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Mar 8, 2011 09:47 AM

Best Take-out Places for a "Big Salad" (Dinner)?

A bit of an unusual request, but my wife and I sorely miss the "Big Salads" available back home in New York City's diners (Sunflower Diner on 26th/3rd was a definite fav). A nice Cobb salad, in a huge portion size, with toasted pita. Available for delivery after 9:30pm...

However, in SF, we are having trouble finding places to take-out for a healthy dinner meal! For lunch, there's Mixt Greens, but they're closed after 3pm. Forget the delivery and forget the 9.30pm -- we're willing to drive, and show up at 7.30 for a nice Cobb and some toasted pita.

Does anyone know of diners, restaurants, etc. in SF that can offer a "Big Salad" ( for takeout?

Obviously others in the area must feel a similar pain. Hoping to drum up some ideas!

Thanks in advance,

Mixt Greens
114 Sansome St Ste 120, San Francisco, CA 94104

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  1. Thanks for posting this request, I'm curious myself to see responses. The best Cobb salad I've found in SF is at Chow, but it's not a Big Salad (especially for $12.95). But the ingredients are great (fresh, tender chicken) and I love their house dressing. For big salads, I often stop at Crepevine (salads are the only thing I like there). Particularly the Bangkok and the Cancun. These are truly Big Salads, and I'm never disappointed with the freshness of the ingredients.

    I'd love a Mixt Greens-type option for dinner, but I don't know where or if this exists. Pluto's in the Marina, maybe?

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    1. re: Frosty Melon

      I had a similar (Berkeley-area) post probably a couple years ago. The Barney's salads aren't bad (but not worth going out of your way). The one that I like the best is the Tostada Salad w/Carnitas at Talavera on Solano. (Note - NOT the taco salad). Can't help you out in SF, but I suffer from the same issue over here. (In fact, I made "big salad" dinner last night, and "big salad" lunch today, both at home, because the take out options are limited.)

      1. re: lmnopm

        For East Bayers, my favorite type of Big Salad is from Cactus Taqueria (I go to the College Ave location, but the one in Solano is good too). Their regular house salad or their caesar are both good, and you can get them with chicken, avocado, shrimp, and I think carne asada if you ask nicely. Their greens are excellent, and I love both of their salad dressings (and have tried to recreate both at home with no luck, I would buy bottles of both of those dressings).

        Cactus Taqueria
        5642 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

        1. re: JasmineG

          In the East Bay I personally LOVE the tostada salad at Picante -- huge! Tasty!

          1328 6th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

          1. re: JasmineG

            I had the Cactus Taqueria "Casa" salad with grilled chicken today.

            It was really.... really bad!

            2 on a 10 scale.

            I only ate 20% of it and I was hungry.


            Plus it took them 20 minutes to make the horrible mess?

            The tostada salad looked much better.

            Cactus Taqueria
            5642 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

      2. Just how big is big? A standard clam shell carry away box? Bigger?

        1. Whole Foods is a good option. Between the salad bars and prepacks, you'll find a lot of decent salads. Potrero and the SOMA branches especially. Just go easy on the heavy items.

          Cafe Gratitude has very good salads. I also like the huge salads at Ti Couz. I've had good salads recently at Radius Cafe and Darwin Cafe; not sure if they're available late in the day.

          Too bad Einstein's is gone. Their giant salads were very similar to Cafe Intermezzo in Berkeley.
          Holy Land in Berkeley has a 5 or 7 salad combo of Middle Eastern salads that is great.

          I would start with Middle Eastern restaurants rather than San Francisco's dreadful "American" diners.

          Cafe Intermezzo
          2442 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

          Whole Foods Market
          399 4th St, San Francisco, CA

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          1. re: Windy

            I'll vouch for the SOMA branch of WF - their salad bar really outdoes their fellow WF compatriots, and often to great degrees (like the one closest to me at home in Napa.)

            1. re: Windy

              This thread makes me miss Einstein's all over again. They were a non-profit salad and sandwich place started by the owners of Cafe Intermezzo.


              Cafe Intermezzo
              2442 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

              1. re: Windy

                I agree that Whole Foods is probably the best option.

                For a salad that others prepare for you, Pluto's is good.

                There are lots of places that have Cobb salad - not sure of one with a good toasted pita.

                1. Sprout Cafe in Palo Alto specializes exclusively in big salads of infinite combinations:


                  I believe there might also be a Pluto's in SF itself:


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                  1. re: mikeh

                    Yes, there's a Pluto's in the Marina off Chestnut. Healthy if generic salads, made to order, well priced.

                    1. re: mikeh

                      I like Pluto's I think there is one in the Marina.

                      Max's Cafe has decent salads - I think they are pretty big. I've only had them for lunch though.
                      Its seems mostly chains have these...or neighborhood cafes.

                      California Pizza Kitchen is another place. In fact pizza places in general often seem to have salad options.

                      Cheesecake Factory.... Max's is starting to sound good.....