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Best Caesar salad in Chicagoland?
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    Post #1 - May 9th, 2022, 10:11 pm
    Post #1 - May 9th, 2022, 10:11 pm Post #1 - May 9th, 2022, 10:11 pm
    Best and or favorite Caesar salad??
  • Post #2 - May 10th, 2022, 1:56 pm
    Post #2 - May 10th, 2022, 1:56 pm Post #2 - May 10th, 2022, 1:56 pm
    Can't say I've had any really memorable ceasar salads in Chicago, except one...and it's been 10+ years (maybe 15?). My stepdad, who passed away 8 years ago, belonged to the Chicago Yacht Club (and he probably stopped being a member at least 4 or 5 years before he passed).

    They used to make and toss it table side, and that was always a treat. Their all-you-can-eat seafood buffet (I think it was on Wednesdays) was also pretty incredible: clams casino, oysters rockefeller, crab legs, bisque, (I think there was a gumbo)...they even took a shot at Sushi.

    I'm sure I'm forgetting some items, but that was a rare lakeside treat.
  • Post #3 - May 10th, 2022, 8:08 pm
    Post #3 - May 10th, 2022, 8:08 pm Post #3 - May 10th, 2022, 8:08 pm
    I think there's a case to be made for Adorn, the restaurant in the Four Seasons. While not quite deconstructed, it is not a tossed salad; rather, it's a bunch of individual pieces of lettuce, uh, adorned with what I recall being shavings/flecks of anchovy and garlic breadcrumbs--really emphasizes tangy and briny flavors rather than just being an oil slick of wet salad greens.
  • Post #4 - May 11th, 2022, 7:42 pm
    Post #4 - May 11th, 2022, 7:42 pm Post #4 - May 11th, 2022, 7:42 pm
    Lula cafe.

    Why I love it?

    Lemon, crispy, crunchy leaves. Celery. Perfect croutons.
  • Post #5 - May 12th, 2022, 9:38 am
    Post #5 - May 12th, 2022, 9:38 am Post #5 - May 12th, 2022, 9:38 am
    Shaggywillis wrote:Lula cafe.

    [...] Celery.


    Celery has no place in a caesar salad, just as balsamic has no place in a caprese salad. Those ingredients take away from the original intent of the salad.

    David Burke's Primehouse used to have the best table-side caesar preparation in the city. It's been a couple years since I've had a good caesar in the city since most meals are now eaten at home these days.
  • Post #6 - May 12th, 2022, 10:09 am
    Post #6 - May 12th, 2022, 10:09 am Post #6 - May 12th, 2022, 10:09 am
    I am partial to Hugo's Frog Bar no-frills perfect-ratio version with Grana Padano and a (just for me) obscene amount of bartender-cracked black pepper.

    We regularly also pick up a giant catering greenhouse container at Costco which includes lemon wedges and separately bagged croutons for crispness. Add grilled or rotisserie chicken or lemon seitan and baby you got a stew going.

    I probably most often have a Caesar at Buona Beef, including a cost-effective side salad with a generous tub of their house dressing I save for homemade salads, which has an extra sour and sharp cheese dimension, pretty craveable.
  • Post #7 - May 12th, 2022, 10:16 am
    Post #7 - May 12th, 2022, 10:16 am Post #7 - May 12th, 2022, 10:16 am
    lodasi wrote:
    Shaggywillis wrote:Lula cafe.

    [...] Celery.


    Celery has no place in a caesar salad, just as balsamic has no place in a caprese salad. Those ingredients take away from the original intent of the salad.

    David Burke's Primehouse used to have the best table-side caesar preparation in the city. It's been a couple years since I've had a good caesar in the city since most meals are now eaten at home these days.

    When I was discussing this thread with my wife, she also mentioned David Burke's. That was truly a memorable and exceptional take on the caesar.

    I loves me some Lula (and some celery) but I also agree on the celery. Putting it in a caesar is heresy!

    =R=
    Same planet, different world
  • Post #8 - May 12th, 2022, 10:20 am
    Post #8 - May 12th, 2022, 10:20 am Post #8 - May 12th, 2022, 10:20 am
    lodasi wrote:
    Shaggywillis wrote:Lula cafe.

    [...] Celery.


    Celery has no place in a caesar salad, .


    True dat. Venturing into Waldorf territory.

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