Going mad for Madison’s Caesar salads

It’s the 100th anniversary of the Caesar salad. Let’s eat.

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Caesar salad was invented 100 years ago. | Photo by 608today

In the summer of 1924, in Caesar Cardini’s new restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico, the Caesar salad was invented.

According to his daughter, Rosa, Cardini had run out of some ingredients, so he gathered together some romaine lettuce, olive oil, egg, croutons, Worcestershire sauce, and Parmesan cheese.

Cardini had his chefs mix it together tableside for some razzmatazz.

It’s the 100th anniversary of, arguably, the world’s most famous salad and Madison’s got some good places to get it.

Coopers Tavern, 20 W. Mifflin St.
The Caesar salad includes sweet corn and red pepper salsa.

Forage Kitchen, multiple locations
Sourdough croutons add some complexity to this chicken Caesar.

Ian’s Pizza, multiple locations
Known for pizza, the casual restaurant should also be known for its grilled chicken Caesar.

Mickey’s Tavern, 1524 Williamson St.
Red onion and shaved asiago cheese are added to the mix.

Tempest Oyster Bar, 120 E. Wilson St.
Its salad is elevated with white anchovies.

Toby’s Supper Club, 3717 S. Dutch Mill Rd.
Toby’s salad has black olives, parmesan cheese, and is topped with a seasoned grilled chicken breast.

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