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Great Caesar Salad in L.A.

sydvischus May 11, 2009 06:21 PM

My husband is a Caesar salad aficionado and we haven't found a great one in L.A. besides Dan Tana's - does anyone have any other faves? Don't hold the anchovies - yummmm!

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    annabana Jul 5, 2009 01:23 PM

    I always loved the Ceasar salad at Hal's in Venice (I always asked for extra anchovies,) followed by the chicken and fries--yummm!

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      darrenk Jul 4, 2009 11:09 PM

      If you like your Caesar with TONS of garlic try Stonefire Grill's take on it.

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        sydvischus Jul 4, 2009 01:56 PM

        Actually, I think Dal Rae's sounds better to me than Musso and Frank's - the caesar and the steaks might be worth the drive from West Hollywood?

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        1. re: sydvischus
          DanaB Jul 4, 2009 10:08 PM

          If you like old school restaurants, ambiance and service, you will like Dal Rae. The food is consistently good, and it's definitely worth a drive to try it at least once, as it is a Southern California classic.

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          gdodgerfan Jun 22, 2009 03:44 PM

          Adagio in Woodland Hills made tableside and fantastic

          1. westsidegal Jun 21, 2009 11:14 PM

            i know, i know, it's a chain and it isn't the classic caesar, but,
            cheesecake factory serves a huge, garliky caesar for about $11 or so.
            best price/quantity in town
            and still good in terms of price/quality

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              sydvischus May 14, 2009 09:50 AM

              Thanks everyone - I think we'll start at Musso & Frank's and take the Caesar's tour from there...

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              1. re: sydvischus
                paprkutr Jun 21, 2009 11:15 PM

                Definitely go to Dal Rae's, they make it tableside. Old fashioned red leather booths, good drinks and food.

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                wesleywong May 12, 2009 08:27 PM

                I'm a big fan of the Caesar at Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro at The Grove LA. It is served table side for ~$10 an order (minimum of two orders). They give you a taste to make sure it is to your liking before it is served.

                1. mrshankly May 12, 2009 05:27 PM

                  I've enjoyed the Caesar salad at Miceli's in Studio City. While not entirely an authentic Caesar, it is pretty tasty along with their delicious rolls.

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                    manku May 12, 2009 05:19 PM

                    I really like Fleming's Caesar...which is weird, because I think everything else on the menu is truly mediocre (including hands down the worst meat of any high end steakhouse).

                    1. rednyellow May 12, 2009 03:58 PM

                      Does anyone here remember the now gone. Sal's Martoni that was on Cahuenga near Selma in Hollywood. Its been gone since around '94. Now I think its a printer's shop. They had my fav. Caesar Salad. It was oily, not creamy, garlicy, and just perfect. I'd love to find one in the area like it.

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                        waxfondler May 12, 2009 04:23 PM

                        Yes BOA'S has incredible caesar salad made right in front of you.

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                          Tom P May 12, 2009 07:28 PM

                          Wow. I LOVED that place and was so bummed when it closed. It was this amazing NYC style italian place right in the middle of hollywood. I am so glad someone remembers it. Do you have any idea what happened?

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                            rednyellow May 12, 2009 08:53 PM

                            Two things happened, I just don't remember the order. There was the '94 quake and a heart attack. One caused trouble and then the other sealed their fate. As I heard, the owners wife called it quits after the second event. Martoni's was just perfect and I don't know anywhere in town that compares to their dark, old school record industry vibe.

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                          WSB May 12, 2009 10:14 AM

                          Dal Rae

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                            Wolfgang May 12, 2009 10:36 AM

                            My tableside Caesar at Boa Santa Monica was the best I've had. It was better than the steak, unfortunately.

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                              ExtraCheesePlease May 12, 2009 03:12 PM

                              I was going to post the same thing. The caesar at Boa is amazing and done to order. I do love their bone-in ribeye though but the caesar is awesome.

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                                Wolfgang May 12, 2009 04:20 PM

                                I had the bone-in rib eye and it wasn't good. It was cooked perfectly but run up with gristle. I'm not talking about the nice fat that makes rib eyes my favourite steak. This was a poor piece of meat.

