Wednesday, July 23, 2003
The Best of South Florida: Best Salads
Tonight, the Best of South Florida is turning over a new leaf. We asked our viewers to find a salad that's more than just a bed of lettuce. And what they tell us is adding croutons doesn't cut it anymore. If you really want something that's mean and green, think big portions with all the fixings.
(WSVN) -- "In the 1920's, the salad craze swept the nation, they were healthy... but left something to be desired."
"During the 1990s the salad movement gained even more momentum... but still a salad was just a salad."
"But in 2003, the salad has gone from shabby to downright classy."
And you'll find something pretty classy at the Best of South Florida.
Our Viewers' Third Pick when it comes to salad - Houstons in Coral Gables.
"It's a unique salad definitely."
A unique salad complemented by very unique dressing.
"I think the main thing is the dressing. The dressing by far makes the salad."
'It's like a peanut tasting dressing. Very delicious."
Delicious and nutritious.
A salad at Houstons is always made with the freshest ingredients.
'We cut the greens twice a day, we go through the produce every morning, and everything's made in the restaurant."
And everything must be exact or else...
"All day the food's being critiqued, food's being sent back if it's not perfect or up to our expectations."
"It's beautiful, exactly, sometimes you don't want to eat it because it looks so good."
Talk about looking good.
When it comes to Our Number Two Pick - bigger is better at the Beverly Hills Cafe in Miami Lakes.
"It's a bottomless pit, I'll never finish it, but I make a good effort."
"It's almost like you can take it home and eat it later, it's big."
That's right, at this place, it's pretty easy being green.
They have salad as far as the eye can see.
"We have over 100 salads on the menu, it's very diversified."
"It blew my mind away, I had to ask the waitress."
But once you figure out what you want, they guarantee it's fast, it's fresh, and it's most definitely delicious.
"I've never seen a place where I can get this kind of salad."
And you won't see a salad like this anywhere but Our Number One Choice - J. Alexanders in Plantation.
"When a salad's dropped in front of somebody, we want it to have wow appeal."
And wow appeal is what you'll get.
This place is proof not all salads are created equally.
"They're the only place I know that has a salad like this, the others are kind of bland."
That's because at J-Alexanders, it's all about what goes into the salad that counts.
"This is a grilled chicken salad and it's delicious, the vinaigrette dressing, the cheese, the olives, just everything they put in it."
"I think it's the hint of the tortilla strips with the little feta cheese in it, just gives it that extra kick."
And best of all, you don't have to feel guilty enjoying it.
"The presentation, the colorfulness of it, the nutrition that it gives to me because i tend to want to watch calories too."
"This would be my number one place to have salads, and I can say that absolutely true... unsolicited... but true."
Next week, we're going to get a bit risqué.
We've counted the votes for the Best Lingerie Store.
Also, we want to know where to get the Best School Supplies.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
201 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables FL, 33134
Beverly Hill's Cafe
7321 Miami Lakes Drive
8550 W. Broward Blvd.