When you go to restaurants in other cities and order a salad, you’re going to get one that has some nutritional value. Chances are you’ll be served romaine or looseleaf – good sources of vitamin C, calcium, iron and copper. In other words, something that’s good for you.
Don’t expect that here.
When you come to Cincinnati, most of the time, you’re going to be served good old iceberg lettuce.
The nutritional value of iceberg lettuce? None. It has high water content. When you order an iceberg salad, you’re basically ordering a bowl of water with ranch dressing on the side.
Sometime back, a friend and I had lunch over at McFadden’s on Seventh Street. It’s not totally upscale but it’s not cheap either. When my friend ordered a salad for lunch, she was expecting something decent and healthy. She almost screamed when her lunch was put down in front of her. You guessed it – iceberg lettuce and at a high price too.
No nutritional value. None. I could feel her pain.
If you want a salad for lunch and want some nutrition to go with it, ask what kind of salad they serve first. There are a few places around that have good salads like Washington Platform and, believe it or not, Madonna’s – which is just a few doors down from McFadden’s. Mullane’s and Poppy’s Deli had great salads, but you know what happened there.
I wonder if not serving iceberg lettuce had anything to do with their closing? You know how strange this city is.
(Photo of iceberg lettuce: gooble.com. No nutritional value. None.)