500BestSquareDuck Salad, Blue Cheese, Fig-Pecan Vinaigrette @ Cypress

Figs and ducks are a natural combination. When the figs are brought to bear ont he duck as a glaze, that’s as nice as the orange-flavored version, and gratifyingly different. But the magic persists in this salad, whose several flavors orbit your palate until coming together in a wonderful composition of tastes. Warning: although the price is in single digits, it’s more filling than you expect. Doubled up, it wouldn’t be a bad entree.

Cypress. Metairie: 4426 Transcontinental. 504-885-6885.

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