Annies Cafe & Bar: Farmers’ Market Salad
319 Congress Ave. 472-1844, www.anniescafebar.com.
Annies is our most urban of downtown lunchrooms, its vaulted brick space resounding on weekdays with the chatter of a full house and a line to the door. Lunch is when you order this $7.95 salad, anchored by the roasted, earthen sweetness of roasted red and yellow beets. From that base, the peppered tones of arugula and radish smack a little personality into creamy bites of goat cheese. The horseradish vinaigrette is good, made even better by the $2 option of topping this salad with a seared fillet of salmon rather than chicken. At night, you’ll have to settle for the fried calamari or seared duck salads, although you can’t really call that settling.