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old school green goddess dressing - anywhere?

bigmamafoodie Jul 6, 2010 11:31 AM

I've been making my own at home and am wondering if anyone has had any around town. With the revival of a lot of old school drinks and dishes, I'm curious. It is SO GOOD!

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  1. OCAnn RE: bigmamafoodie Jul 6, 2010 11:40 AM

    The Melting Pot has them as a dip for the fondue, not as a dressing for salads...but perhaps they'll provide you w/a larger portion if you ask....

    1. goodhealthgourmet RE: bigmamafoodie Jul 6, 2010 11:42 AM

      i'm pretty sure it's on the menu at Lucques and Tavern. you could always call both places & ask.

      8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

      11648 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

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        jaykayen RE: bigmamafoodie Jul 6, 2010 11:43 AM

        Tavern sells it in their Larder. Animal has it on the menu.

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          phoenikia RE: jaykayen Oct 1, 2010 07:22 AM

          Does Animal always keep Green Goddess on the menu, or does it come and go as their menu changes from day to day?

        2. WildSwede RE: bigmamafoodie Jul 6, 2010 12:33 PM

          We had it at The Buggy Whip by the airport. My mom said it was exactly the same as when she used to eat it there 40 years ago...


          Buggy Whip Restaurant
          7420 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

          1. mucho gordo RE: bigmamafoodie Jul 6, 2010 12:50 PM

            Wasn't Green Goddess dressing Tracton's 'claim to fame'? I thought it originated with them. Another sorely missed eatery (sigh).

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              Servorg RE: mucho gordo Jul 6, 2010 12:53 PM

              Tracton's still exists just a bit south of us down in Solana Beach.


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                mucho gordo RE: Servorg Jul 6, 2010 01:08 PM

                That's got to be the same one. I just didn't remember the name "Red", it was simply called Tracton's. Thanks, Servorg.

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                SeaCook RE: mucho gordo Jul 6, 2010 01:02 PM

                No green goddess salad dressing was invented in SF.


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                  mucho gordo RE: SeaCook Jul 6, 2010 01:11 PM

                  Thanks, SeaCook, I just learned something.

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                WSB RE: orythedog Jul 6, 2010 03:32 PM

                Del Conte's in Torrance had the best green goddess and king crab legs

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                  flylice2x RE: WSB Oct 2, 2010 03:47 AM

                  Yea and Prime rib too...but no more..wish someone would open a place like that in Southbay area..

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                    cavallo1958 RE: flylice2x Dec 9, 2011 06:19 PM

                    Try the Buggy Whip in Westchester off of the 405 and La Tijera. They have the best Green Goddess that I have ever eaten. And the rest of their food is great also. It is a little pricy but you can go in and buy the green goddress and take it home. I lived around the corner and would do it all of the time. I am telling you I have never had anything that even got close.

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                  silence9 RE: bigmamafoodie Jul 6, 2010 03:52 PM

                  Try Billingsley's on Pico, in West L.A.

                  Billingsley's Restaurant
                  11326 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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                    condiment RE: bigmamafoodie Jul 6, 2010 04:05 PM

                    There's a very nice one at First and Hope.

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                      sparkareno RE: bigmamafoodie Jul 6, 2010 04:58 PM

                      The Velvet Turtle used to be my place of choice for GG dressing.

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                        BHAppeal RE: sparkareno Jul 6, 2010 05:23 PM

                        Houstons and its' sister spot the South Beverly Grill use Green Godess on their cole slaw.

                      2. Will Owen RE: bigmamafoodie Jul 6, 2010 05:40 PM

                        Once a useful answer, now a bit of useless nostalgia: the late Henry Moffett's on Lakewood in Bellflower offered a very good homemade GG as accompaniment for their fries. Boy, was that ever good! When I first checked out Moffett's in Arcadia I was hoping for the same, but no such luck.