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                                  ExtraCheesePlease May 13, 2009 07:49 AM

                                  I'm sorry to hear that. For that amount of money, it should be like butter. If that was me, the management would definitely have heard about it.

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                                  AndieCat Jul 4, 2009 09:01 PM

                                  Boa Steakhouse (the one in West Hollywood) makes the best Caesar salad I've ever had. They make it tableside and perfectly. Other Caesar salads don't come even close. I like the one at Dan Tana's, but this one is better, IMO.

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                              Clyde May 12, 2009 09:55 AM

                              this may not be up your alley but i LOVE the caesar salad at Real Food Daily.

                              1. flylice2x May 12, 2009 03:45 AM

                                Del Rae in Pico Rivera has a good one. They make it right at your table...

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                                  foh May 12, 2009 01:52 AM

                                  Guido's in West LA does it tableside too.
                                  House of Blues Sunset has a damn respectable caesar too.

                                  Guido's Restaurant
                                  11980 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles, CA 90025

                                  House of Blues Sunset Strip
                                  8430 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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                                    schrutefarms May 12, 2009 02:05 AM

                                    Porch Restaurant or Foundation Room restaurant?

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                                      foh May 12, 2009 03:15 AM

                                      I'm not sure, I've only eaten there in the dressing room. I think it is from the porch menu.

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                                        schrutefarms May 12, 2009 10:00 AM

                                        The dressing room only serves Porch food-and, yes, their Ceaser is pretty darn good!

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                                    schrutefarms May 11, 2009 11:03 PM

                                    First I should say...I don't like anchovies. So you might not like mine. But I do love the Ceaser at California Chicken Cafe. It has pita chips instead of croutons. It's actually really good.

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                                      JeetJet May 13, 2009 09:39 AM

                                      I second CCC. All salads, the chicken and fruit salad -- outstanding and fresh everytime. BTW, I love anchovies but IMO they have no proper place in any salad dressing or on top of a pizza. I have my anchovies on crackers along with beer.


                                    2. ipsedixit May 11, 2009 11:01 PM

                                      Nick and Stef's.

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                                        jeffandnat May 11, 2009 06:54 PM

                                        We are big fans of the Caesar at Houstons. It has a nice dressing laced with garlic, and won't break the budget. For a chain, they do a great job. Always served on an ice cold plate with an ice cold fork.
                                        Are there any restaurants that still whip it up tableside with the raw egg dressing, or is that illegal these days?

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                                          Tom P May 11, 2009 09:18 PM

                                          Edendale Grill in Silverlake used to... and it was a very good one. I have not been in a few months and I know the menu changed a little, so I am not sure it is still on the menu.

                                          1. re: jeffandnat
                                            rickym13 May 11, 2009 09:20 PM

                                            Dal Rae Caesar Salad (For Two) 16.50
                                            Prepared Table Side

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                                              David Kahn May 12, 2009 01:27 PM


                                              Dal Rae
                                              9023 E. Washington Blvd., Pico Rivera, CA 90660

                                            2. re: jeffandnat
                                              alliebear May 12, 2009 02:00 AM

                                              I agree. I love Houston's Caesar salad, or any of their salads.

                                              I don't often order Caesar salad's though, and the ones I have ordered weren't memorable. So I don't have any suggestions for the OP.

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                                                westsidegal Jun 21, 2009 11:11 PM

                                                just came from dinner at houston's in manhattan beach and had the houston's caesar.
                                                the fork wasn't cold
                                                the plate wasn't cold
                                                the garlic flavor was hardly discernable
                                                tasted not at all of anchovy
                                                virtually no lemon tang

                                                the cheese they used was good, though.

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                                                  aching Jun 26, 2009 03:37 PM

                                                  I like Houston's but I've never found their Caesar to be very impressive either.

                                              2. Tom P May 11, 2009 06:41 PM

                                                I love Dan Tana's Caesar, indeed. But Musso and Franks has one that is just as good. I've had it many, many times. And unless it has changed, the Bowery on Sunset just east of Vine also has a terrific Casear.

                                                1. aching May 11, 2009 06:25 PM

                                                  It's not a true Caesar, but I love the tricolore salad at Pizza Mozza - it's definitely anchovy-y. I was also surprised to find that Fleming's has quite a yummy one - i think they put mustard in the dressing, so it has a kick.

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