Monday, January 28, 2008

Foodstuffs
Make Your Own Salad

Margaret: Well, it's the moment of truth. It's all on the line, this is the place, this is the time...yeah, anyway. So FINALLY, its make your own salad day at Foodstuffs. I've done some complaining about FS, but they do have a lot of salad fixins! Alot. So, mine consisted of lettuce, carrot, broccoli, garbanzo beans, egg, green pepper, onion...I think that's it, with of course, the peppercorn ranch dressing. And you know what? It was good! Hell yes it was, because you know who made the effer! I got my salad dressing on the side and I'm glad that I did, I didn't like their peppercorn ranch, it was too ... vinegary or something. So yeah, it was a good salad. It still wasn't a GREAT salad and its because their produce just feels 30% dumbed down. The broccoli tastes like hints of broccoli, the onion was hint of onion...the only thing that tasted strongly was the yucky peppercorn ranch. So, I'm going to give it a B. Even though it was my own salad, that I made, I still didn't think it was all that great. Peppercorn ranch, whatever.

John: No line on our last FoodStuffs/SaladDaze visit. Of course. All signs point to this being the best salad they have to offer. Right? Well it was. Baby greens, goat cheese, mushrooms, red onion, tom, bacon, carrots, sunflower seeds and croutons all in pretty good proportion. The "make your own" really is the only salad to get at this joint. It takes the same amount of time as a "standard" menu item and costs the same (minus a meat up-charge) too. I gobbled this one down in like 6 minutes. The only bummer for the me was the lack of 1000 Island dressing. WTF? When did 1000 Island drop out of the top 10 dressings? I'll tell ya. When Ranch stuck its buttermilky nose in our business. Anybody remember the 70's when Ranch was just called "house dressing" and we were cool with the mystery of the whole thing? Before it became the go-to sauce for every whitebread fatty out there? Those were the glory days of the salad bar. 1000 Island and French ruled side by side with a benevolent hand. Oh 1000 Island you are so much more than "special sauce" or "that orange stuff that comes on a Reuben" - you are an institution. Hold all 1k of your heads high. What was I talking about? Oh yeah, B++ for the "make your own" at FoodStuffs, which has gone B.Y.O.1000.