New Orleans Salad @ French Market Restaurant

Price: $11.99

When: November 4, 2017, 7:45 PM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Recommended

We had excellent luck on our last trip to the French Market Restaurant. Two items, two hits: the French Dip and the Cajun-Style Meatloaf, both of which were recommended (and the French Dip was a standout). Tonight, we find ourselves back in New Orleans Square, and feeling hungry. French Market quickly becomes our top pick.

French Market does this grab-a-tray, queue-through-the-restaurant thing. So we line up, and proceed to wind our way past every individual food station.

I get to the salad area. They’re doing some serious fresh mixing in oversized metal bowls. I ask the Friendly Cast Member what she thinks of their salads.

“They’re great,” she assures me.

I go with the New Orleans Salad (my other option was the “Royal Street Chicken Caesar”). The picture on then menu makes it look like a Cobb: romaine, lots of meat and cheese and vegetable bits, heavy dressing. As the Friendly Cast Member mixes my salad, she asks me if I want this and that. Cheese? Egg? Croutons? Tomatoes? That’s yes, yes, yes, and yes.

Finally, she puts it all together, sweeps it onto a plate, and hands it across the counter.

I pay. Forks and napkins are procured. A table is located. And in I go for the inaugural bite.

It’s wonderful.

I feel like my streak of sad salads has, at last, been broken. This is fresh, crispy, varied, delightful. The dressing is a “creole mustard-bacon,” not too heavy, not too tangy. The assemblage of ingredients is does their job. Yes, there’s lettuce (and cheese, egg, croutons, tomatoes), but also potato, bacon, onion and other goodness. The sum is one of those “not a bad bite in the batch” dishes. It’s all happiness, all the time.

An easy recommend. Get this.