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Best Cobb Salad? Where?

wienermobile Nov 20, 2013 05:29 PM

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

  1. JeMange Nov 20, 2013 06:38 PM

    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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      kevin Nov 20, 2013 06:41 PM

      Thai Cobb, i like that though.

      That's one pun that I can get around.

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      jessejames Nov 20, 2013 07:01 PM

      Grill on alley?

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        maudies5 Nov 20, 2013 10:43 PM

        Grill on the Alley.

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        linus Nov 20, 2013 07:17 PM

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

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          ns1 Nov 20, 2013 10:52 PM

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

        2. ipsedixit Nov 20, 2013 07:27 PM

          Nick and Stefs

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            Thor123 Nov 20, 2013 07:28 PM

            Nick & Stef's Cobb is really good.

            1. LA Buckeye Fan Nov 20, 2013 09:20 PM

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

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                wienermobile Nov 21, 2013 09:54 AM

                What does the Polo Lounge charge for their Cobb?

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                  latindancer Nov 21, 2013 10:58 AM

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

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                    ns1 Nov 21, 2013 11:51 AM

                    O_O

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                      kevin Nov 21, 2013 03:50 PM

                      $47.999 to be exact.

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                      wienermobile Nov 21, 2013 01:15 PM

                      Current price is $33. Is it worth it?

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                        LA Buckeye Fan Nov 21, 2013 01:45 PM

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

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                          kevin Nov 21, 2013 03:50 PM

                          How do I get on that expense account ?

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                          maudies5 Nov 21, 2013 01:59 PM

                          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.

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                            LA Buckeye Fan Nov 21, 2013 02:03 PM

                            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.

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                              linus Nov 21, 2013 02:22 PM

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

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                              kevin Nov 21, 2013 03:51 PM

                              Yeah. For baby food.

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                              latindancer Nov 21, 2013 08:11 PM

                              Um…

                              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.

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                                kevin Nov 21, 2013 08:58 PM

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

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                              chowseeker1999 Nov 22, 2013 11:42 AM

                              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.?

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                                Thor123 Nov 22, 2013 11:47 AM

                                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.

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                                  kevin Nov 22, 2013 04:12 PM

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

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

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                                    foodiemahoodie Nov 29, 2013 12:10 AM

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

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                                      kevin Nov 29, 2013 02:25 PM

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

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                                    latindancer Nov 22, 2013 08:54 PM

                                    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.

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                                      Thor123 Nov 22, 2013 09:27 PM

                                      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.

                              2. re: LA Buckeye Fan
                                wienermobile Nov 21, 2013 10:36 AM

                                Jonathan Gold agrees with you….
                                http://www.laweekly.com/bestof/2008/a...

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                                  jessejames Nov 21, 2013 12:02 PM

                                  maize and blue cheese?

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                                    LA Buckeye Fan Nov 21, 2013 01:49 PM

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

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                                      jessejames Nov 21, 2013 01:51 PM

                                      yo buckeye -- go blue.

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                                        LA Buckeye Fan Nov 21, 2013 02:01 PM

                                        You take that back.

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                                          jessejames Nov 21, 2013 02:02 PM

                                          unfortunately I think you'll have the last laugh shortly

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                                            LA Buckeye Fan Nov 21, 2013 02:24 PM

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

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                                            perk Nov 21, 2013 05:20 PM

                                            yes....take that back.

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                                          maudies5 Nov 21, 2013 02:02 PM

                                          I don't recall corn, I do recall beets

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                                        JeMange Nov 21, 2013 03:49 PM

                                        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.

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                                          jessejames Nov 21, 2013 03:52 PM

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

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                                            LA Buckeye Fan Nov 21, 2013 05:40 PM

                                            The cranial exam is extra .

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                                              jessejames Nov 21, 2013 05:42 PM

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

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                                                LA Buckeye Fan Nov 21, 2013 06:12 PM

                                                If Urban is buying, you betcha! Or Brutus.

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                                                  jessejames Nov 21, 2013 06:48 PM

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

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                                                    linus Nov 21, 2013 07:20 PM

                                                    but brutus is an honourable man?

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                                                kevin Nov 21, 2013 08:59 PM

                                                Are you a neuroscientist ?????

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                                                  LA Buckeye Fan Nov 22, 2013 10:36 AM

                                                  No. But I play one on television.

