After sampling an embarrassing version of the Cobb salad at the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant in Orlando, I’m on a quest to simply find a good Cobb salad.
I had a hankering for a salad, but I didn’t want to go too far from home. I noticed the Capital City Diner had a Cobb salad on the menu, so I went for lunch on a Saturday. The smell of pancakes and syrup in the diner really made it difficult to commit to the salad. But here I am, dedicated to an important quest.
Right away, we can see that they don’t hit all of the elements of the EAT COBB mnemonic (Egg, Avocado, Tomato, Chicken, Onion, Bacon, Blue cheese). At the Capital City Diner, they completely forgo the bacon, onion, and tomato and substitute dried cranberries. It’s a bit of an odd substitution, but I was willing to try it.
I ordered the massive dinner portion for $10.
I was prepared for the presentation not being perfect, but I was disappointed to see overboiled eggs. Surprised, no. Disappointed, yes.
The lettuce was predominantly iceberg, but there was some romaine mixed in there. The blue cheese was relatively flavorless, and the chicken was tasteless and overcooked. The avocado slices were fairly underripe. The cranberries gave this salad some flavor, and if not for this and a couple of splashes of honey mustard dressing, this would have been difficult to finish.
I can’t say it was very good, and I really can’t say that this was even a Cobb salad, so I’m going to have to give it 0 out of 5 on the Bob Cobb Brown Derby scale.