Monday, October 25, 2004

Chicken Caesar Review: O'Charley's

O'Charley's is yet another festive bar and grill restaurant like T.G.I.Fridays, but one I had never gone to until recently. O'Charley's Classic Caesar Salad is made up of crisp romaine lettuce, grated Parmesan cheese and crunchy croutons tossed with their Caesar dressing. The basic salad is $4.99, but added chicken brings it up to $8.49 total.

The addition of the chicken means an extra $3.50, which seems steep, but I will say that the chicken is easily the best part of the salad (I would have felt more gyped if I had paid 5 bucks for the salad alone). The chicken is tender, juicy and marinated for a full flavor. It was in strips on top of the salad and didn't seem to be a full chicken breast, which is another gripe against the price. The lettuce is nicely chopped and tossed with an oil based dressing that didn't have a lot of flavor. It was almost too watery, and you taste the lettuce far more than the dressing. The cheese is also not very strong and was just kind of there. Finally, the croutons were seemingly store bought and a bit tough, even though they seemed to be soaked in dressing beforehand.

This is a high price for a Chicken Caesar of such middling quality. If you're ever at O'Charley's, then do yourself a favor and get a club sandwich or something.

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