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                                                latindancer Nov 21, 2013 08:13 PM

                                                <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. perk Nov 20, 2013 11:02 PM

                                              Greenblatt's does a very nice Cobb salad.

                                              1. Bob Brooks Nov 21, 2013 12:39 PM

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

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                                                  ilysla Nov 21, 2013 04:01 PM

                                                  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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                                                    kevin Nov 21, 2013 04:05 PM

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

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                                                      ilysla Nov 21, 2013 04:45 PM

                                                      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).

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                                                        kevin Nov 21, 2013 08:31 PM

                                                        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

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                                                          ilysla Nov 22, 2013 11:50 AM

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

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                                                            kevin Nov 22, 2013 04:14 PM

                                                            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. wienermobile Nov 21, 2013 08:50 PM

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

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                                                      aching Nov 26, 2013 02:56 PM

                                                      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.

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                                                        ns1 Nov 26, 2013 03:29 PM

                                                        key words: "my son"

                                                    2. ipsedixit Nov 26, 2013 02:14 PM

                                                      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. wienermobile Nov 26, 2013 03:34 PM

                                                        Has anyone tried the Cobb at Houston or Hillstone?

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                                                          maudies5 Nov 27, 2013 06:11 PM

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

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                                                            wienermobile Nov 27, 2013 07:07 PM

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

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                                                              kevin Nov 27, 2013 09:50 PM

                                                              Probably close to 65 bucks if not more.

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                                                                wienermobile Nov 28, 2013 12:33 AM

                                                                Noooooooooooooooooo! a $65 salad!

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                                                                  SilverlakeGirl Nov 28, 2013 12:41 AM

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

                                                                  http://losangeles.menupages.com/resta...

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                                                                    maudies5 Nov 28, 2013 06:05 PM

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

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                                                                      kevin Nov 28, 2013 09:04 PM

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

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                                                                        Thor123 Nov 28, 2013 11:33 PM

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

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                                                                          kevin Nov 28, 2013 11:55 PM

                                                                          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.

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                                                                            Servorg Nov 29, 2013 07:55 AM

                                                                            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).

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                                                                              ns1 Nov 29, 2013 09:10 AM

                                                                              Joke ???

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                                                                                Thor123 Nov 29, 2013 10:43 AM

                                                                                Correct. Thank you Mr Interpreter.

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                                                                              maudies5 Nov 29, 2013 11:16 AM

                                                                              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.

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                                                                    jessejames Nov 28, 2013 12:35 AM

                                                                    Some Tabasco and I'm down with that m5

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                                                                      jessejames Nov 29, 2013 01:00 PM

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

                                                                      No more turkey please!

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                                                                        kevin Nov 29, 2013 02:26 PM

                                                                        Shunjis is it is.

                                                                        Hope he's open today.

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                                                                          bulavinaka Nov 30, 2013 06:44 AM

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

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                                                                    ZoeZ Dec 1, 2013 12:49 PM

                                                                    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. wienermobile Dec 3, 2013 05:33 PM

                                                                      Nickel Dinner?

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                                                                        LALKER1 Dec 11, 2013 02:06 AM

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

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                                                                          Siata Dec 11, 2013 08:26 AM

                                                                          The Grill on the Alley !

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                                                                            royalsmom2 Dec 11, 2013 01:05 PM

                                                                            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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                                                                              ilysla Dec 11, 2013 02:30 PM

                                                                              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.

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                                                                                kevin Dec 11, 2013 04:11 PM

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

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                                                                              Deep Valley Dec 11, 2013 08:06 PM

                                                                              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.

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                                                                                Miss Mick Dec 18, 2013 11:20 PM

                                                                                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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                                                                                  maudies5 Dec 19, 2013 09:01 AM

                                                                                  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

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                                                                                    kevin Dec 19, 2013 11:07 AM

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

                                                                                2. tenacity Jan 8, 2014 05:08 PM

                                                                                  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.

                                                                                  References:
                                                                                  http://www.laweekly.com/squidink/archives/2013/06/27/eat-this-now-cobb-salad-at-grand-central-markets-valerie

                                                                                  http://la-confidential-magazine.com/d...

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                                                                                    stuartontour Jan 11, 2014 08:39 PM

                                                                                    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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                                                                                      perk Jan 11, 2014 09:06 PM

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

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                                                                                        kevin Jan 11, 2014 10:34 PM

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

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