Saturday, October 23, 2004

Chicken Caesar Review: Perkins Restaurant & Bakery

Perkins caters to both the breakfast and lunch crowds in order to give a number of different restaurants a run for their money. They offer their Chicken Caesar, which costs $7.59, in a distinctive fresh-baked bread bowl. This bowl is filled with grilled lemon-peppered chicken breast, romaine lettuce, diced tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, croutons and Caesar dressing.

The most outstanding part of the salad is the lettuce, which is incredibly crunchy and flavorful. It is tossed with an oil-based Caesar that is quite light. The whole salad is light and fresh, in fact, which has the benefit of not sitting heavy in your stomach like some of the creamier ranch Caesar salads. The tomatoes are unusual but nicely chopped and compliment the acidic nature of the dressing. The chicken was cut in long strips and are seasoned reasonably well. Also tossed with the salad is long shreds of Parmesan which are just strong enough in terms of flavor. To compliment this light salad is the heavy bread, which as I said is freshly baked. If nothing else, the bread can be seen as an emergency resource if the salad fails to fill you up sufficiently. One final note is that the cook apparently forgot the croutons to the salad, but I had more than halfway finished before I noticed, so I didn't ask for any.

This is a very distinctive Caesar and, as I said, quite a light one. If you're dieting or just don't feel like getting bloated on food, this salad may be right up your alley.

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