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Apr 4, 2007 06:17 PM

Great Salads in Center City?

I must admit that my love for great salads is totally unlike me. I am a heavy drinker, overweight, and love a great cheese steak. I love meat and pepperoni pizza.
But there is something about a fresh salad for dinner that I just love. I dont think there has ever been a posting about a great dinner salad, so I thought why not?
Tonight, I had one of my favorite salads from Devil's Alley. It is called the Alley Salad and comes with roasted vegetables, feta cheese, and your choice of chicken or salmon. The dressing is a tangy vinagerette (sic). I also love all the salads at Tria. The BEST buffalo mozerella salad i have ever had was at Goia Mia. It was real buffalo. Soft and moist, oh my, it was better then bad sex!!
I often have a salad at Marathon Grille and although they can be good, they are always over priced.
I would love to hear about your favorite salads in center city.

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  1. Great topic!

    I love Maggianos salads- both their house and their chopped salad with chicken
    I agree about Marathon- great salads, but overpriced
    McCormick and Schmicks has a crab caesar that is amazing
    There's a buffet on 11th St between Market and Chestnut called Oh So Good with a fantastic salad bar. Grilled Eggplant, Zucchini, Squash, Portabellos, Fresh Mozzarella, Stuffed Grape Leaves, and fresh produce.

    I'm looking forward to hearing from others....

    1. Hey jessicheese :)

      Devil's Alley makes a good warm spinach salad also. Jones' pick-your-own-toppings salads are tasty, pretty big too.

      There's a small bar/bistro on Market b/t 2nd & 3rd, can't remember the name of it, but they made a great salad with scallops & shrimp.

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      1. re: lawgirl3278

        Good Dog's Good Dog Salad
        Nodding Head's Bistro Salad

        1. re: saturninus

          I like the Bleu Cheese salad from L2, mainly because it has 1000 calories of bleu cheese dressing & crumbled cheese on top and mixed throughout. Healthy? no way, but tasty.

      2. Re: Marathon Grille -- I have a love / hate relationship with this place. I love their salad menu -- lots of great choices, and if don't get too many extras, not too terribly overpriced imho. But, I've had bad (sometimes rude, sometimes uneven) service more often than not, and once was served spoiled food (tofu as an extra on a salad). I went last night with some friends who chose it as a late-night option and I went for the salad again -- the greens were limp and unwashed, all of the toppings were arranged in clumps so essentially I had to mix it myself, and the salad dressing was (one of my pet peeves) spackle-worthy (I hate it when you have to apply your dressing w/ a butter knife!). MG is off my list...

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        1. re: spyturtle008

          I will eat there in desperate situations, but I really do not like the food. Why:

          1. rude service
          2. mushy fries
          3. food appearing in my dishes i did not expect, ie: meat in my vegetarian orders (random pieces of chicken in a vegetarian salad, twice!)
          4. delivery bringing me the wrong dishes
          5. when buffalo mozerallo was listed on the menu it clearly wasn't

          1. re: saturninus

            Oh yeah, the fries -- friends & I ordered their truffled parmesan fries the other night and got a saucer of the blackened dreck from the bottom of the fryer basket with a smattering of parmesan flakes on top. No truffle oil to be found. Gross.

        2. Twenty21. In addition to creating really interesting combinations, their salads are chopped into the tiniest pieces I've ever experienced anywhere and I think the flavors come together really well.

          1. Satisfy your love of meat on your salad with the steak salad at Monk's.

            Frittes too!