500BestSquareGreek Salad @ Maple Street Cafe

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The immediately apparent difference between this and all the other Greek salads in town is that it’s served in a bowl made by hollowing out a big round French bread load. (If you get the entree Greek salad; there’s also a side version, served conventionally.) My wife and I like this so much that were automatically split one of them on every visit. That’s if I can talk her out of a portion of the salad, which she loves. All the ingredients are here: olives, peperoncini, green onions, feta cheese, a smooth, light Greek dressing, fresh greens. A near-perfect light lunch.

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Maple Street Cafe. Uptown 4: Riverbend, Carrollton & Broadmoor: 7623 Maple. 504-314-9003.

West End: 124 Lake Marina Drive. 504-304-0811. This is among the 500 best dishes in New Orleans area restaurants. Click here for a list of the other 499.

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