SALADS - LA Dish of the Month (August 2013)
- ipsedixit Aug 1, 2013 02:03 AM
SALADS - LA Dish of the Month (August 2013)
In a bit of a photo finish with Fried Chicken, the dish of the month for Los Angeles for August 2013 is Salads.
Here's a link to the voting thread:
The goal is to collectively try as many versions of salads as possible during the month of August. All iterations of salads are fair game – from the tossed to the composed to the deconstructed. And of course salads with rice and fried chicken should not be overlooked, nor should salads made with ice cream products. And what would life as an LA 'Hound be like without a few good hamburger salads!
So let's start exploring and eating—report back with reviews and photos.
Looking forward to seeing what people find.
Thanks again for participating.
As a matter of fact, I really like the Southern Fried Chicken salad at Barney's Beanery (I go to the Westwood Village location).
It has greens, corn, red onion -- a plethora of veggies and a very healthy portion of southern friend chicken on top. They use breast meat, so there is no bone, just some very juicy fried chicken. I need a protein hit at lunch, so if the meat to salad ratio wasn't strong I wouldn't like the salad.
It's prepared with honey mustard dressing on the side, though I'm sure you could get a different salad dressing.
I used to always get the Southern Fried Chicken club sandwich because I liked the chicken, but found that there was just too much bread involved and I would end up picking the sandwich apart and just eating the chicken and bacon and lettuce. So, I switched to the salad and liked it much better.
So -- there you go -- a rec that doesn't overlook salad with fried chicken.
Or maybe you can get your ice cream and have your salad too with spinach or alfalfa ice cream at Oasis in Highland Park.
The Market Grill (Monrovia)
My lunch today: California Chicken Salad
A huge mound of greens, shredded cheddar cheese (I asked for very easy cheese), 1/2 a sliced avocado, sliced carrots, sliced cucumbers, tomato wedges, deliciously seasoned grilled chicken (it comes cold, but I ask for mine warmed on the grill)... all served with your choice of homemade dressing.
...they also whip up a mean burger salad!
I'd starve during the week, if it wasn't for this place!
re: The Oracle
I have heard about this place for years, but for some reason only got over there a couple of weeks ago. Had the chili cheese dog. They make their own chili and it was very good. Next time, it will have to be a sammy or salad. Their potato salad got 100% better after I added some salt.
not much of salad eater but here are some that i do like:
cook's torta has 4 salad and they are all good...but two of them really stands out for me....
mexican salad: mixed fresh greens, sweet corn salsa, grilled fresh cheese, pepitas, avocado, tostada with cilantro vinaigrette
taco taco salad: mixed fresh greens, steak, black beans, quesso fresco, pico de gallo with creamy vinaigrette
mastro's steakhouse's mastro's house salad
That's the one. It also includes some cheese. If you ask them to omit the garbanzo beans and the salami, you are left with nothing but chopped iceberg. If you ask them to add stuff you like, e.g. turkey, cukes, tomatoes, canned roasted peppers you will may be out another $8.00. Crazy.
the last time i had that salad i had a very generous expense account with which to work.
the salad, to my palate, was so godawful that i never set foot in the place again.
(CANNED garbanzos? cheap, commercial salami? really? to me, it was yuck from beginning to end.
even the quality of the olive oil was meh-- the oil really didn't have much olive flavor.
for all i know it wasn't 100% olive oil at all. i know many others liked it.)
these days alejos in westchester is selling something that looks like the same lousy salad only with the addition of garlicky oil.
I'm CRAZY about the Little Gem and Burrata salad from Rosewood Tavern. Little Gem lettuce, persian cucumbers, red quinoa croutons, lemon-ginger dressing (that's really more lemony than ginger) and a big hunk of burrata on top.It's wonderful, especially with a (few) glasses of Pinot Gris and fried green tomatoes on the side (also with burrata!)
"Simple Salads" at Tender Greens. I like these:
tomato, balsamic vinaigrette
goat cheese, hazelnuts, cabernet vinaigrette
Had some on Thursday.
