Cobb Salad at White Rabbit

Cobb Salad at White Rabbit

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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