Where is your Favorite... Salad in LA?
Hello everyone... I love rich food but, well, there are times when you got to order something healthier (even if it's marginally healthier). I realize this post isn't going to get as much traction as exilekiss's burgerextravaganza review and I don't foresee the Travel Channel doing 30 minutes on "Extreme Salads" or Adam Richman taking on some type of "10 pound o' greens challenge." I also don't see the Food Network doing the "best thing I ever ate" salad edition (well, I suppose I could see that... they're getting desperate for topics...).
My wife loves salads and I'm learning to love them more and more. My current favorite salad in LA is the calamari salad at Asia de Cuba. This salad has crispy calamari (the marginally healthier part of this salad), chayote, hearts of palm, banana, cashews, chicory, radicchio and a sesame orange dressing.
I'd like to hear where you go and what you order when you want a great salad. While, ideally, I'd love it if it you could suggest an entree sized salad, but smaller creative dinner salads also count. I'd like to find salads other than the traditional wedges with blue cheese or Caesar salads (but hey, if that's your favorite, let me know).
Also, if you know of a great salad bar, I've love to hear it. I'd prefer restaurant suggestions rather than supermarket suggestions. Oh, and, yes I've heard of Sizzler and Souplantation, so no need to mention those.
Best salad bar in LA is Fogo de Chow in Beverly Hills. It has over 30 items. It's a feast of gourmet salads, fresh vegetables, imported cheeses, artisan breads, cured meats and more including
24 Month, Aged Parmesan, Aged Manchego Cheese, Prosciutto, Brazilian Hearts of Palm,
Artichoke Bottoms Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, Smoked Salmon,Italian Salami, Jumbo AsparagusTabbouleh, Shitake Mushrooms.
Plus you get all those great Brazilian meats as your main course and this year they are part of Dine LA week.
And yes you can order just the salad bar.
I think Cafe Pinot offers some great salad choices during lunch. Even if the their menu selections don't entice, ask for the salads of the day (which is usu. part of their Spa menu) and is generally very interesting.
And I think the potato salad at Porta Via Foods in Pasadena is like a Oxycontin and Vicodin cocktail tonic for a cancer patient. (Does potato salad count as "salad"? Who cares, it's so good, you won't ponder the question too long.)
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Chopped salad at La Scala (and Presto).
Chopped salad with chicken at Zabies
Gorgonzola with Walnuts salad at Fritto Misto
Chinese Chicken salad at Chinois
Steak Salad at Chaya Venice
Chef Salad at Nate n Als
Cobb Salad at Daily Grill
Those are my favorites, anyway. Not very gourmet, but yummy.
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I don't have a favorite salad, but I just thought it would be hilarious if Adam Richman did a salad challenge. And why not... his heart and colon could probably use the break from all the insanely hot and insanely large meals.
Just to add to the salad conversation, I like the herring salad at Church & State, but haven't been back recently, and I actually wouldn't call it my favorite... it's just the only noticeable one that comes to mind.
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