They are always a favourite of mine: the crispy bits…
The Cobb salad is classic from the 1920s American dining scene. It’s an oldie and the stuff of legends, but it’s still a goodie.
The myth is variable, but it centres on the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant on Wilshire Boulevard (where an episode of I Love Lucy was filmed, including William Holden ordering a Cobb salad).
Restaurant owner Bob Cobb (great handle, eh?) was apparently hungry one late, late night and rifled through the restaurant fridge and cobbled together a salad out of leftovers. It was reputedly lettuce (perhaps frisee or watercress), bacon, avocado, tomato, hard-boiled egg, chicken, onion and Roquefort cheese. As Seinfeld’s Elaine Benes might say, “It’s a big salad.” It made a mark and became a popular and famous dish.
Waterloo’s “spirits house” White Rabbit has a smallish kitchen, but it strives to put out some big flavours. The White Rabbit Cobb salad ($15) can certainly do that. Theirs has smoked turkey, bacon, avocado, iceberg lettuce, cherry tomatoes, hard boiled eggs, blue cheese, corn, chives and house avocado (I don’t know what a house avocado is, but I will take avocado in any fashion).[Image: Disney via Wikimedia Commons]
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