Best Salad in Boston???
Who has the best salad in the Boston area?
Need a good salad for lunch.
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There may be those who dissent from this opinion, but I LOVE California Pizza Kitchen salads if your lunch is near the Galleria Mall in Cambridge or the Mall at the Prudential Center. I particularly like the Barbeque Chicken Chopped Salad - I find all the ingredients (jicama, cilantro, black beans, tomatoes and chopped lettuce) to be really fresh. If you are looking for something more 'special occasion' or fancy, then I think the salade nicoise at Petit Robert to be delightful as is the Frisee aux Lardons (with poached egg). I also like the beet salad at Sibling Rivalry.
Small Plates, I do dissent indeed, but that's another story. I enjoy the big spinach salad at the Parish Cafe on Boylston near the public gardens and my employer on Arlington. Handy for me, but you didn't say where you were coming from? I'd rec the Parish anyways, frankly.
I'm no salad connoisseur, but I really enjoyed a kind of deconstructed Caeser salad at a recent sunny lunch on the patio at Pops in the South End. It had a couple of good anchovies, a lot of finely shaved hard Italian cheese (a good Parmesan, maybe?), and one perfectly poached egg.
On the traditional French tip, Brasserie Jo, Aquitaine, Pierrot, Petit Robert, and Beacon Hill Bistro all do very fine frisee/lardon/poached egg salads, which I love.
Another stunner is the fasulye piyaz (that's probably misspelled), the complimentary white bean salad served at Brookline Family, my favorite Turkish place in town.
I recently had one of the best salads ever at the B-side Lounge. It was a mushroom ceviche--a wide array of mushrooms over lettuce and a just-tangy-enough dressing. I never rave about salads, but that was a winner. It was a special, but sometimes restaurants will add a successful special to the regular menu, so you could check.