Thursday, March 01, 2007

Chicken Caesar Review: An-Apple-a-Day Deli

The An-Apple-a-Day Deli, like Joseph's Italian Restaurant, is a non-chain Jacksonville eatery that only locals will know about. In the Deli's case, it happens to be the healthiest place amongst all the food court offerings at the Jacksonville Landing. Their Chicken Caesar Salad, priced at $5.99, contains Romain lettuce, shredded Parmesan cheese, croutons, sliced chicken and Caesar dressing.

You can only expect so much from a food court salad (though the recent trip to Saladworks was an exception) and so here I have a untossed salad in a Styrofoam take out container. The lettuce is roughly chopped with no really huge pieces. The cheese is plentiful and tasty, though obviously not fresh. The croutons are your standard out-of-the-box variety, but still good. The chicken is definitely the highlight here with some sort of mesquite-flavored marinate. It's not fresh off the grill, but it is juicy and flavorful. Finally is the dressing, served in a separate container, which is a Caesar/Ranch blend and tangy enough to compliment the chicken.

As I said before, this is the only really healthy place at the Landing (which is close to where I work) and the optimum place to go for those watching their weight. Though the Chicken Caesar is not of sit-down restaurant quality and is not as light as other salads, it would be a refreshing change of pace for anyone who wants to avoid the warmed-over fare elsewhere in the food court.

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