When: July 16, 2017, 3:10 PM
It’s lunchtime at Storytellers Cafe. I’ve got a main on the way, but I wanted to start with a little something extra. Something to get things moving. Something to test the waters, as it were, of the restaurant.
I’m talking, of course, about a Caesar salad.
Caesars are pretty binary: they’re good or they’re not. Mediocre ones are actually bad. The (occasional) great one will stand out. But it’s a dish that lives and dies on the quality of its ingredients and its dressing.
You can tell a lot about a restaurant from its Caesar.
In this case, Storytellers’ Caesar is … straightforward.
There’s a lot of shredded lettuce. Small-ish croutons. Parmesan scattered throughout the dish. A light, vinegary (as opposed to creamy) dressing. Visually, it’s promising.
I take a bite.
It’s good. Not great, but good. Solid. The dressing isn’t the best I’ve ever had (I prefer a tangier dressing), but that’s a quibble. The ingredients are good. The textures mix. The mouth feel is good. It works. It may not be inspired, but that’s OK. It cleared the bar.
Chris and Elaine both gave it thumbs-up, to boot.