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Seattle's Top 5 Cobb Salads

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Some say the original Cobb Salad can be traced to Robert Howard Cobb, the owner of the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant. Some say in was invented in the 30s somewhere in or near Lincoln, Nebraska. Regardless of it's origins, the Cobb is an Omnivores' delight that can be found on many a menu from TGIFriday's to the fanciest of Steakhouses. It has served as a Curb Your Enthusiasm plot devise and is the go-to item for those who think the work of Dr. Atkins biblical. With so many places offering this big salad up, it can be tough to find one that is extra special.

Here are five that play with the standard Cobb model and have made it all their own:

13 Coins (125 Boren Ave N) For $16.99, 13 Coins Classic Cobb Salad should have everything. It does and then some. Theirs is a truly classic take featuring diced turkey and ham, bacon, avocado, blue cheese crumbles, chopped egg and tomatoes layered on a bed of fresh greens with a creamy vinaigrette.

Anthony's Bell Street Diner (2201 Alaskan Way) Anthony's says "Aloha" with their Cobb variation as it is totally Hawaiian. Despite the name, the Hawaiian Cobb doesn't contain Spam or pineapple but fresh mango, shrimp, avocado, tomato, bacon and market greens tossed with fresh basil vinaigrette and blue cheese for $13.95.

Big Fish Grill (13706 NE 175th St, Woodinville)

It's not surprising that you would find a solid Seafood Cobb in Seattle, it is a little surprising you have to go to Woodinville to find the best one. At $18, you at least get what you pay for --the Big Fish Cobb Salad consists of grilled scallops, bay shrimp, grilled salmon, bacon, mushroom, olive, egg, tomato, avocado, blue cheese, balsamic vinaigrette and/or blue cheese dressing.

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Coastal Kitchen (429 15th Ave E)

A favorite for American fare on 15th, Coastal Kitchen does a traditional take with their Coastal Cobb Salad. This almost to-big-to-finish salad consists of greens tossed in vinaigrette and topped with bacon, egg, chicken, avocado, tomato, crumbled blue cheese and croutons for $12.25

Ray's Boathouse (6049 Seaview Avenue NW)

Sometimes you want all the flavor of a Cobb without the giant plate of commitment. Ray's provides it and serves it up on a Columbia City Bakery roll. The Chicken Cobb Sandwich is a juicy chicken breast stacked with Hempler's pepper bacon, avocado, red onion, blue cheese mayonnaise and served with sweet potato fries for $11.95.

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