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Another Goldilocks thread: Can't believe I did this, but I asked for MORE LETTUCE. For a SALAD.

Kris in Beijing Jun 11, 2013 11:47 AM

This is a companion to many of the current Value vs. Size vs. Balance vs. What ~I~ want to Eat threads.

Last night, I happily ordered a
Chicken Cobb Salad--the 1/2 size, dressing on the side [I dislike "salad soup," which seems to be the norm].
In the center-- a Neat row of bacon, the fat still glistening
Symmetrically diced egg white row, with chunks of yolk interspersed
Row of cubes of chilled seasoned chicken, some with just a hint of "this was a roasted chicken" charr
Row of sparse yet aggressive bleu
Row of pretty perky little pyramids of tomato-- each piece had a bit of skin
Outside row of Shredded cheddar [well.. that was nontraditional but okay; cheaper than avocado]

and maybe half a cup of torn lettuce leaves under it all.

About 1/4 of the way in, when the waitress dropped by with my flavoured iced tea refill, I mustered my courage and asked if I could have... some lettuce!
She happily brought me a bowlful-- about 3C loose.

Towards the end, I could have used Another "half refill" of lettuce but I didn't ask.

So -- the "value" was that I got a lot of expensive ingredients, but not enough "balance" in the cheaper ones to make a good salad.

  1. k
    knitone Jun 15, 2013 03:45 PM

    Kris you write good reveiws.

    1. westsidegal Jun 14, 2013 10:51 AM

      restaurants are in a bind here.

      some customers like yourself actually understand and want balance in their food.
      other customers are more focused on the protein:price ratio, the calorie:price ratio, and the meat:price ratio because they use these ratios as measures of "value."

      it's sort of a "damned if you do and damned if you don't" dilemma.

      1. j
        jujuthomas Jun 11, 2013 12:22 PM

        wow, that's weird! sounds like a beautifully arranged salad.. they just forgot the lettuce (?)

        I get the chopped chicken cobb at Panera, usually with dressing on the side, but forgot to ask for that last time. I was quite pleasantly surprised at how nicely dressed the salad was. not soupy, just enough dressing. :)

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