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Old 05-27-2017, 08:44 PM
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Soup or Salad?

When ordering in a typical restaurant, and they ask "Soup or salad?" which do you pick?

Me, I'm going for soup, almost always. Only if the soup is something like clam chowder, or French onion, will I consider a salad.

The weird part is, I enjoy salad as the main entrée, and I have it for lunch fairly often.

And you?
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Old 05-27-2017, 08:51 PM
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Usually soup, but sometimes salad.
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Old 05-27-2017, 09:07 PM
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95% of the time, soup. I don't care what soups are on offer. The only time I may choose salad is if it's really hot out and I'm trying to keep it cool & light.
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Old 05-27-2017, 09:10 PM
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Salad.
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Old 05-27-2017, 09:10 PM
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salad.
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Old 05-27-2017, 09:21 PM
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Soup. unless it's cream-based.
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Old 05-27-2017, 09:36 PM
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Soup. Salad is rabbit food.
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Old 05-27-2017, 10:18 PM
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I like a lot of soups, but not all soups. If the soupe de jour is, say, mulligatawny, I will have a salad.
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Old 05-27-2017, 10:26 PM
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Sometimes, both.
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Old 05-27-2017, 10:34 PM
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Salad, nearly all the time.
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Old 05-27-2017, 10:43 PM
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Soup, unless I know the restaurant has particularly exquisite salads.
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Old 05-27-2017, 10:46 PM
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Soup will be the default. I'll only take salad if I happen to dislike the soups they have on the menu.
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Old 05-27-2017, 10:48 PM
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Soup will be the default. I'll only take salad if I happen to dislike the soups they have on the menu.
If I dislike the soup, I simply abstain from pre-meal appetizers. No sense getting a salad if I know I won't enjoy it.
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Old 05-27-2017, 10:51 PM
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Salad, about 90% of the time.
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Old 05-27-2017, 10:58 PM
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Usually salad.
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Old 05-27-2017, 10:59 PM
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Soup. The salad will be small and ordinary. If the soup is small and ordinary I won't be back.
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Old 05-27-2017, 11:02 PM
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Soup. The salad will be small and ordinary. If the soup is small and ordinary I won't be back.
Ah, but the places I go have salad bars with unlimited trips. There's one just down on the corner from our home, the 24-hour Wailana Coffee House. There, dishes often come with soup or salad -- one bowl of soup or the unlimited salad bar.

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Old 05-28-2017, 07:02 AM
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Depends on the soup, or salad. If the restaurant happens to offer a salad with fruit toppings and a raspberry vinaigrette, I'll go for the salad. If not, then it's usually the soup.
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Old 05-28-2017, 07:22 AM
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Usually salad, unless I know the place has a particularly appealing soup. I'll almost always go for French Onion or New England Clam Chowder.
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Old 05-28-2017, 07:49 AM
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The salad is usually going to be mostly just iceberg, which is completely pointless, so I'll usually go for the soup.

If I know the place makes a decent salad with real greens, then I'll consider either, depending on what I'm in the mood for.

And if the salad option is a full salad bar, then given the choice between the two, I'll usually choose the salad bar... but in such places, I've found, the salad bar will usually also include soup anyway.
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Old 05-28-2017, 12:06 PM
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Usually salad, but it depends on what kind of soup is offered.
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Old 05-28-2017, 12:12 PM
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Why not both?
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Old 05-28-2017, 12:18 PM
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Generally I go with soup in cold weather and salad in hot.
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Old 05-28-2017, 12:23 PM
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Unless the place is known for their soups, I'm going for the salad every time.
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Old 05-28-2017, 12:33 PM
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Salad by default, but I could be won over by a nice soup on occasion.
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Old 05-28-2017, 12:38 PM
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I'll almost always go for French Onion or New England Clam Chowder.
I admire your spirit of adventure; the worst bad soup in the world is a bad New England clam chowder.
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Old 05-28-2017, 03:14 PM
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I admire your spirit of adventure; the worst bad soup in the world is a bad New England clam chowder.
I'll take an indifferent NE clam chowder over the best Rhode Island clam chowder. Bleah. Hot clam juice with a few things in it. Now THAT's bad soup.

I do go for a good "red" clam chowder (aka Manhattan) when it's offered.
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Old 05-28-2017, 03:42 PM
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Salad. Soup invariably ends up spotting the tie.
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Old 05-28-2017, 04:00 PM
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Ah, but the places I go have salad bars with unlimited trips. There's one just down on the corner from our home, the 24-hour Wailana Coffee House. There, dishes often come with soup or salad -- one bowl of soup or the unlimited salad bar.
I detest salad bars. Usually I do, I have seen some nice ones. But even then I feel like the restaurant has tricked me into doing their job for them, just like the self checkout lines. People get paid for making salads and checking out groceries, but if I do it I have to pay them. I can't encourage that kind of thing.
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Old 05-28-2017, 04:05 PM
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I love salad bars myself. Prefer that most of the time over what you get from the kitchen, even if it's a single trip.
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Old 05-28-2017, 04:35 PM
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Ditto. With a salad bar you can customize your grazing and skip all the chef's lawn clippings they try to serve at most places. Beats ordering a salad and spending 5 minutes telling the waitron what not to put on it.
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Old 05-28-2017, 04:38 PM
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Salad. I don't get any at home (I can't keep salad mix around enough) and I really don't like soup at all.
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Old 05-28-2017, 04:41 PM
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Beats ordering a salad and spending 5 minutes telling the waitron what not to put on it.
I'll have the chef salad, but I'd like the dressing on the side...
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Old 05-28-2017, 05:19 PM
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Until restaurants get over their obsession with arugula, I'll have soup.
Salad bars, on the other hand, can be good or not. There, I get to choose what to put in my salad.
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Old 05-28-2017, 06:00 PM
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If I dislike the soup, I simply abstain from pre-meal appetizers. No sense getting a salad if I know I won't enjoy it.
I actually like salads and eat them quite often. I had a salad for lunch today.