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                          maudies5 RE: Will Owen Jul 6, 2010 06:33 PM

                          Tavern Green Goddess is beyond fabulous! So glad it is again available. Off menu for a few months and missed it. The recipe is in the Sunday Lucques cookbook. Damn good.
                          "Take your salad from ok to WOW with our green goddess dressing. Made with some of the best herbs from the farmers market, this dressing is packed with flavor!"

                          8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

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                            OCAnn RE: Will Owen Jul 7, 2010 07:49 AM

                            GG w/fries? I'm going to have to try that...maybe w/GG from TJ as suggested somewhere on this thread!

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                            Sharuf RE: bigmamafoodie Jul 7, 2010 03:48 AM

                            Trader Joe's has a bottled dressing named just "Goddess". This is very good and has become the standard dressing in my house.

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                              Servorg RE: Sharuf Jul 7, 2010 03:59 AM

                              That sounds good to me. Going to have to check that out today (my wife loves GG dressing).

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                                liu RE: Sharuf Oct 1, 2010 07:45 AM

                                Sharuf...we agree! The Trader Joe's "Goddess" is surprisingly delicious!
                                I say "surprisingly" because we have not found any bottled dressings over the years that we all like...until this one. Most bottled dressings seem to take on a rancid flavor quickly...after just a few days or weeks in the refrigerator. This one doesn't last long enough to get any funky separation or off-flavors.

                                Yes, Servorg, give it a try and report back, please!

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                                  Servorg RE: liu Oct 1, 2010 08:01 AM

                                  I still intend on getting some and trying it - and when I do I'll be sure to come back with a "review" of course. (and I have no good - or even poor - excuse for why I haven't done so as yet)

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                                    liu RE: Servorg Oct 1, 2010 08:20 AM

                                    "(and I have no good - or even poor - excuse for why I haven't done so as yet)"

                                    "Salad dressing" -- for sure, a top item on everyone's priority list!

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                                      Servorg RE: liu Oct 1, 2010 08:28 AM

                                      lol...Well, I do try and surprise my wife with items like this, so really it ought to have been higher on my priority list. One issue is my shopping hours are really crazy. I tend to go shopping for groceries at 4 AM - so Ralph's is my destination of choice (no other local choices being open then!).

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                                        liu RE: Servorg Oct 1, 2010 02:50 PM

                                        "I tend to go shopping for groceries at 4 AM"
                                        _ _ _ _

                                        Yaaaawn! That's insane!!!
                                        I wonder if the Asian markets are frying dumplings in the aisles at that hour?

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                                          Servorg RE: liu Oct 1, 2010 02:55 PM

                                          I don't know about the vagaries of trying to shop in the Asian markets at that time of the morning, but even at Ralphs it's like trying to negotiate an obstacle course with boxes and palates and yellow crime scene tape and waxing machines at ever aisle blocking my way. I feel like a kick returner in football trying to zig zag my way to the end zone. I've even had to learn how to use the intercom to announce my arrival at the check stand since there is no one there at that hour when I've finally finished shopping.

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                                            liu RE: Servorg Oct 1, 2010 10:49 PM

                                            "...yellow crime scene tape and waxing machines..."

                                            Servorg, you're very, very funny! You certainly have a different shopping experience from many of us! Seriously, I find Ralph's quite boring. Now I understand...by the time I shop there in the afternoon, everyone is exhausted from all the 4:00am activity!

                                            Back to topic: I'll be anxious to hear how you like the Trader Joe's Goddess dressing!

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                                              Servorg RE: liu Oct 2, 2010 10:53 AM

                                              Okay, purchased some "Goddess" dressing at the new TJ's on Olympic Blvd. Now I just have to make something to try it out on. What about using it for dipping vegetables? Or as sandwich spread? Next, the "Taste Test!!!" lol

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                                                liu RE: Servorg Oct 2, 2010 04:29 PM

                                                It all works!

                                                It was our artichoke dipping sauce the other night, and I used it -- mixed with a peanut sauce -- on Chinese noodles...a little went a long way.

