Plymouth Road Plaza Opens
Obviously, salad is the thing here. So is the customer-directed assembly line popularized by Subway. Customers choose their lettuce base and call out additions, which plastic-gloved workers pull from stainless-steel wells. Or they can choose from preselected combinations, like--grabbing one at random--the Alaskan King: "crab, broccoli, peas, and chow mein noodles ... gently chopped in a bed of spinach and topped with our wasabi dressing." The menu also offers soups and sandwiches (Vlazny's personal favorite is cranberry turkey, because "it tastes like Thanksgiving"). Other than the convection oven used to bake bread, The Big Salad does no cooking; all the food (except the soup) is cold.
Vlazny says its niche is "healthy food," a less stringent category than "health food." If you want, you can load your lettuce with salami, cheese, and even crushed Doritos, as well as antibiotic- and hormone-free chicken.
The Big Salad, 2793 Plymouth Rd. (Plymouth Road Plaza), 222-8300. Mon.-Sat. 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. thebigsalad.net
Starbucks, 2793 Plymouth Rd. (Plymouth Road Plaza). 332-6118 Mon.-Fri. 5:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Sat. 6 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 7 a.m.-10 p.m. starbucks.com