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Best Cobb Salad? Where?

My son just loves Cobb Salads. Where should I take him for the best in Los Angeles with the Brown Derby now closed?

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  1. While it's not revelatory, I'd say that the cobb at Alcove on Hillhurst in Los Feliz is pretty solid - served in an oversized bowl with generous portions of crisp bacon and blue cheese. You also might want to try Fred Eric's fusion cobb - he calls it the Thai Cobb (boy, do I hate puns) - at Fred 62 just one blvd over.

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    1. re: JeMange

      Thai Cobb, i like that though.

      That's one pun that I can get around.

      1. olive and thyme, in burbank, has an exceptional cobb salad. deceptively filling, excellent blue cheese.
        kinda pricey, though.

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        1. re: linus

          Right by me, nice. I'll have to check it out.

          1. Nick & Stef's Cobb is really good.

            1. It's been a few years but I use to really like the Cobb at the Polo Lounge

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              1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                What does the Polo Lounge charge for their Cobb?

                1. re: wienermobile

                  If it's the McCarthy salad LA Buckeye's referring to (my favorite) then it's over $30.
                  About $40 with tip.

                      1. re: wienermobile

                        Sorry, that would be a "NO." Not to me. But then again, I was always there on another person's expense account.

                        1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                          How do I get on that expense account ?

                        2. re: wienermobile

                          The big problem with the McCarthy salad is the way it is chopped. Unless one specifies a preference for the salad not being chopped, you will be served a salad which is so finely chopped it can be eaten with a spoon or sipped through a straw. The individual ingredients are all good, but when chopped so fine, the dish looks very much like something which has been run through a food processor. Tastes good but $33.00 is an awful lot of money for a salad which consists of relatively cheap ingredients.

                          1. re: maudies5

                            Certainly not the "best deal." But the best I've had. And I like saving my teeth from all that pesky chewing. :)

                            In all honesty, I prefer chopped salads.

                            1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                              i've never understood the love for the mccarthy salad. that being said, everything tastes better with j.lo at the next table.

                            2. re: wienermobile


                              Let's face it. It's a salad. But, where I sit and who I'm with and the conversation OVER the McCarthy is well worth it :).

                              I like the salad. I also love the BH Hotel and the food that goes with it.
                              So, it's worth it to me.

                              1. re: latindancer

                                Ok. I'm down to hit it up with you one day of you are game.

                            3. re: latindancer

                              latindancer: "If it's the McCarthy salad LA Buckeye's referring to (my favorite) then it's over $30.
                              About $40 with tip."

                              wow! (O_o) seriously?! i have to ask, is this akin to Scarpetta's infamous ~$22 tiny plate of plain Spaghetti?

                              or is this just to show off in L.A.?

                              1. re: chowseeker1999

                                The prices at the Polo Lounge have gone from high to obscene and the portions to miniscule. The patio and service are still great, but to me its no longer even worth a special occasion.

                                1. re: Thor123

                                  Its celebrity pricing as well as pricing for outrageously wealthy tourists.

                                  If you are staying at the hotel, you can probably afford it.

                                  1. re: Thor123

                                    Agree. I go only if someone else is picking up the tab.

                                    1. re: foodiemahoodie

                                      I still have to go to Capo based on your rec at the bar.

                                  2. re: chowseeker1999

                                    I love the hotel and the food at the hotel.

                                    It's charming and quiet and private.
                                    Do I think the price is outrageous? Yes.
                                    As I've stated in my previous post….
                                    Some things are just worth the effort and the expense, for personal reasons.

                                    1. re: latindancer

                                      I love it too. But it's gone overboard on price and portion and IMO the food is not near where it used to be. The venue and service still are. I got married there as did my wife's parents, so we went there a ton. Personally, I am done but I respect Latin and others who feel otherwise.

                                  1. re: jessejames

                                    Sorry, don't 100% recall. Blue cheese, yes. But can't remember corn.

