- maillard Mar 20, 2011 07:32 PM
Is there anywhere around that has a really fantastic caesar salad? I like salads that are lightly dressed and ideally have whole leaves of romaine and big pieces of good parmesan, not chopped up lettuce and shreds of cheese. My favorite ever was at Apizza Scholls in Portland, OR. I am reluctant to order them without recommendations, since they seem to often be not at all what I'm looking for. I don't want to make it at home, though, so hopefully someone knows of a good place for this.
I'm pretty sure it doesn't exist currently, however it would be great if one of the area restaurants brought back the tableside caesar. I recently had one at a restaurant in Monterey, CA and enjoyed the experience very much. It brought back some nice memories of caesars past.
I suppose that a simple salad is not worth the equipment, training and potential flack over a coddled egg for most restaurants, however it could be a great signature app which would fit at a place like Locke Ober (if it ever reopens).
The Hillstone (formerly Houston's) Caesar salad is fantastic. Ever since the first time I tried it, theirs has been my benchmark for the dish overall. May not be exactly what the OP is looking for since the leaves are chopped and the parmesan is grated. But I've also had way too many Caesar salads elsewhere that are too creamy, too gloopy, too overdressed, not dressed enough...
This salad is cool, crunchy, has a nice lemony acidity, and a faint, pleasing echo of anchovy. It satisfies every time. For the purists, I do not know if it has coddled egg in it or not... I know what coddled egg looks and tastes like, and I've made it this way at home before, but for some reason I just can't tell with this one. Doesn't really matter to me, though... it just tastes very good.