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Best Ceasar in Boston?

I am going down to Boston with my girlfriend for the weekend and was wondering where I could find the best Caesar salad. Although I assume some restaurant in the North End holds the best recipe, I am more than willing to travel within the Boston limits to find it. I am looking for a garlicky, fresh-tasting dressing that has a thinner texture, definitely prepared with raw egg, and topped with cracked black pepper and fresh parmesan. I want the classic rendition. If anyone has any favorites, my girlfriend and I would be greatly appreciative. Thanks so much.

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  1. My wife orders the Ceasar everywhere, and her favorites are at the steakhouses. Abe & Louis, Grille 23 & Bar and Capitol Grille are her favorites.

    1. The Caesar salad we had with dinner at Pescatore (Ball Square, Somerville) was outstanding in my memory - having just the dressing you describe, beautiful, fresh plump anchovies (optional, of course) and house-made croutons that almost trumped the rest of the salad. The romaine was so fresh - cold and crisp. High quality parmesan. It is likely one of the best Caesar salads I have had.


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      1. re: Small Plates

        I agree about Pescatore. And while it may be a bit too far out from Boston, the Caesar salad at Via Lago in Lexington is one of the best I've had in the Boston area.

      2. I think if you're looking for "best" Caesar salad, you'd want it prepared like the San Diego original, i.e., tableside, with your server cracking the eggs and whipping up the dressing and assembling the thing right in front of you. I imagine that had as much to do with the original's appeal as its tastiness.

        I vaguely remember a discussion about this here a couple of years back, but does any Boston restaurant do a tableside Caesar prep anymore? Some place in the North End was the last place I recall doing it, though you might expect it at a place like Anthony's Pier 4, or perhaps Locke-Ober.


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        1. re: Chris VR

          Ha anyone been to The Castle lately? Is it worth the checkbook dent?

          1. re: MC Slim JB

            I'm with you -- a table side egg-cracking would be outstanding. My dad used to talk about that.

            1. re: MC Slim JB

              Moving to Boston many years ago, as a new 20-something, I treated myself to my 1st fancy meal. Somehow, even back then, I had researched for this experience. It was lunch in the Ritz dining room on a beautiful sunny day at a window table, where my salad dressing was mixed from scratch tableside by one of several waitstaff. A fondly remembered occasion.

              1. re: MC Slim JB

                I had the Caesar at Locke-Ober during dinner a couple months ago -- alas not table-side (I had hoped it would be), but quite delicious (flavorful, garlicky dressing...)

              2. I haven't been in a while, but i recall Stella, in the South End (on Washington Street) having a really delicious Ceasar salad....really garlicky, lemony, flavorful. This thread is actually making me crave it right now :)

                1. Back from lunch I should report on another Caesar I just enjoyed (this thread made me order it, I am sure). We walked over the bridge to Scampo and spilt the Caesar - it was somewhat deconstructed and unconventional (radicchio and romaine spears) with a very light dressing and medium cooked boiled egg slices. Fresh anchovies on top and delicate croutons. While not made tableside, we watched the salad prepared in the garde manger / pizza station in the middle of the room. It was fresh and delicious and were it not for the always delicious Shire-signature lobster pizza on the way, I may have ordered another. Not exactly what the OP was in search of, but worth a mention because it was indeed quite good!

                  1. Had the ceasar at Sorellina last night and was impressed. No table-side egg cracking, but excellent frsh taste. Full, cold and crisp leafs of romaine; three plump anchovies; great crutons; and a fresh, non-overbearing ceasar dressing (not to garlicy and not at all thick). I'd certainly recommend it.

                    1. On Valentine's day three years ago, I had the best caesar salad i ever had at Limoncello in the North End. I still remember it perfectly today. On return visits, however, it has been disappointing so it's possible that I could have built up its greatness in my mind.

                      1. I remember having many great Caesar's prepared tableside at Davide , Commercial St, North End. Was REALLY good but should call and confirm as it was a few years back.

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                        1. re: TopCat

                          I remember having the tableside prepared Caesar at Davide yoo; many years ago. I don't see it on the menu but there's a pic of a guy making it on the site.

                          Davide seems to have fallen off the radar..if it was ever on. Year's ago, I used to think of it as a higher end version of the regular North End red sauce places.

                          I can't recall a single post on CH; nor do I know of anyone who goes there.

                          I did go to a party for the neighborhood last year; to attract biz and the food was good. Very old school atmosphere...Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack could have been sitting at 1 of the banquettes..:)

                          Anyone been lately?


                          1. re: 9lives

                            What I want to know is....how the heck do they stay in business? (or do i really want to know....???) ;)