One of the nice side effects of all the Super Bowl hoopla was the opening of new businesses downtown in an effort to revitalize the area. One of these was the eclectic Burrito Gallery, conveniently located right across the street from my library. Their Chicken Caesar, which costs $6.95, includes romaine hearts, blackened chicken breast, regiano cheese and chipolte caesar dressing.
Two things struck me as I dug into this Caesar. First, this is a very basic, low carb salad, without any croutons or bread. Second, the quality that makes this salad distinctive is the chipolte, which is a jalapeno pepper that has been smoked. While the chicken breast is juicy and the lettuce fresh, it is the peppery taste that is the dominant flavor. In fact, it completely drowns out the tastes of the shredded cheese. This is not to berate the salad, mind you, but is a warning for those that might not want such a spicy dish.
Nobody is going to say that this salad is boring, but it is also not what most people would see as a traditional Chicken Caesar salad. Indulge in this one only if you're looking for something new.