Legend has it the Cobb salad was invented in the 1930s at the Brown Derby Restaurant in Hollywood, when owner Bob Cobb used up leftovers late at night. The classic version features chopped greens topped with chopped tomato, chicken breast, bacon, Roquefort cheese, hard-boiled egg and avocado, all arranged in decorative strips. Here are four modern versions.
A Mexican Cobb salad, offered at lunch only, features juicy grilled chicken, bacon, avocado, eggs, tomato, apples and Maytag blue cheese. It all works well with the chipotle lime vinaigrette. ($13)
RED ROBIN GOURMET BURGERS, 125 Old Country Rd., Carle Place, 516-248-3700
Named the "avo-cobb-o," the Cobb at this burger chain is nicely done and features artfully arranged grilled chicken breast, bacon, Blue cheese, hard-boiled eggs, black olives, tomato and avocado. ($10.89)
JACKSON'S, 6005 Jericho Tpke., Commack, 631-462-0822
You choose a protein (at an additional cost) for this tossed Cobb made with bacon, eggs, tomato, avocado, Cheddar and Gorgonzola, plus a choice of dressing. ($12; additional $4 for grilled chicken or barbecued pulled pork).
At lunch, the burger joint offers a chopped Brown Derby Cobb salad; a bright, fresh toss of lettuce, juicy grilled chicken, bacon, tomatoes, avocado, hard-boiled egg and blue cheese.