                                                When I use it on lettuce, I like to squeeze some lime juice on at the last minute, after mixing the lettuce with the dressing. The citrus cuts the Goddess dressing nicely. Without the citrus, I find the Goddess a little thick.

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                                  jlisa1 RE: Sharuf Oct 1, 2010 07:53 PM

                                  The Trader Joe's Goddess dressing is really good, but totally different from Green Goddess (both the Kraft Green Goddess and the Trader Joe's Goddess dressings are in my fridge right now.

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                                  J.B. RE: bigmamafoodie Jul 7, 2010 06:49 AM

                                  Wasn't green goddess invented by the original Lawry's California Center??? Look, if you ate it there back in the day, you'd want to eat it everyday!!! Do yourself a favor and get a seasoning packet and whip it up!!! If not, head over to the Lawry's on LaCienega and ask for it... I think they might sell it...

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                                    SeaCook RE: J.B. Jul 7, 2010 09:15 AM

                                    J.B. Please see my previous post. GG dressing was invented in SF for George Arliss the actor not by Lawry's.

                                  2. Dommy RE: bigmamafoodie Oct 1, 2010 01:45 PM

                                    My favorite is Penzey's Mix using homemade Mayo...


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                                      sadiegirl RE: bigmamafoodie Oct 1, 2010 09:36 PM

                                      i believe the Buggy Whip in Los Angeles has it.

                                      Buggy Whip Restaurant
                                      7420 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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                                        bagdoodle RE: sadiegirl Oct 2, 2010 07:41 AM

                                        Foxy's coffee shop in Glendale has it and may even claim to be its originator. It's exceptionally good, fresh made, and available for sale to go. The rest of the food at Foxy's is also quite excellent. It's on Colorado, near the corner of Central.

                                      2. The Chowhound Team RE: bigmamafoodie Oct 2, 2010 05:13 AM

                                        Folks, we've split off a recipe for making Green Goddess dressing to a new thread on our Home Cooking board. You can find that thread here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/737898

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                                          happybaker RE: bigmamafoodie Dec 9, 2011 07:57 PM

                                          Every now and then Eva will have it as part of their sunday supper. On a lettuce wedge it is SO good, I could eat just that for dinner!

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                                            Jacquelynn RE: bigmamafoodie Aug 18, 2012 07:33 PM

                                            Craig's on melrose has a salad with green goddess dressing. My boyfriend eats it every time we go there. He said its the best. I can't comment because I just might be the only Mexican who doesn't like avocado.

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                                              budlit RE: Jacquelynn Aug 19, 2012 07:39 AM

                                              there is no avocado in green goddess dressing

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                                                Servorg RE: budlit Aug 19, 2012 08:07 AM

                                                Right you are. Chow recipe can be found here: http://www.chow.com/recipes/28742-cho...

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                                                  SeaCook RE: Servorg Aug 20, 2012 08:52 AM

                                                  The late lamented Velvet Turtle restaruant green goddess dressing had avacado in it. So yes some green goddess dressing recipes have avacado in it


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                                                    Servorg RE: SeaCook Aug 20, 2012 08:55 AM

                                                    We went to the Turtle for their individual beef Wellington entree with the "Duchess" potatoes. We still lament the passing of the Turtle...(and I think the addition of avocado to GG dressing is not typical AFAIK).

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                                                      budlit RE: SeaCook Aug 21, 2012 12:17 PM

                                                      Seacook: and green food coloring

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                                                        Jacquelynn RE: SeaCook Aug 21, 2012 04:27 PM

                                                        I asked Craig and they do indeed put avocado in their green goddess dressing. I googled "green goddess avocado" and just under a million recipes for GG dressing w avocado in it came up so it can't be that uncommon...

                                                2. orythedog RE: bigmamafoodie Aug 20, 2012 10:48 AM

                                                  Virbrato Jazz Grill

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                                                    kanohli RE: bigmamafoodie Aug 20, 2012 11:06 AM

                                                    At Last Cafe in Long Beach

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