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Best salads in SD????

mmjgam Jul 21, 2009 11:41 AM

Please give your top salads in SD.


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    pickypicky RE: mmjgam Jul 21, 2009 05:44 PM

    Tender Greens, Liberty Station.

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      keena RE: pickypicky Jul 21, 2009 07:51 PM

      Tender Greens but Salad Style downtown is also very good.
      If you're in LJ, Lean n Green is organic and right up there.

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      daantaat RE: mmjgam Jul 21, 2009 08:34 PM

      anything made from Chino Farms. I just got a few lettuces this weekend and for the first time in many years, my salad has FLAVOR, and not from the dressing!

      1. cgfan RE: mmjgam Jul 22, 2009 05:18 PM

        I'm always amazed at the "plain house" salad at Roxy's in Encinitas. They have what must be the tastiest "standard" greens and veggies. No micro-greens, edible flowers or even bitter greens but good old standard greens of incredible quality. The place is not much to look at, looks dated and forlorn, but everything there must be freshly made on the premises. (Note that it's mainly old diner counter standards redone with a strong vegetarian/health food bent, and not in the least contemporary.)

        It's just one of those things where I return once in a while just to check and see "was it really that good or am I just nuts - afterall it's just a plain old salad", and everytime I walk out saying yes, it was "that good". It may be served in one of those horrid pressed wood salad bowls, but no matter, it still is very, very good. I swear I could eat the whole salad without any dressing!

        Anyone else think so?

        Outside of their house salad the only salad that I've been impressed with was at the Poseidon in Del Mar, but that was a long time ago and I haven't been back since. If I recall right it was built and dressed tableside; wish I could remember more!

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          honkman RE: cgfan Jul 22, 2009 10:53 PM

          Are you serious about Poseidon ? If I would have to nominate one restaurant in SD as the lousiest one Poseidon would be at least in the top 3

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            foodiechick RE: honkman Jul 22, 2009 11:04 PM

            Yep. We tended to go about once a year to sit "on the wall" and take in the beach (choosing to look past the mediocre food, but it just keeps getting worser and worser. Finally, I'm done.

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              cgfan RE: honkman Jul 23, 2009 01:19 AM

              Yes I was serious, but also mistaken. I confused The Poseidon for Jake's. Of course you're all correct about The Poseidon - strictly a spot for the "gimmick" of being able to have full-service dining while practically on the sand. But perhaps the name itself is telling - the food's a bit of a shipwreak in itself.

              As to Jake's that was the one and only time I was there, and the only thing that I remembered from my meal was their salad...

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                stevewag23 RE: honkman Jul 23, 2009 07:00 PM


                What are your other 2?

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                  phee RE: stevewag23 Jul 23, 2009 07:27 PM

                  You're just hoping he'll say they're in the Cohn Restaurant group.

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              daantaat RE: mmjgam Jul 22, 2009 07:29 PM

              forgot to mention earlier that I like CPK's Thai Chicken Chopped Salad w/ the tamarind/peanut dressing. Lots of crunch from the peanuts and won ton skins and more texture from the edamame and bok choy.

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                PGB RE: mmjgam Jul 22, 2009 08:12 PM

                Good question. I'm on a "salad diet" and have tried salads most everywhere. Here are my findings:
                Pizza Nova: good variety from Chinese to Chipolte Lime to Caesar. Good portions and tasty, but not the best parts of the lettuce. B
                Sammy's: Chopped salad is hard to beat and one of my favorites. A-
                YanCan at Terminal 1 in airport: What a surprise. Their Chinese chicken salad is excellent, when they are not out of the ingredients. A
                CPK: BBQ chicken salad. Mediocre, chain food style. C+
                Bretts BBQ in Encinitas: A great salad with many fresh ingredients (jicama, corn, etc.) along with a choice of pulled pork, pulled chicken or brisket. A-
                Milton's: Salads generally very good, particularly the mediterranean in a pita. Pricey when you add chicken. A-
                Claim Jumper BBQ chicken salad. Very good and of course huge. B+
                Fidel's: Chicken salad. Lots of cabbage, tortilla chips covered with cheese and white meat chicken. Not diet, but very good. B
                Tender Greens: Excellent salads although not very imaginative and limited ingredients. But they use some of the best greens and the salads are really good. A

                1. Sampaguita RE: mmjgam Jul 22, 2009 08:58 PM

                  Sometimes I crave the Insalata D'Anatra from Arriverderci in Hillcrest. Spinach, pinenuts, raisins, bacon and smoked duck breast...drizzled with a savory vinaigrette...made for a great "to go" lunch for me more times than I can remember. They always included some of that yummy bread they make at the restaurant too.

                  1. Alice Q RE: mmjgam Jul 23, 2009 12:24 AM

                    Love SaladStyle - in the E. Village - on F Street right by the Post Office. It's just a cute little walk up hole in the wall serving nothing but gourmet salads for about $10. apiece - you can take it to go or they have a couple of tables on the sidewalk. The Cous Cous one will change your life, and the Ahi Tomato is not far behind.

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                      lawyerbriefs RE: Alice Q Jul 23, 2009 06:11 AM

                      Ditto. Was in town for a few days and had to choose, on Monday, between the couscous and the Ahi. Great lunch!

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                        heredia76 RE: lawyerbriefs Jul 23, 2009 05:41 PM

                        white corn avacado salad with pumpkin seeds and caribbean green goddess dressing! Alchemy Restaurant

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                          nessy RE: heredia76 Jul 23, 2009 09:13 PM

                          I just had a yummy salad at Blind Lady Ale House --Farmer's Market Salad it was called with greens, goat cheese, plums, pluots, and toasted hazelnuts in a balsamic-y dressing. They used to have a great avocado citrus salad too but it is not still on the menu at the moment.

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