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my favorite ceaser salad

I found the BEST ceaser salad at Nook in West LA on Santa Monica Blvd. The special ingredient is chopped capers ( instead of anchovies)....so good! Does anyone else agree or have other fabulous ceaser salad places/suggestions?

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  1. The best caesar salad I've ever had had *deep fried* capers (a place up in Eureka, CA). If you haven't tried it yet, you must! The capers take on an amazing quality. (Probably best dried out in a low oven before deep frying)

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    1. re: Cinnamon

      Blair's in Silver Lake has fried capers in their salad. If fried capers are cutesy, I guess I have to rethink my position on cutesy...

    2. I think that the "original" Caesar salad did not have anchovies (that said, I love the little critters in my salads)...I know that there has been some dispute over this.

      That said, the best Caesar salad in LA, hands down, is at Nick and Stef's Steakhouse, downtown. Made tableside, the romaine is crisp and cold, and the dressing is perfect every time.

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      1. re: Dave and Stuff

        My recollection of the original Caesar Salad is that smashed garlic cloves are marinated in evoo for 24 hours, the garlic is then removed, the oil is poured over the romaine, then salt and pepper is added and mixed, a 1 minuted coddled egg is then broken over the lettuce, the juice of 1 lemon is then squeezed over the egg, and then all is mixed, after which the anchovies, parmesan cheese and croutons are added. I like the idea of substituting fried capers, and am going to try it at home.

      2. Mme Zoe and I shared a Caesar at the Nook last Thursday night - plenty of the real Caesar flavor but I missed the anchovies (BTY the Nook is even better than ever, food is outstanding, short ribs, pork chop and divine dessers). Then yesterday we had lunch at the top of the new West at Sunset and the 405- THAT was a dynamite Caesar - very very crisp romaine whole hearts cut in two, anchovies and great dressing plus shaved asiago on top - finished every bit. Good food there too and they offer small plates (had the porcini ravioli and half a plate was definitely enough, it was so rich).

        1. That caesar - topped with the seared albacore tuna - is my standard entree order at the Nook. Since I live within a 4 minute drive, we have take out of that salad, plus some sides (fried calamari appy is great) quite often. Take out orders get a 15% discount making it a nice, fast, reasonably priced gourmet dinner. And I LOVE the capers.

            1. OOps! I just went to Nook for lunch today and not only was the ceasar not as good, the garlic crostini toast was just plain untoasted bread. Hopefully something was just amiss today, maybe a different chef at lunch and hopefully just a bad day at Nook.

              1. My last meal at Nook felt like it wasn't up to snuff, so I hope it was just an off day and not indicative of a downward slump

                I had a Caesar salad over the summer at Gulfstream in Newport Beach that was outstanding. Great dressing and greens but the piece de resistance were the optional fried fresh oysters. Yummy!

                1. The best caesar salad I've had was at Riveria at the Fireside restaurant, off the 405 and Westminster. It's a very old school place, with old waiters in tuxedos. Reminds you of the rat pack days.

                  Anyway, the server makes the dressing in front of you, and also prepares the salad at your table. Coddled egg, anchovies, the works. Can't go wrong with the salad here.