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Map50 N. Pearl St.
Albany, NY
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  • Thing To Happen To Salad

Best of Hudson Valley History

2008 Editors' Pick — Best Thing to Happen to a Salad

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Best of Hudson Valley Winners: 2008
County: Albany
Pick: Editors' Picks
About: Going green was a great idea for Butch Casale, who opened this specialty cafe two years ago. At lunchtime, customers line up for a dazzling variety of fresh salads -- and it's not your typical iceberg-lettuce salad, says Casale, who offers five different greens. Customers can choose from a mind-boggling 50 toppings and mix-ins -- everything from apples to white beans, chicken, cheese, and nuts. The biggest seller is the Cobb salad, Casale says, made with lettuce, marinated chicken, egg, smoked bacon, avocado, tomato, and bleu cheese. Another favorite: the Mexicali with mesclun greens, Cajun chicken, avocados, corn, onions, tomatoes, white beans, green peppers, and cheddar. Add a homemade soup, and you've got a hearty, healthy meal.
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