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Aug 20, 2011 09:39 AM

goodbye old friend (Tuscan Salad at 26 Beach)

I've been ordering the Tuscan Salad at 26 Beach for decades.
"Normally" it has been made up of a generous quantity of the following ingredients:
cucumber, tomatoes, onion, asparagus, artichokes, croutons, greek olives, sun dried tomatos and peppers
Last week, green beans were substituted for the asparagus, the artichokes were either completely missing or reduced to undetectable amounts, the sun dried tomatoes also were hardly tastable.
other than the greens, it was mostly a salad of chopped peppers and olives.

I don't plan to order this "new" version ever again.
will start going down the list of my other favorite salads there to see if this is a pattern or if all the recipes have been changed.. . .

26 Beach
3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

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  1. Wow - sounds like a downgrade. Do you think this was maybe a temporary thing (maybe an ordering/supply lapse?) or permanent (cost-cutting)? I don't go here often the always seem to be a place that takes more pride in their offerings...

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    1. re: bulavinaka

      this place has been on and off my "regular rotation" list for so long now that i feel i owe them several more tries before making any assumptions.
      still, losing that particular salad as an option, makes me sad.
      the tuscan salad is one that i used to use regularly as a "cheat" when having large groups of people over to my house for a buffet meal. I'd order 6 servings of it, and those six servings would work as a side salad for 12 people, or if i added some form of protein to it, they would make a lovely luncheon for 6 ladies. . . . .

      1. re: westsidegal

        >>this place has been on and off my "regular rotation" list for so long now that i feel i owe them several more tries before making any assumptions.<<

        I think the key word in this phrase is, "regular," in that YOU are a regular there, and they would probably take notice that you are taking notice. I put you on the top shelf when it comes to eye for quality, and they should as well.

        1. re: bulavinaka

          You should worry, bula - the next time you go in for a "fudge burger" they may start skimping on the fudge... ;-D>

    2. I would give it another try, sometimes in any restaurant, you run out of things and can not get them at the regular market or you have a new employee/salad person. I don't know. I hope you mentioned this to the manager. The manager might not have known and the kitchen was doing what they could without letting the manager or owner know. With the kind of volume that place does and menu size I am surprised stuff like this does not happen more often. ZI once went to The Bucket in Eagle Rock at 11:30 AM and they were out of hamburger meat, I asked the server how that was possible when hamburgers are 90% of their menu, she said they forgot to order any the day before, OMG!

      1. Has the physical menu changed? Online the description shows all the ingredients you mention. There are so many salads with asparagus(at least 6 of the 26 listed salads) that if green beans were a substitution, it should have been noted somewhere.

        As soon as the plate was placed in front of you, did you say anything? Green beans would be a clue that maybe it wasn't the salad you ordered.

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        1. re: Cathy

          As you know, being Burger Boy I do not eat as much salad as I should but when I have had The Ahi Tuna Salad they use snap peas, no replacement for asparagus I agree. Be sure to talk to one of the managers next time. Try the Ahi Tuna Salad, it is one of my favorites.

          1. re: Burger Boy

            usually, when i go there, unless i'm with another food-obsessed person, i don't make a stink.
            "normal" people seem to get irritated by such behavior.
            need to conceal the "food-diva" side of me from "normal" people.
            this is especially true when on a date with a "normal" person. . . . .

            it's just our little chowhound secret, right?

            1. re: westsidegal

              Your salad should have been right or they should have told you they were out of something.

              1. re: Burger Boy

                next salad i'm going to revisit is the one with the goat cheese rounds.

                1. re: westsidegal

                  They have some great sounding new ones, check those out, broaden your salad horizon.....LOL I should talk but I do try new hamburgers!

          2. re: Cathy

            1) the menu didn't note any change
            2) my dining partner was a normal non-food-obsessed person who would have been irritated if i were to make a stink about substitutions like that.

            1. re: westsidegal

              I forget -- how did Jack Nicholson's diatribe go over with his dining companion in Five Easy Pieces? Second date??