bob Dobalina

        The lines are often pretty long, but I see that you can now order your salad online and pick it up at the register.

        go to choose "100 summer street" or your location, then pick "daily specials" and click on "order salad."

      2. Also a huge fan of SHARING a Sebastian's salad for lunch -- if you add the tofu, black beans, feta cheese, etc., you don't even need to upgrade it with the chicken, salmon, tuna, etc. It's plenty for two (really!) meals and about $7 for the base salad. The mixed greens are my favorite, along with the sesame dressing.

        1. I've had the chef salad at Brandy Pete's and it was pretty good. Someone I work with had a chicken ceasar (a daily special) from Bakey's the other day that she said was really good. I bet a chef salad would be good there too. For enormous salads, there is also Sam LaGrasse's.

          1. I've always enjoyed the food at the Milk St. Cafe. They have a kiosk in Post Office Square Park, and another sit-down restaurant/take out place at 50 Milk St. Their food is fresh and tasty and reasonably-priced. Their middle-eastern dishes are especially good.