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May 1, 2011 02:09 PM

Best Ceasar Salad in Austin?

Hi guys,

I did a search and it turned up surprisingly nothing on where to find the best Ceasar Salad in Austin. Where have you had some memorable Ceasar's before in and around the Austin area?


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  1. II would like answer to this post also.

    1. I used to love the one at Eddie V's, but I haven't been there since they did the bait and switch on happy hour appetizers.

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      1. re: amysuehere

        bait and switch on HH apps? do tell.
        i used to love their HH food (their drinks suck), but haven't been in ages.

        that being said, south congress cafe and z'tejas usually have a reliable and slightly south westerny take on a caesar.
        z'tejas has house-made fry bed croutons.
        scc has gorgonzola grit croutons, almost like a polenta.
        both places make their own dressings.

        1. re: dinaofdoom

          At first, they offered quite of few of their apps @ 1/2 price for happy hour. Hubs and I would get a salad and split it, then each get an app. Drinks were never cheap there, but were made well and the place is close to the house. They began taking things off the happy hour menu and before long it felt like you were in the carnival prize scene of "The Jerk". The last time we went, our fairly expensive happy hour (usually about 35ish dollars) was up to $60+. At that point we decided it wasn't so "happy" anymore and haven't been back. It's a pity, because we'd go at least a couple of times a month.

          1. re: amysuehere

            that's exactly why i liked it--
            we would get a big thing of oysters and some apps and keep it under $40.
            after the first few drinks filled with ice and barely any booze, we started skipping that part.
            we were going to the arboretum one; not sure if you were, either.

            i have not been yet, but my co-worker raves about the HH at roaring forks, which is owned by the same people.

            aaaaand, to stay on topic: years ago, manuel's had a tasty caesar, but their menu doesn't know it now.

            1. re: dinaofdoom

              I'm imbarrassed to say this, but...

              It's not authentic in any way and is completely "white trash cesar," but I really like the one at Texas L&C. (she bows her head in shame and guilt)

              1. re: amysuehere

                No shame there. I really like the Caesar salad at Carrabbas. Some franchises do have good things on the menu.

                EDIT: Oops, I meant to reply to amysue's post.

              2. re: dinaofdoom

       of the bland. That's us. You can't beat the atmosphere this time of year at RF, true-true. I was unimpressed by what we got the one time we went, but am willing to give it another go if this nice weather holds.

                1. re: amysuehere

                  the lamb fondue pot and green chile pork are allegedly the things to get on the HH menu.

                  they also mention a caesar with chile pecan croutons, which sounds intriguing.

                  1. re: dinaofdoom

                    That Caesar Salad is very good, as is the green chile pork and the flatbread appetizer. The Roaring Fork downtown has fantastic beef jerky on occasion.

        2. Evangeline's on Brodie between Wm Cannon and Slaughter has a good ceasar, imo.