Monday, June 17, 2013
As much as I love trying new foods when visiting a new-to-me city or dining in a new-to-me restaurant, there are times when all I want to eat is something relatively familiar. This usually results in me ordering a Caesar Salad. I think it has something to do with combining the illusion of something healthy (i.e. salad, lettuce, etc.) with something decadent and creamy (i.e. Caesar dressing). And anything that comes with chunky, crunchy croutons is a winner in my book.
Of course, this is exactly what I ordered as my first meal in Ithaca, NY when I tagged along on a business trip of Stephen's a few months back. Because it was convenient walk from his meetings, we had lunch at Kilpatrick's Publick House, a restaurant specializing in elevated American and Irish pub fare.
At Kilpatrick's, the Caesar Salad is referred to as the Celtic Caesar ($9), and it's curiously presented in a fried tortilla shell. Should you wish to make the salad a more substantial meal, you can supplement the Romaine lettuce and housemade croutons with a protein. I added Grilled Chicken ($3), but you can also choose Steak ($4) or Cajun Seared Jumbo Shrimp ($6).
The portion size was perfect for me for lunch, even with the addition of the grilled chicken. I loved the caramelized sear on the chicken and how moist it was after being sliced and placed on the top of the salad. Unfortunately, the greens were dressed more than I would have preferred, and I found myself stopping my lettuce consumption relatively early in the meal.
Eating a Caesar Salad isn't quite as enjoyable when you're dealing with soggy lettuce leaves. Should I find myself dining at Kilpatrick's again in the future, I'll probably skip the Celtic Caesar altogether and go after a burger from their extensive burger list. It'll pair better with beer anyway.
Kilpatrick's Publick House
130 East Seneca Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-2632 | Map
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