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Caesar Salad

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.

Thanks!

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    twentyoystahs RE: maillard Mar 21, 2011 04:58 AM

    I think Stella's on Washington St in the south end has an excellent Caesar...all the things you describe. Romaine, lemon-y and lightly dressed, good parmesan. Good luck in your search.

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      edgewater RE: twentyoystahs Mar 21, 2011 06:03 AM

      Depending on where you live, this may not be convenient for you but the 111 Chophouse in Worcester has an excellent Caesar. I had one there a week ago. Like you, I hesitate to order them because I am all too often disappointed.

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      Gabatta RE: maillard Mar 21, 2011 06:16 AM

      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).

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        phonelady RE: Gabatta Mar 21, 2011 06:18 AM

        I was just thinking the exact same thing!

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          Boston_Otter RE: Gabatta Apr 6, 2011 10:45 AM

          The Castle Restaurant in Leicester has a tableside Caesar on the dinner menu.

        2. CocoDan RE: maillard Mar 21, 2011 07:53 AM

          Abe & Louis' has a very good Caesar.
          Enjoy,
          CocoDan

          1. hiddenboston RE: maillard Mar 21, 2011 08:11 AM

            A few of my favorites are from Rabia's in the North End, Strip-T's in Watertown, and Vecchia Roma in Newton. The latter might be my favorite, though it's tough to get to from Boston unless you have a car.

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            93 School St, Watertown, MA 02472

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              mrwynter RE: hiddenboston Mar 21, 2011 09:53 AM

              what constitutes a great Caesar Salad..for me good anchovies and a non egg dressing as well as homemade garlicky croutons...I know sort of un Caesar like. What makes 111 Chophouse so great please? Gramma lives there so I can go visit and try that spot. I LOVE Caesar Salads.

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                hiddenboston RE: mrwynter Mar 21, 2011 09:56 AM

                Mainly fresh ingredients, I'd say. And a noticeable--though not too noticeable--anchovy taste in the dressing, as well as high-quality cheese.

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                  RichardinJP RE: mrwynter Apr 6, 2011 03:47 AM

                  Caesar salad without egg in the dressing?

              2. Mike5966 RE: maillard Mar 21, 2011 01:05 PM

                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.

                1. maillard RE: maillard Apr 5, 2011 09:42 PM

                  Thanks so much for all of the recommendations!

                  I actually had a pretty enjoyable salad at Upstairs on the Square the other day. Not quite my ideal, but definitely enjoyable and the egg-in-a-basket that came with it made it a nice light meal. I'll definitely have to try out Stella's and the others as well.

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                    ebaba RE: maillard Apr 6, 2011 06:17 PM

                    Picco's caesar is delicious, I dream about it. The romaine is chopped, but the salad has big shaved pieces of top-quality parmesan, divine croutons, the best garlicky dressing. Best I've ever had.

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                    505 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

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                      Mike5966 RE: ebaba Apr 6, 2011 07:22 PM

                      How many times have you had it? The one time I ordered it, it was way underseasoned...

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                        ebaba RE: Mike5966 Apr 7, 2011 12:16 PM

                        Maybe 10? Most recently last Monday and it definitely wasn't underseasoned. Delicious as usual.

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                          Mike5966 RE: ebaba Apr 7, 2011 02:06 PM

                          Cool, thanks. I am open to trying it again when I'm in the mood and I'm there.

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                            AnjLM RE: Mike5966 Apr 8, 2011 05:03 AM

                            I've had the caesar at Picco more than 20 times, always delicious and has never been underseasonsed. I would definitely recommend giving it another try.

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                      phatchris RE: maillard Apr 7, 2011 02:39 PM

                      Lucca has a nice Caesar.

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                      Lucca Restaurant
                      226 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113

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