Enjoyed the following "Big Salads" too:
little gem lettuce, green papaya, thai basil, citrus peanuts, coriander, chili lime vinaigrette
wild arugula, roasted fingerling potatoes, shaved fennel, marinated chickpeas, olives, grilled lemon vinaigrette
red and green butter lettuce, radishes, red and gold beets horseradish vinaigrette
The Market on Holly in Pasadena...almost any of their salads in the deli case - fresh corn, couscous with currants, lemon vinaigrette ...and at the height of the tomato season, the heirloom tomato salad with burrata and herbed olive oil, some cracked pepper and a little sea salt. The spinach/arugala salad w pine nuts, and the lime-cilantro (sans chicken and kinda like Green Street's Arroyo, but less of a mashup) are my favorites.
I had the Roast Beef Tenderloin Salad ($9) at Blue Table (Calabasas location). I was expecting chunks or thick slices of beef, but instead it was very thinly sliced, like you would have on a sandwich, and served with cherry tomatoes, goat cheese, and caramelized onions on a bed of arugula with an "Asian vinaigrette". It was very tasty and satisfying. BTW, I really wanted a sandwich, but I went with a salad in deference to the DOTM!
This is my first report.
I dine out less often than I would like because it is harder to eat lightly when a whole menu beckons.
Then SALAD was proposed for the dish of the month. I remembered the wonderful caviar and butter lettuce salad I had just eaten at Petrossian in West Hollywood and I thought, what a great way to try new restaurants without the calorie commitment of, say ice cream. Or fried chicken (sigh).
With the help of my fitness-oriented daughter, I began a small mission.
We went to Chaya Brasserie for dinner. We split all plates as usual. I ordered one salad of wakame seaweed and mixed lettuces with some cherry tomatoes. Many of the appetizers were pretty salad-like too, so we also ordered the night's special of grilled peach with arugula, burrata and prosciutto, and one from the menu, grilled octopus with tiny tomatoes. I guess salad is partly a state of mind.
The seaweed-lettuce salad tasted good with familiar Japanese flavors. It was a large plate of a fairly uniform salad, so I would suggest sharing. The grilled peach appetizer was delicious. Each ingredient worked with any of the others for delicious and varied eating. The grilled octopus with tiny tomatoes was also pretty tasty.
No fruit salad a la mode on the menu. Too bad!
The whole family dined at Casa Azul in Westwood. We ordered table-side guacamole, which is an excellent salad. The corn chips were not fresh, but my daughter had brought a packet of toasted nori sheets to avoid the fried chips. Guacamole piled on a sheet of nori with a bit of green salsa was surprisingly delicious, with sushi-like crisp seaweed notes. The rest of the meal was pretty good, too. The caesar salad was lightly dressed.
AOC for brunch/lunch. I brought the menu home this time so I could remember the details.
I have never been to AOC before, and I was hungry. Everything on the menu looked good. But firmly we resisted mission creep and ignored the “spanish fried chicken and cornmeal waffle” salad, and the “duck confit hash” salad for more traditional things that the menu actually called salad.
We chose an Indian chopped chicken salad with curried cauliflower, spinach, yogurt, yellow lentil, golden raisins and almonds. Sounds delicious to me.
Our second dish to split was the pork belly sandwich with peach and ricotta salata. We got it with salad instead of the fries, so we were actually still on-mission.
The best thing we ate was definitely the pork belly sandwich. The belly was both crisp and unctuous, and nicely pork-flavored. The ricotta contrasted well with the full-ripe peach. The focaccia was good. We ate the pork belly sandwich first so it wouldn’t cool down. A fresh, spritely arugula salad with slivers of red onion accompanied the sandwich, and it was a perfect match. One of the better side salads I have eaten lately.
The main course Indian chopped salad was less stellar. It was still pretty good, but it had a bitter taste we didn’t like and couldn’t identify that dominated the entire dish. Perhaps there was some uncooked turmeric? Too much fenugreek? I might try a version at home because it still sounds good on the menu.
The wine list and drinks menu were very good, as they also were when we were at Chaya Brasserie. Still no fruit salad a la mode, so we comforted ourselves with a small, dense butterscotch pot de creme dressed with whipped cream.
I clearly can’t keep doing this! So much fun and so little restraint. So let me tell you about the salad that started it all. Petrossian is a small, jewel box of a restaurant in West Hollywood with a well edited and not entirely splurgy menu. Most days Petrossian is surprisingly uncrowded. When we are not in full-on splurge mode, my daughter and I like to split the caviar salad and the hamburger.
The salad consists of butter lettuce dressed with a shallot and creme fraîche salad dressing. It is topped with shaved eggs and enough caviar to give taste to the entire salad. All the ingredients are extremely fresh and the lettuce is delightfully crisp despite a somewhat heavy dressing. The hamburger is first rate, but tends to disappear quickly. The meal would be more sensible if we substituted anything else (salad?) for the french fries. But they are too good to pass up. The wine selection is also very good here.
