Trending on OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Tomato Salad

ht-saladThis time of year is my absolute favorite — and not just because the US Open is going on. Tomatoes are at the peak of their eating in the New York area (and elsewhere, too), and I’ve been indulging every chance I get at restaurants or when strolling through my garden and grabbing ’em off the vine. Perhaps the loveliest way to enjoy tomatoes when they are in their prime is in a simple salad. Panzanella is a personal preference (because, um, croutons!), but you’ll find a wide variety of styles of tomato salad at this time of year and interesting companions (Nectarines!) that bring out the best in each bite of tomato. Find out which are winning rave reviews from OpenTable diners.

Anson, Charleston, South Carolina: “The food was incredible, the atmosphere relaxed, and the service without fault. My husband and I enjoyed the house specialty pimento cheese ‘for the table’ followed by a salad of heirloom tomatoes, arugula, watermelon relish, and buttermilk dressing.”

Cafe Mahjaic-Lotus Inn, Lotus, California: “The fish tacos we had for an appetizer were probably the best I’ve ever had, and the tomato cucumber salad was delightful! ”

Cindy Pawlcyn’s Wood Grill & Wine Bar, St. Helena, California: “The heirloom tomato and melon salad was excellent and clever.”

Della Santina’s Trattoria, Sonoma, California: “It’s a good restaurant in terms of Italian menu options with some variations on California, like the heirloom tomato salad with white anchovies.”

Extra Virgin, Kansas City, Missouri: ” If you like tomatoes, you’ll love the seasonal items on the menu. The Missouri tomato salad with pesto sauce, the panzanella salad, and gazpacho were full of perfectly ripened tomatos. With a side of bread and ricotta cheese, we had a wonderful selection of late summer items to enjoy.”

Gramercy Grill, Vancouver, British Columbia: “My mom had the special tomato and bellini cheese salad and I had the endive with blue cheese salad and citrus dressing. Both were scrumptious.”

Local 121, Providence, Rhode Island: “The food was outstanding. The tomatoes in the heirloom tomato salad melted in your mouth.”

Mayfield Bakery & Cafe, Palo Alto, California: “A must on the menu is the heirloom tomato salad with burrata cheese. I’d go back for that for sure!!!”

* Mon Ami Gabi, Bethesda, Maryland: “This week featured the most fabulous heirloom tomato salad with the tomatoes purchased from the local farmers markets.”

Oak + Almond, Norwalk, Connecticut: “Love the menu and the decor here! Had the heirloom tomato and corn salad with an appetizer of warm nuts to start.”

* Oyster Club, Mystic, Connecticut: “For an appetizer, I chose the tomato and arugula salad with burrata cheese. The creamy cheese alongside farm fresh tomatoes, spicy arugula, and vinaigrette made for a fresh tasting, salad bursting with the flavors of summer.”

Peter Shields Inn, Cape May, New Jersey: “Based on reviews I read on Open Table and other sites, I had to include dinner at the Peter Shields Inn in my plans for Labor Day weekend. I was not disappointed! The appetizers were great – the crab salad and the tomato salad special were so fresh and delicious.”

The Pig, Washington, D.C.: “Adding pickled nectarines to an heirloom tomato salad is genius.”

Restaurant Iris, Memphis, Tennessee: “The service was spectacular; the food was out of this world. Redfish was the best I’ve eaten. Lobster knuckle sandwich, avocado/tomato salad, ravioli as well.”

Robert’s Maine Grill, Kittery, Maine: “The wedge salad was transformed by superb ingredients — especially luscious local tomatoes.”

Splendido, Beaver Creek, Colorado: “I have no idea how many meals we have had in this beautiful room over the years, but they seem to get better and better. A recent dinner for four of us started with an heirloom tomato salad, roasted pork belly, crab cake, and cavatelli. ”

* Waypoint Seafood & Grille, Williamsburg, Virginia: “What a gem! We began with fresh and seasonal heirloom tomato salad with bourbon-infused watermelon, feta cheese, and green goddess dressing.”

* Willow Restaurant, Arlington, Virginia: “I had a great lunch with three friends during the two restaurant week period. Excellent picnic ‘salad’ of tomatoes, watermelon, and roasted corn, in a yummy and mildly southwestern dressing with basil, scallions, and a sour cream-like side — a memorable appetizer singing summer freshness!”

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