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AquaW Feb 17, 2009 08:46 AM

Been craving more veggies and grains lately -- so want to find out where are the best entree salads (either veggie or pasta based) in the area. Lately I've been going to M Cafe a LOT for their Gado Gado or their deli salad combos, but I definitely want to know where else I should check out for good, unique plate of greens.

Thanks for your help 'hounds!

~H.C.
http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

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    bulavinaka Feb 17, 2009 08:51 AM

    Lots of recent positive comments between posters Burgerboy and Westside Gal about this exact subject at 26 Beach have been discussed. You might try clicking on their profiles and view their recent comments...

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      Ben7643 Feb 17, 2009 04:27 PM

      Second 26 beach for salads. Get the Ahi Tuna salad it's great.

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      ElissaInPlaya Feb 17, 2009 10:56 AM

      Poster Emme is an expert on this topic also.

      See this post: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/402288

      I like salads at/from:
      Tender Greens
      Bossa Nova
      Greenleaf Chop
      Clementine
      26 Beach
      Provence Patisserie - nicoise
      Fritto Misto
      Go Veggie
      Good Stuff
      Surfas (sometimes

      )

      I don't like:
      Coral Tree Cafe
      CPK
      Truxton's
      Daily Grill

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        Ben7643 Feb 17, 2009 04:28 PM

        Surfas's Tuna salad is good MOST of the time last time I got it there was too much oil but every other time its been excellent it's a small salad though keep that in mind good for lunch.

      2. mollyomormon Feb 17, 2009 10:59 AM

        I love the ones at the Houston's group restaurants (Houston's, Bandera, Gulfstream, Cafe R+D), my favorites being the thai beef salad at Houston's and the Newporter at Cafe R+D. Clementine also has a great salad case along the lines of M Cafe.

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          alliefair3 Feb 17, 2009 11:10 AM

          I have cravings for the Crispy Chicken Vegetable Salad at Gulfstream. It's probably not the healthiest of salads, but it's delicious!

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          aliris Feb 17, 2009 11:28 AM

          Define "salad", please, if you would be so good?! Thx...

          Because if you're talking the sort of thing put in broad flat white dishes that are variously cooked veggies mixed with vinegar or some other binding-material behind a glass counter that you can pick from to make a plate-melange, then Sunset Grill/Cafe (?) might qualify for you?

          I mean these sorts of cooked-veggie dishes as opposed to green salads with/without heaping of some form of protein (say, chicken, etc) on top.

          Speaking of the latter, it's been a very long while, but while pregnant some while ago I became utterly addicted to the Outdoor Grill's chicken-caesar salad.

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          Outdoor Grill
          12630 1/2 Washington Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90066

          Sunset Grill
          1701 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

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            AquaW Feb 17, 2009 12:25 PM

            Actually my salad definition is pretty loose - so both the deli / cooked veggies and the raw green-leafty varieties apply.

            Thanks for the rec so far, very helpful!

            ~H.C.
            http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

          2. westsidegal Feb 17, 2009 12:12 PM

            although my favorite place is 26 beach (thank you so much bulavinaka!), i also enjoy
            the preprepared salads served at lemon moon in west LA and several of the ones served at the deli counter in back of most Gelesons.

            i DON'T recommend the stuff that gelsons sells from it's self-serve-make-your-own-salad cart.

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              delishdonna Feb 17, 2009 12:55 PM

              17th St Cafe on Montana ave in Santa Monica have some great salads. large portions and the dressings are very good.

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                fdb Feb 17, 2009 04:32 PM

                I love the chicken salad with avocado, grapefruit, and pinenuts (lunch only) at 17th St. Cafe. So light and so refreshing. Their chicken curry salad is also very good.

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                  Hughlipton Feb 17, 2009 04:33 PM

                  Is that the place on Montana? Love their food.

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                    delishdonna Feb 17, 2009 04:37 PM

                    Yes ...it's on Montana

              2. Hughlipton Feb 17, 2009 04:22 PM

                I like Stanley's and Cafe Cordiale, both on Ventura in Sherman Oaks. I almost pass on the salad at Stanley's just to have their cole slaw which more than makes up for a sald.

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                  Clyde Feb 17, 2009 04:41 PM

                  Singapore's Banana Leaf in the Farmers Market on Third and Fairfax has an excellent and unique salad called the Rojak. It's spinach, jicima, tofu, cucumbers, etc with a tangy dressing. They also have a Gado Gado salad - not sure how it compares to M's - it's a warm salad- boiled veggies and eggs, topped with a peanut sauce.
                  and i highly recommend the person who said, "Go Veggie". that place is awesome.

                  1. kushnerom Feb 17, 2009 05:30 PM

                    I LOVE salads and can eat them anytime, but I don't tend to order them much when eating out since I feel like I can make them at home, but when I am having a craving and don't want to scrounge all the ingredients together, I like Tender Greens in Culver City (great chinese chicken and seared ahi salad) and Doughboy's which I think is still temporarily in Hollywood while the WeHo location is renovated?

                    Jeannette
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                    1. russkar Feb 18, 2009 05:13 AM

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