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A GOOD cobb salad?

lisadc01 Mar 22, 2008 10:51 AM

Where can I get a good cobb salad? I just had the wegman's one and it was so so- I have tried various restaurants and it's also just been so so- preference to NOVA since that's where I live..

thank you!!!

  1. crackers Mar 22, 2008 08:02 PM

    If you get into DC, Wollensky's Grill has the best classic Cobb I've found in the city. It's next to (really part of) Smith and Wollensky's on 19th, near L. It's been awhile since I've had one there, so call ahead to be sure it is still on the menu.

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    1. re: crackers
      monkeyrotica Mar 24, 2008 05:32 AM

      I'll second Wollensky's Grill. I've tried it at a couple other steakhouses, but Wollensky's is the best by far.

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      lisadc01 Mar 25, 2008 11:14 AM

      Thanks! I'll have to go - I just miss a good cobb salad!

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        Adam23 Mar 25, 2008 12:09 PM

        In NoVA, i'd go with Cafe Deluxe which has a very good cobb salad. Daily Grill also makes a decent one.

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        1. re: Adam23
          crackers Mar 25, 2008 08:20 PM

          The Daily Grill's "Cobb" is a chopped salad, not a classic Cobb with the ingredients laid out in strips on top of the lettice. It's very big though.

          Vermilion in Old Town Alexandria makes a lunchtime Cobb too, though I think they use a creamy feta dressing instead of blue cheese (or bleu cheese if you care to be fancy about it) but they might be willing to substitute.

          1. re: Adam23
            keithdcil Mar 26, 2008 01:11 PM

            I like the Daily Grill Cobb also. I prefer my lettuce chopped smaller (unless it is a wedge).

          2. hill food Mar 25, 2008 08:43 PM

            for a fast version by metro center, the grand hyatt's cafe(teria really) at 11 and H NW tosses it on the spot - doesn't suck. (used to work around the corner) I'm sure the elements are all supplied by some Sysco type operation, but it beats any pre-mixed-who-knows-when grocery alternate.

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              lisadc01 Mar 25, 2008 09:02 PM

              hey- I just replied to you re. jamon iberico- you're in my food interest knowledge area! ( I just miss a cobb salad for a reason- not that i ate it all the time but the options have been dismal lately)

              1. re: lisadc01
                hill food Mar 25, 2008 10:04 PM

                any food source that mixes bacon and cheese is cool in my book! maybe that should go on the "Guilty Pleasure" thread under General...

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              Elyssa Mar 26, 2008 01:14 PM

              I use to love the Cobb salad served at Champp's in Pentagon City. Certainly not the best food in the world but their Cobb salad was always quite good and HUGE!

              1. RichardCrystal Mar 26, 2008 01:34 PM

                This is what I learned about the Cobb salad when I used to eat lunch at the old Brown Derby in Hollywood;

                In 1937, Brown Derby owner Robert H. Cobb went into the restaurant's kitchen to fix a late night snack for Sid Grauman, operator of the Chinese Theater of the same name. He combed the refrigerator for what ingredients he could find and chopped them up finely because Grauman was suffering from a terrible toothache. Thus, the Cobb salad was born. From then on, Grauman would always request that a Cobb salad be prepared for him. The news about this wonderful creation spread quickly throughout Hollywood making it an instant hit, therefore it was added to the menu.

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                1. re: RichardCrystal
                  monkeyrotica Mar 27, 2008 06:04 AM

                  The original Brown Derby folded years ago. But there's one in Disneyland in Florida, as well as a new one opening soon in Albany, New York.


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