Can one of you give me some advice? I would really like to find a good tête de veau en persillade, or maybe some pieds de porc farcis, someplace where I can also order a salad. Perhaps a salade de gesiers? I promise to report back on all salads.
Quick lunches this month:
Kale salad with cilantro dressing and shrimp, mango, sweet corn from Esaan Thai in downtown LA (opposite the Central Library).
Chopped Chicken salad from Valerie's at Grand Central Market. (Came with a free chocolate chip cookie!)
Two very noteworthy salads I have recently enjoyed:
Quinoa salad with gorgonzola at Mo-Chica
BBQ chopped salad with tri-tip at Stonefire Grill
we stopped by A.O.C. last night. lovely setting as usual. :> we had:
* melon, figs, prosciutto & mint cream salad: the melons (honeydew and cantaloupe) were very fresh and sweet, but it tasted literally like we were eating individual components, a bit of melon, a bit of prosciutto, a bit of figs. it didn't really feel like a composed salad. but it was tasty.
* spinach & yellow lentils, yogurt, golden raisins, almonds salad: the flavors were fantastic! definitely a bit of a Mediterranean feel; we inhaled this salad quickly. the only downside to this one was it was way too much dressing (but it was delish).
big props to the suckling pig confit with coconut rice. :>
At Chapter One in Santa Ana
Stone fruit salad with fried goat cheese.
Not sure if it is a salad but lightly roasted "OC vegetable basket" of kale, carrots, zucchini, shishito peppers. Delicious.
I had the smoked chicken salad from Bonnie B's Smokin' BBQ in Pasadena yesterday. They take their smoked chicken and shred it (dark & white meat), stir in some mayo and relish then serve it atop greens with cherry tomatoes and sliced cucumber. Very, very good.
My most favorite salad (not a huge salad person) is the Chinese Chicken Salad from Cheesecake Factory. I know it is a chain, but it is just really good. I also like the version at Chin Chin.
I had a nice kale/house salad at Hedgehog on Sunset. The kale salad was the salad of the day and the house salad was Arugula with a lemony dressing that they were willing to mix together for me. Very good - made me feel like I was eating healthy! ;-)
Octopus salad at Girasol in North Hollywood has large chunks of leg meat, grilled to a nice char. Perfectly cooked to be tender but just firm. Served along with long-roasted eggplant and bell peppers with some frisee lettuce to give it a crunch. Viniagrette adds needed acidity to bring this dish together.
Tropicalia in Los Feliz serves a Tropicalia salad with beef that is a common go-to for salad. The beef is grilled and sliced steak and it's served with fresh corn, black beans, tomatoes, lettuce, malagueta peppers and crispy polenta chips, topped with shredded white cheese. It comes with a cilantro dressing that's perfect for the ingredients.
I had the warm roast beet salad at Canyon in Anaheim Hills last night. The salad also had arugula and goat cheese with a dijon vinaigrette. Not bad, but pretty bland. The dressing had almost no flavor at all. The salad would have been much better with a little salt, which they didn't have at the table. I should have asked for some. My dinner companion had a crispy prosciutto and spinach salad with goat cheese and pine nuts that was quite good.
The entrees were okay (burger for me and a filet mignon-stuffed chile relleno for her), but nothing to write home about. I doubt we will return.
Grilled mushroom salad at metro cafe. Three different kinds of mushrooms. Extremely generous portions, very hearty.
I had the Breakfast Salad (a special) at FOOD on Pico yesterday - two sunny-side-up eggs over what was essentially a Cobb salad, without the chicken. I'm a big fan of salads topped with eggs and salads that include bacon, so this one definitely worked for me. I would have preferred the eggs to be poached, but since the yolks were still runny, it was close enough. I also like the vibe at FOOD - it's very energetic.
P.S. Y'all voted for Salad instead of Ice Cream for DOTM, but now you haven't posted in 7 days! What's up?
sounds like a great salad aching. :>
i voted for salad this month, and i've been eating some wonderful salads multiple times a week, but i don't think it belongs on Chowhound perhaps? what i've had are:
* homemade salads with fantastic fresh Organic Greens from Kenter Canyon Farms at the Hollywood Farmers Market. And added some fresh produce from other farm stalls there. for example:
* Kenter Canyon Farms Custom Blend (by me (you can mix and match whatever you want at their farmers market stall)) of Organic Tatsoi, Mesclun, Radicchio Greens with Organic Juliet Plum Tomatoes from Harry's Berries.
