In August, author Michael Ruhlman posted about his campaign against the chicken Caesar salad, stating:
“I find the chicken Caesar salad to be a metaphor for the mediocrity of American cuisine.”
Ruhlman further rails:
“The Chicken Caesar exists because everything else about American cuisine at the major chain restaurants is of relentlessly dubious quality. Greens are greens, and chicken breast doesnâ€™t taste like anything anyway, and Iâ€™ll lay odds that the dressing you get at Ruby Tuesdays, TGIFâ€™s, Cheesecake Factory, Applebyâ€™sâ€”fill in the blankâ€”comes out of the same jug. But the point is, we donâ€™t care really what it tastes like, only that it tastes like the last one we had, that itâ€™s consistent.”
In August, Ruhlman proposed a replacement: the Chicken Fried Pork Belly Caesar. Last week, Ruhlman posted an update to announce that Mark Mavrantonis, the chef at Mike Ditka’s restaurant outside Chicago has decided to start serving a version of the salad:
“If you accept the premise that the chicken Caesar salad is the most boring dish on earth (and I do), then the ‘chicken fried pork’ is definitely a step up — if not in nutrition, then definitely in style.”
Ruhlman, despite getting the dish on a menu in less then a month, isn’t claiming victory yet, declaring:
“This is just the beginning of the battle to end the chicken Caesar salad. We will fight one diner at a time.”
Fight on Ruhlman, fight on.
If any So Good readers are in the Chicago area, stop in to Ditka’s and report back on how it was.