BEST SALAD - 2003
Practically synonymous with towering cakes (such as the famous chocolate caramel turtle cake), Cafe Latté is not necessarily the first place you think of when it comes to salad. So, here's a gentle reminder: wheat berry, broccoli, and cheddar; lemon, basil, and shrimp; caesar with grilled tuna. Always fresh, ever inventive, these salads are tossed to order as you head down the line with your tray, picking up bread and soup or a sandwich on the way. Eat in with a glass of wine or beer in this chatty, big-booth-comfortable place that has redefined the term cafeteria. Don't leave for home without that earthy Dakota bread ("birdseed bread") or a fragrant cardamom loaf. Now that salads, in all their green, crunchy glory, are covered, let's take the cake, too.