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best Salads?

Who has the best salads right now in DC or Northern Virginia?
I am debating right now between Founding Farmers and Dog Fish Head. Any better suggestions? Thanks!

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  1. I'm sure there are plenty of people who can toss a mighty fine salad. Do you have any specific kind of salad in mind?

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    1. re: Ericandblueboy

      Well, I like spinach or mixed greens (no iceberg). Also, I would like it to have good chicken or tuna (as an option... doesn't have to be the featured part of the salad), perhaps a house dressing, and lots of fun ingredients. A creative salad.

      1. re: Ericandblueboy

        You know, I've been wondering what's happened to the concept of the tossed salad. For the past several years, I've been served toss-it-yourself salads with the ingredients laid nicely out on a plate or bowl, but each ingredient in its own neat pile.

        Are you supposed to eat salads like this a forkful of this, a forkful of that? Or are they just getting lazy? Or is the thinking that this is a pretty way to present a salad?

        1. re: MikeR

          That's along the lines of the third slice of iceberg lettuce. Pardon, but WTF? 'Specially with Iceberg?

      2. I haven't had a Founding Farmers salad, but they look great. I think the GAR's always make a really good salad, varied greens, cheeses, meats, good combinations.

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        1. re: ktmoomau

          I'll second the GARG rec. Sometimes at Artie's I've gotten a double order of the chopped salad as my meal.

          1. re: ktmoomau

            I really like GAR's salads, too. The dinner ones are among the best I've ever had. I do like to mix and match the salad, though, and it probably drives the servers crazy.

            1. re: ktmoomau

              I, too, have to ditto the GAR recommendation. grilled smoked salmon w/ red potatoes in a champagne vinagrette, roast chicken salad with pine nuts and dried cranberries, spicy battered chicken fingers chopped in a salad with roasted corn, pickled tomatoes, cukes in a garlic buttermilk dressing, etc. Wonderful options to choose from, huge, very nice fresh mixture of greens.

            2. my favorite salad in the area has got to be the insalata mista at vapiano (i always get it with sauteed jumbo shrimp.) it has tons of veggies. tons. and it's so good and fresh and delicious. juice joint has good salads too for fast pickup type places.

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              1. re: littlew1ng

                Second this rec. While I am not a fan of the ordering/paying system at Vapiano, that salad is yummy. Get it with the Caesar dressing.

              2. The ginger salad at Myanmar is one of the top five things you can put in your mouth in the DC Metro area. Plenty of other great (not just good) salads here as well including tea leaf, long bean, shrimp and bean sprout, and the highly unusual gram fritter salad (with chick pea gravy). At $5, the ginger salad with some rice is a perfect meal.

                Try the Miscellaneous Salad at Bay Lo in Eden Center. A Fantastic concoction and a great meal. I couldn't identify a couple of the vegetables, but nothing too scary.

                For pure spinach and grilled chicken goodness, the spinach salad at Metro 29 is quite a meal. Not creative at all, but very delicious and plenty of leftovers.

                1. I've always loved the Nicoise salad at L'Enfant.

                  1. I had the Tuna Nicoise salad today at Bistrot du Coin in Dupont Circle. It has tuna, boiled potatoes, green beans and peppers, black olives, tomatoes and boiled eggs, in a bed of bib/butter lettuce topped with anchovies. Very tasty and a deal I think for $13.95 and you get great bread with butter.

                    1. I had what I thought was the best Ceaser Salad at The Tasting Room in Frederick. TTR is a bit off the beaten path for this question, but the flavor was so good I thought it deserved a mention.

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                      1. re: mdfoodlover

                        Tuna Nicoise at Passion Fish is better than the Ahi Tuna salad at Jackson's up the street. BUT, Jackson's may have the best salads of all the Great American restaurants which are among the area's best. Someobdy also must mention Kramer Books/Afterwords Cafe just north of Dupont circle which has outstanding dinner salads . And, Houston's, too. This also leads to the topic of where to go to have an excellent dinner salad...and a really good bowl of soup. At some point Kinkead's begins to figure into this because of their soup and, they have the best tuna carpaccio in the area. Of course this isn't a salad but...

                      2. Oddly enough, I love the salad place in the Pentagon City Mall. It's one price (plus protein) and you can pick from about 25 different toppings... or all at once. They'll dress it and toss it for ya too. Cheap, easy, and fast....

                        1. I had a brilliant salad at Proof a few weeks ago. Three of us ordered salads and they were all simply brilliant. It's been a bit so I don't remember specifics, mine was a beet and cheese salad, another included eggplant, but the salads were one of the highlights of the meal.

                          1. I haven't tried Founding Farmers yet. For salads, I like the Chinese Chicken salad at the Cheesecake Factory (it's massive; I get the lunch-size), the Nicoise salad at Bistrot du Coin, and believe it or not, I love the salad concoctions (especially the ones with nuts and granny smith apples) at Chopt (the main complaint with Chopt being the price, but the quality is fresh and good).