                                        1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                                          unfortunately I think you'll have the last laugh shortly

                                          1. re: jessejames

                                            I will find someone to buy me a celebratory best cobb salad and think of you. :)

                                        2. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                                          I don't recall corn, I do recall beets

                                      1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                                        I'm gonna say something a bit pugnacious here but anyone who pays $33 for a salad (entree size or not) needs to have their head examined.

                                        1. re: JeMange

                                          at lawry's at least you get a side of prime rib, mashed potatoes and other stuff.

                                            1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                                              Maybe when you guys make it back to the rose bowl you'll join your squad there

                                              1. re: jessejames

                                                If Urban is buying, you betcha! Or Brutus.

                                                1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                                                  I think Brutus had a hard time getting a credit card. Not urban

                                                  1. re: jessejames

                                                    but brutus is an honourable man?

                                              2. re: JeMange

                                                <needs to have their head examined>

                                                I've been told that more than a few times for the things I pay an arm and a leg for.
                                                The McCarthy's on that long list.

                                            2. Greenblatt's does a very nice Cobb salad.

                                              1. If you don't mind a coffee shop venue, Walter's in Beverly HIlls does a very good one.

                                                1. Just had the cobb salad at CiCi's Cafe in Tarzana and thought it was pretty tasty. Nicely grilled, warm chicken, a healthy portion. Had olives, though, which was a little weird. About $13.

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                                                  1. re: ilysla

                                                    No sweet pancake or French toast for ya ????????

                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                      Not at 12PM on a weekday! I'll be falling asleep at work by 2PM (which happens anyway, but so much sugar would just make it worse!). ;)

                                                      Does CiCi's have good breakfast food? I've only been twice (for lunch both times).

                                                      1. re: ilysla

                                                        Yeah. I like the food for the masses.

                                                        Think: peach French toasts with fresh whipped cream and sautéed peaches.

                                                        Green tea pancakes with white chocolate chips and mascarpone gree

                                                        1. re: kevin

                                                          Hmmm.... CiCi's isn't close, but I may have to come out one weekend for brunch. Sounds delicious....

                                                          1. re: ilysla

                                                            Yeah, check it out.

                                                            Let me know what you think.

                                                            Though some hounds don't like this style of gussied up brunch dishes.

                                                            Then again I like BeaBea's in Burbank too.

                                                  2. My son really liked Tender Green's version with warm grilled chicken.

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                                                    1. re: wienermobile

                                                      Funny, I had that salad a few days ago and I thought it was really bad. I guess I just don't get Tender Greens.

                                                    2. Semi Sweet Bakery in DTLA.

                                                      Good solid, traditional Cobb. Very good, in fact.

                                                      I do you this favor.

                                                      Go for the Cobb Salad, but stay for the Breakfast Sandwich (served all-day, btw). Then treat yourself to a ding-dong, er, I mean "Ding A Ling" -- preferably the PB one.

                                                      1. Has anyone tried the Cobb at Houston or Hillstone?

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                                                        1. re: wienermobile

                                                          Outstanding Cobb Salad at Ivy At The Shore yesterday.The best Cobb I have ever had. Got mine with lobster instead of turkey.

                                                          1. re: maudies5

                                                            May I ask how much they charge for The Lobster Cobb?

                                                            1. re: wienermobile

                                                              Probably close to 65 bucks if not more.

                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                  Two of the salads that add the lobster option come in at $35.00 each if this menu is current.


                                                                  1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                                                                    My salad with a generous serving of lobster was $35.00.

                                                                    1. re: maudies5

                                                                      you serious ????? That's dirt cheap for The Ivy as a substitution for turkey.

                                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                                        The Ivy has always done a lobster Cobb. You can sub turkey.

                                                                        1. re: Thor123

                                                                          Yeah. But I think what I was getting at was the factor that the price was still relatively cheap for the Ivy. It doesn't seem like there's much of a substitution charge at 35 bucks.

