Instead of going to a chain this time around, I visited a local place called Joseph's Italian Restaurant on Baymeadows Road. I had been there several times before and loved their pizzas, but this time I took a crack at their Chicken Caesar. The salad, which cost $7.45, is composed of Romaine salad greens, Caesar dressing, smoked chicken and home made croutons.
You'll notice there is no cheese in the ingredients, which is a pity. There was a shaker of Parmesan at the table, but cheese should be added while the salad is tossed for the full effect. The dressing was surprisingly weak. I like for the dressing to not be strong and overpower everything else, but this dressing was downright watery. The lettuce was fresh and chopped and well tossed with the dressing. The chicken was in many small pieces, which was nice. It also had a very strong smoked flavor, almost to the extent that it tasted like BBQ. It was definitely the dominant flavor of the whole salad. The croutons appeared to be fresh and were in pieces equal in size to the chicken, but not flavored or spiced in any way.
For such an expensive salad, there really should have been more oomph to it. A little cheese could go a long way in this particular salad, and the dressing recipe should definitely be reconsidered.