But I find that the salads that restaurants offer as a side are usually pretty sad; generally iceberg lettuce, a couple of slices of cucumber, and a slice of tomato.

So the soup's usually a better bet.
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Old 05-28-2017, 07:36 PM
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Why not both?
Because many restaurants offer a choice of soup OR salad.
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Old 05-28-2017, 07:48 PM
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Salad every time. Soup is not food.
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Old 05-28-2017, 08:22 PM
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Both!


No, it really depends on how warm it is outside. If it's cold, I want soup and a garden salad. If it's warm, I want a green salad topped with well-cooked cold fish or chicken or steak.
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Old 05-28-2017, 08:27 PM
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It will almost certainly be one of the two. Variety is good.
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Old 05-28-2017, 08:55 PM
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I'll take an indifferent NE clam chowder over the best Rhode Island clam chowder. Bleah. Hot clam juice with a few things in it. Now THAT's bad soup.

I do go for a good "red" clam chowder (aka Manhattan) when it's offered.
Don't want to derail the thread with a clam chowder discussion, but I always order the local variety when I visit Rhode Island. No milky or tomatoey distraction from the clam broth, salt pork, onions, and loads of clams. If you love clams a lot, this should be the choice.

A lousy New England clam chowder can be stodgy with excess flour, bland with an overabundance of milk and/or potato, and weak from a skimpy cook's hand with the clams, ALL AT THE SAME TIME.

I agree that a good Manhattan clam chowder is a fine alternative, but it rarely shows up on New York menus. And is utterly absent anywhere to the northeast of here.

The urban legend of New Englanders' complaints that tomatoes and clams together in a pot is sacrilege was debunked years ago by food historian John Thorne, who pointed out that Italians started mixing them as soon as the tomato arrived from the New World. Waiter, bring me vongole alla posillipo, with extra bread for dunking.

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Old 05-28-2017, 09:21 PM
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Salad.

Soup is messy to eat in public.
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Old 05-28-2017, 09:24 PM
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I order a salad and ask for Roquefort dressing. If they say, "What?" I go for the soup.
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Old 05-28-2017, 09:27 PM
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Soup is messy to eat in public.
I saw a famous man eating soup.
I say he was lifting a fat broth
Into his mouth with a spoon.
His name was in the newspapers that day
Spelled out in tall black headlines
And thousands of people were talking about him.

When I saw him,
He sat bending his head over a plate
Putting soup in his mouth with a spoon.

-- Carl Sandburg

(I always loved this little poem)
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Old 05-28-2017, 09:30 PM
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Soup, every single time. If it's not good, I'm not ordering anything else.
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Old 05-28-2017, 10:04 PM
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I love salad bars myself. Prefer that most of the time over what you get from the kitchen, even if it's a single trip.
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Ditto. With a salad bar you can customize your grazing and skip all the chef's lawn clippings they try to serve at most places. Beats ordering a salad and spending 5 minutes telling the waitron what not to put on it.
But salad bars rarely have fresh produce. I had a salad with dinner last night at one of my favorite dining places, and it was out of this world. I usually eat salads because they're good for you, but this tasted like everything was just picked hours before. The tomatoes were full of flavor, it had two types of bean pods (string and snap) that were so crispy and sweet. Just wonderful

As for the OP, usually salad. But it depends on the place. There are a few places I eat at that make killer soups, and I'll go for that. But usually soups are a salt fest, and I prefer to not go down that road.
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Old 05-29-2017, 12:15 AM
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Because many restaurants offer a choice of soup OR salad.
As you so clearly indicate in your post there are restaurants that offer both.

In those restaurants I get both.

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Old 05-29-2017, 12:17 AM
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I dislike cream soups, so will order the soup only if a non-cream variety is available. If a cream soup is offered, it will be salad for me.
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Old 05-29-2017, 12:21 AM
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As you so clearly indicate in your post there are restaurants that offer both.

In those restaurants I get both.
Yes, most restaurants offer both, but you usually get a choice of one or the other.

When did the word "or" become confusing?

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Old 05-29-2017, 01:54 AM
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I'm seeing a lot of people answering they'll choose the soup if it's good, otherwise the salad, but not that they'll choose the salad if it's good and otherwise the soup. There's only a handful of restaurant soups I like, if that many. Anything with bean in it, forget it.
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Old 05-29-2017, 10:38 AM
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I admire your spirit of adventure; the worst bad soup in the world is a bad New England clam chowder.
Agreed. I've had some that was vaguely fishy-flavored wallpaper paste. Yergh.
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