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Feb 17, 2009 08:46 AM

Best Entree Salads in L.A.?

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!


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  1. 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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    1. re: bulavinaka

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

    2. Poster Emme is an expert on this topic also.

      See this post:

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


      I don't like:
      Coral Tree Cafe
      Daily Grill

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      1. re: ElissaInPlaya

        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. 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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        1. re: mollyomormon

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

        2. 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.

          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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          1. re: aliris

            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!


          2. 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.