Best of Boston

BEST Salad

2006 BEST Salad

Eastern Standard


Technically, it’s a salad ($11). But the house special here is a dieter’s nightmare and a foodie’s fantasy: Crisp, bitter frisée is balanced with salty bacon, braised sweetbreads, a still-runny golden yolk, and crunchy hazelnuts. read more»

1998 BEST Salad, Caesar, Traditional

The Ritz-Carlton Dining Room


The classic light meal for the lunching-ladies set. Here, it’s prepared tableside in a huge bowl with raw egg, Worcestershire sauce and a flourish. You’ll still have room enough for dessert cookies before leaving the table — ad will be… read more»

1998 BEST Salad, Caesar, Chicken



Okay, so we’re crazy about Caesar salad, but Bill Poirer and friends get that ’90s classic lunch right. Lemony and crisp, dressing ample enough to coat the romaine leaves but not to overwhelm and turn a salad into a fricassee…. read more»

1998 BEST Salad, Chicken

Stephanie’s on Newbury Street


This take on the classic chicken salad is blessedly light on the mayo and heavy on the chicken. Capers and fresh herbs add flavor to the oversize chunks of breast meat—no thighs darken this recipe. The servings are generous enough… read more»

1998 BEST Salad, Tuna

Formaggio Kitchen


Dill tuna at Formaggio Kitchen is simply too good for school lunchboxes. A hint of fresh dill makes this the adult version of kiddie comfort food. With just enough mayo to make it spreadable, this tuna mixture has a clean… read more»

1997 BEST Salad, Chicken

Baker’s Best

Newton Highlands

This delicious salad might well tempt a vegetarian to reconsider. Perfectly diced pieces of chicken are tossed in a light mayonnaise that hints of fresh herbs. The shop is also a good all-purpose pit stop, either for lunch or as… read more»

1992 BEST Salad

Warm tomato salad at Stellina


Everything else at Stellina is great, too, but the warm tomato salad alone is worth the drive. read more»

1984 BEST Salad, House

Grill 23 & Bar


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1980 BEST Salad, Spinach



Very nice, with lots of bacon. We like the chowder, too. read more»

1978 BEST Salad, House

Cafe Cybele


Our food critic called the leafy creations of Cafe Cybele in the South Market Building “tidy little masterpieces”: varied veggies in a sublime vinaigrette bound with egg and cream. read more»