Table Side Caesar Salad
Does anyone know of a restaurant in SF that still serves a table side caesar salad? I am having a difficult time finding one. Your help is much appreciated.
Alfred's discontinued this practice a number of years ago, which was really too bad. I'm not aware of any other places in SF that still do tableside Caesar. Funny thing, it seems that every "Mexican" restaurant now makes guacamole table-side. If restaurants can afford the guac cart, why not a Caesar cart?
Tableside caeser? I'm usually thrilled if I can even get a proper caesar to begin with period.
It's the salad itself which is a lost art, and the last couple times I experienced it made table side were still big letdowns.
If I see a caesar on the menu I'm prone to asking if it's made traditional, or verify if it's tossed, and without fail the waitstaff can't answer, and doesn't understand why I'm asking. They just do not know the difference between a modernized take and the real thing. It doesn't help when the menus will say "classic", "traditional", "true" for salads that aren't even chopped and tossed.
Well, House of Prime Rib makes a salad table side, but it is not Caesar.
The closest would be the Iron Gate in Belmont where you can find all things from the past like flambes and steak Diane
Should you be in the North Bay, Equus does a tableside Caesar
Though I have not read much good about the place, The Seafood Peddler in San Rafael does make Caesar tableside
I read Marin Joe's made it tableside, but it doesn't mention that on the menu.
If you are in the East Bay Massimo's in Fremont makes it (pdf format for link)
I swear when I was updating Place records one of those touristy Fisherman's Wharf or North Beach restaurants did this. I remember thinking "how about that?" However, I'm not finding it, so maybe not. Maybe it was Ceasar's as Melanei mentioned, but I don't see tableside prep noted on the menu.
Found my old post from 2004 on this rumor,
I was walking by the restaurant about a year ago and stepped in to ask the bartender if this was still available at lunch time. He said he didn't know and tried to find the manager to ask. He couldn't find him and I didn't have time to press further.
Maybe someone will call and find out.