Their cobb salad earned Del Friscos the top spot in our Best of the West salad competition. Chronicle, Raffy Boudjikanian
After several weeks of indulging in burgers, poutine, pizza and other eats of the fatty kind, our intrepid team of taste testers repented this week by going for greens instead.
Three of the area's top salads were tested by our five judges, based on freshness, quality of ingredients, imagination, portion size and "good times," or the overall enjoyment of the eating experience. Each salad was awarded on an individual total of 100 points, and judge scores were then added up to bring it to an overall 500.
In third place, with 427 out of 500 points, came Chop Crazy. The recently opened Fairview Shopping Centre food court was praised for the variety of choice it offers. "Ideal to create your own true salad," said Martin Deslauriers, sales consultant for The Chronicle and <@$p>Cités-Nouvelles<@$p>/.
In second place, with 436 out of 500 points, came Madisons. Though the West Island Market-located restaurant is better-known for its steak, its oriental chicken salad earned kudos for its freshness and dressing. "The dressing compliments both the salad and the chicken," said sales co-ordinator Talia D'Costa.
However, it was the Galeries des Sources-located Del Friscos that took the top spot with 484 out of 500 points. Its prosciutto and melon and cobb salads stood out to many for their originality and quality of ingredients. "An adventure for the palette," said sales manager Lynn Brown-Poole.
Next week (June 24), our judges will decide who in the West Island has the best backyard garden, but we can't pick yours unless you send in a photo. We are also taking suggestions for late-night eats (July 1), community pool (July 8), steak (July 15), pasta dish (July 25), bagels (Aug. 5), breakfast ( Aug. 12), sandwich (Aug. 19), and readers' choice (you pick the topic) (Aug. 26). <@Cp>Chronicle, Raffy Boudjikanian<@$p>