Best Of 2005

BEST SALAD AS A MEAL: Chopped House Salad, Bonefish Grill

Most people go to Bonefish for a variety of seafood dishes both standard and eclectic, or for its upscale-bar-esque “polished casual” vibe. But one of the best things on the menu — or any Bay area menu, for that matter — is something of a bit player: the Chopped House Salad, a bowl of multicolored greens spruced up with Kalamata olives, pine nuts, hearts of palms and a sharp citrus-herb vinaigrette. It’s not too busy with exotic flavors, offering simplicity while avoiding the mundane. Locations abound throughout the Bay area; www.bonefishgrill.com.