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Boston's best salads?

lauren ipsum Mar 25, 2008 08:10 AM

For better of for worse, this hypothetical "warmer weather" has steered me into low-carb land. Where - and what - are your favorite salads?

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  1. TomH RE: lauren ipsum Mar 25, 2008 08:13 AM

    I really enjoy the salad bar at Sebastian's by Downtown Crossing.

    1. finlero RE: lauren ipsum Mar 25, 2008 08:42 AM

      Here's a thread from last summer that lists many of the favorites:


      (And in it, I post a link to a *previous* salad thread! Not sure exactly how just yet, but this tactic will definitely be in play as I develop my Chowhound drinking game...)

      1. hiddenboston RE: lauren ipsum Mar 25, 2008 08:49 AM

        The salads at the Centre Street Cafe in JP are really good--fresh, organic ingredients with locally-picked veggies (depending on the season).

        1. MC Slim JB RE: lauren ipsum Mar 25, 2008 09:01 AM

          A few favorites:

          Cobb salad and deconstructed Caesar at Pop's (good salads all around here)

          Salade Cambodgienne at Elephant Walk

          Frisee/lardon/poached egg salads at Brasserie Jo, Aquitaine, Pierrot, Petit Robert, and Beacon Hill Bistro

          Fasulye piyaz, the complimentary white bean salad served at Brookline Family Restaurant.

          The somewhat overdressed but otherwise lovely beet salad with very mild goat cheese at Cafe Polonia.

          The pear "carpaccio" at Da Vinci.

          The romaine salad with Parmesan dressing, superb croutons, and lardons at Hamersley's.

          The spicy fideos, chickpeas and green chard dressed with orange aioli at Oleana (verging into not-salad territory, I suspect).

          That sweetly-dressed pile of iceberg they serve with the steak tips at New Bridge Cafe in Chelsea.

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            catsmeow RE: lauren ipsum Mar 25, 2008 09:55 AM

            The Boston Salad at the Cheesecake Factory with extra dressing on the side and extra bacon bits.

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              nm424 RE: lauren ipsum Mar 25, 2008 11:37 AM

              Middlesex Lounge had a surprisingly good pulled chicken salad with stilton cheese

              1. Infomaniac RE: lauren ipsum Mar 25, 2008 11:37 AM

                Tiger tears salad at Floating Rock in Revere is one to add to the list.

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                  powella RE: Infomaniac Mar 25, 2008 12:21 PM

                  This may be removed for mentioning a chain, but I crave the chicken salad at Houston's. It comes with thin, crunchy tortilla strips, lots of fresh cilantro, and not one but two dressings: one is peanuty, the other is plum. It's my Mother's Day dinner every year.

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                    galleygirl RE: powella Mar 26, 2008 06:17 AM

                    I can't beieve I'm saying this, but I had an amazing salad at Houlihan's, too.

                    It was a seared ahi tuna salad on the menu. But it involved a banana vinaigrette, bananas, cashews, and cilantro...Bananas?

                    This salad was a revelation. I'm not kidding here. Chopped Napa, with cilantro, slivers of banana, cashews, the seared slices of ahi and crisp wonton strips; and a sprinkle of something soysaucelike...A banana-ginger vinaigrette, that I would kill to have the recipe for.. It resembled nothing so much as the flavors of Yum Pla Duk Fu, a Thai salad that involves crispy catfish, cashews, greens, and typical Thai dressing ingredients. The corporate chef who came up with this gem had to be firmly grounded in traditional Asian foods...I loved it. It was perfect.

                2. NiKoLe1625 RE: lauren ipsum Mar 25, 2008 01:48 PM

                  as much as I hate to eat at Stephanie's, I will say that most of their salads are quite good. I enjoy their chinese chicken salad the most. Eastern Standard makes a great tuna nicoise and my friend really likes the frisee salad there (im not a fan of frisee, so i've never had it). Also, i have to admit that many of the salads at Cheesecake are pretty good. I try to stick to the weight management ones (less calories). The asian chicken is my favorite!

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                    heathermb RE: NiKoLe1625 Mar 25, 2008 02:06 PM

                    The chicken confit salad at Eastern Standard is my current favorite in Boston.

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                    nm424 RE: lauren ipsum Mar 25, 2008 01:52 PM

                    That remimds me, Stephanie's has a great goat cheese salad!

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                      kweesee RE: lauren ipsum Mar 25, 2008 04:13 PM

                      I cant believe I'm saying this but I love the Sonoma Chicken Salad as well as their Seven Pepper Salad.

                      1. Lorcasaur RE: lauren ipsum Mar 25, 2008 05:03 PM

                        Unless you work where I do, this place is probably out of the way, but the smoked salmon nicoise at Channel Cafe (Fort Point) is quite possibly my favorite salad of all time. It was off the menu when they changed ownership a couple years back, but fortunately they came to their senses. Oh, and their Mediterranean salad is stellar as well.

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                          AnnieP RE: Lorcasaur Mar 26, 2008 02:27 AM

                          The cafe at Nordstrom at the Natick Mall (I refuse to say "Collection") has a salad nicoise with grilled salmon that I love.

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                          saltyair RE: lauren ipsum Mar 25, 2008 07:28 PM

                          I like the salads at Houston's

                          1. galleygirl RE: lauren ipsum Mar 26, 2008 06:36 AM

                            Yum Tom, shrimp and papaya salad at Dok Bua, squid salad at Dok Bua,
                            Vietnamese Cabbage,shrimp and jellyfish salad at Pho 2000; their version has the huge shrimp chips to scoop it with, and they're the only Vietnamese place (that I'm aware of) that offers jellyfish...

                            1. kobuta RE: lauren ipsum Mar 26, 2008 09:26 AM

                              I've recently been craving the salad bruschetta at Cosi's, and their bread just makes it all the better.

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