* Kenter Canyon Farms Custom Blend of Organic Winter Mix Salad, Kale, Baby Arugula with Pudwill Berry Farms Golden Raspberries or their Black Mission Figs.
and a few other variations (like using Arnett Farms amazing Flavor King Pluots). :> so delicious. but i don't think this counts on the CH board, so i didn't write about it.
Kenter Canyon Farms
Pudwill Berry Farm
all at the Hollywood Farmer's Market:
I had the calamari salad at Craft last week. It was great. The calamari was cooked perfectly and all ingredients work really well together. Apologies for the poor photography.
Had the cajun shrimp salad last week at Chaya Downtown. Really good. They do it at the location on Robertson also.
Mediterranean Salad at Zach's Cafe ...
Such a sad salad. Bland Iceberg, jarred olives, canned artichoke hearts, generic feta.
LAMill in Silverlake listed on the menu as Steak Salad
I asked for the meat to be cooked medium rare and it was perfect and very flavorful. Kimchi remoulade formed the base of the dish and the small steak strips were placed on top.
The chopped salad of romaine, scallions, carrots and bean sprouts were lightly dressed and were the top of the dish.
It appears to be a popular dish and I am definitely going to make the kimchi remoulade for my next barbecue ... so nice with the beef!
I was happy to see that LAMill's menu has improved with more offerings and the confusing 6 or 8 page coffee menu at the front was been replaced.
Steak salad and 2 cappuccinos came to $21.75 before tip. The restaurant, as per usual, was jammed on the weekend.
On another note, I noticed that the old Reservoir spot is no longer olive green,but painted white with dark chocolate trim. It was rumored that MILK was opening but I have still not seen confirmation. Perhaps this is a clue.
At Gjelina - mixed herbs, cucumbers, green tomato with ginger/chile/lime dressing. It's a small salad since the only greens are the herbs (i.e. no lettuce or lettuce-like ingredients added), and the flavors are just so clean and intense. People can smell it from across the communal table.
So SALAD was the LA dish of the month in August!
Trust me, I'm not trying to copy what LA does!! Just trust me on that. No way on God's Great Earth would I do that knowingly. But it's an interesting coincidence.
I just discovered this and your September post where you're also acting in the capacity of LA DOM coordinator.
How long have you been doing this? I'll have to check back further to make sure I don't again duplicate an LA DOM. No way. But you could help out by listing the last several or so, so that I don't have to search, since you're also an SD CH.
Maybe this also explains why you haven't posted on the SD September DOM, which is SALAD.
I have been loving the Winter Ingredient Salad
(roasted cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, squash, mulberry, pomegranate, white bean, horseradish vinaigrette; picture below) at True Food Kitchen in Santa Monica (the same ingredients were in the Autumn Ingredient Salad as well).
I also like the Kale Salad at Rustic Canyon, the Grilled Octopus Salad at Tender Greens (Santa Monica), the Grilled Squid Salad at Lukshon, the Sunfire Salad at Sunny Spot, and have been very pleased with many of the salads at Rosti (Tuscan Cobb, Tri-colore; their herb vinaigrettes are good).
Does a rice salad count? Probably not, but I like the Nam Kao Tod (crispy rice salad) at Night+Market. Is there a puffed rice salad/ dish at Samosa House? I've only seen pictures, but it looks awesome.
One of my all-time favorites is Goi Mit (Vietnamese jackfruit salad), which I get in Little Saigon. Anyone know of a great place for it in LA?
Dirtywextrolives, no, I think it's been there since that location opened... This is at the Santa Monica Tender Greens (201 Arizona Ave, at 2nd St, just off the Promenade) -- is that where you've been going? If it is, try the octopus!!!
Online menu for reference:
There's a raw shrimp salad at Crystal Thai Cambodian Cuisine in Long Beach (still LA county!) that's really really good.
And although it's no longer on the menu (but variations of it occasionally appear), I still think about the Coleman Lettuces Salad (with Hook's Cheddar) I had at Milo and Olive:
And the Market Asparagus Salad (with duck fat mushrooms, quail egg, lemon) I had at Fig:
Both over a year ago.