                                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                                            I think Thor was saying that their lobster club is not a "substitution" situation, but rather a straight up regular menu item (now if you want to substitute turkey for the lobster that's a $30 "up charge" taking the price to $65 - and before you ask kevin - that is a JOKE and only a JOKE - just in case you were in doubt).

                                                                              1. re: Servorg

                                                                                Correct. Thank you Mr Interpreter.

                                                                            1. re: Thor123

                                                                              The warm homemade loaves of bread which precede the food are also delicious. That bread and generous serving of butter along with the salad made for a perfect lunch.

                                                                  2. re: maudies5

                                                                    Some Tabasco and I'm down with that m5

                                                                    1. re: maudies5

                                                                      M5 you're right the best Cobb salad has lobster in it!

                                                                      No more turkey please!

                                                                      1. re: jessejames

                                                                        Shunjis is it is.

                                                                        Hope he's open today.

                                                                        1. re: kevin

                                                                          You're on a roll. I gotta have what you're drinking... :-)

                                                                  3. Always seeking a good Cobb because that is high on Mme Zoe's list of favorite lunches - can recommend the Cobb at Norms on Pico in West LA. Big big serving, enough for two, plenty of chicken, bacon, and the rest with a dynamite dressing loaded with Blu Cheese. $8.95 is the price. Glory glory.

                                                                      1. For a fast one if you are at work and in a rush. Surprisingly enough, Trimana has a decent one. Norms is really Good.

                                                                        1. The Grill on the Alley !

                                                                          1. I adore the cobb salad and I was surprised at how fabulous the cobb salad is a California Pizza Kitchen! It has all the bells and whistles. It even comes with freshly roasted beets. I am addicted!

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                                                                            1. re: royalsmom2

                                                                              I hate to admit it b/c it's very un-chowish, but I think the cobb salad at CPK is actually quite respectable. Nothing amazing, but it certainly hits the spot.

                                                                              1. re: ilysla

                                                                                uh-oh, we may have to revoke your houndly street cred. :)

                                                                            2. I don't know if it's the best, but it's difficult to beat the one that Jerry's Deli serves. 2 people sharing it can easily get 2 servings apiece and it's a deli, so, they don't scrimp on the bacon.

                                                                              It's the only thing I eat at Jerry's, as I am not a fan of their menu offerings in any way, shape, or, form, but as a Cobb salad lover, I have to say that this is always my first choice due to portion size, freshness, and, taste.

                                                                              1. I don't know if this is an "official" club salad, but the chopped salad at Dolce Isola, a really under-the-radar place on Robertson Blvd. near the 10 freeway, is just sublime, suffused with the flavors of the bacon and blue cheese...my mouth is watering now just thinking about it.

                                                                                And it sure ain't no $40!

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                                                                                1. re: Miss Mick

                                                                                  Dolce Isola is the commissary for Ivy. Love the food there. Be prepared for paper plates and plastic cutlery. Agree the Cobb Salad is terrific but you won't find lobster as an option

                                                                                  1. re: maudies5

                                                                                    yeah, it's about a fourth the price of the namesake Ivy on Robertson (actually both are on Robertson).

                                                                                2. I've been doing some recent research on this and have not been "on the ground" yet, but here are my candidates: The Farm, Valerie (in Grand Central Market), and the Hotel Bel Aire.



                                                                                  1. I know this will sound weird, but Greenblatt's on Sunset has my favorite Cobb. Thick, high quality bacon, chunks of avocado, chunks of roast chicken and house made blue cheese dressing. I don't think you can ever go wrong with good bacon and avocado.

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                                                                                    1. re: stuartontour

                                                                                      I'm there a lot and order it a lot. I agree. It's very goodl

                                                                                      1. re: perk

                                                                                        I used to love their fresh dark meat turkey sandwich on pumpernickel.