Columbia Restaurant was founded in 1905 in Ybor City, Tampa, Florida. Today it is the oldest restaurant in Florida and the largest Spanish restaurant in the world.
(The Cafe dining room. The original restaurant and one of 15 dining rooms at the Ybor City location.)
They have several locations including St. Augustine, Sarasota, St. Pete, and Clearwater Beach.
(St. Augustine location.)
They are known for, of course, the Columbia "1905" salad, their white sangria made table side, and an amazing arroz con pollo (chicken and rice). If you ever visit Florida, take the time and pay this place a visit. Not only is the food good, the locations are gorgeous. On a fun side note, my kitty cat Toast does not like it when we leave for more than an afternoon, so we had a noisy companion while making the salad.
Now on to the food!
4 c. iceberg lettuce, chopped
1 tomato, cut into eighths
1/2 c. ham, julienne 2" by 1/8" pieces
1/2 c. baby swiss cheese, julienne 2" by 1/8" pieces
1/2 c. pimiento-stuffed green Spanish olives
1/2 c. Romano cheese, grated
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire
juice from 1 lemon
1/2 c. extra virgin Spanish olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp. dried oregano
1/8 c. white wine vinegar
salt and pepper
1. Combine lettuce, tomato, ham, swiss cheese, and olives.
2. Combine vinegar, garlic, oregano, and worcestershire.
3. Stir in olive oil, beating to until fully mixed.
4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
5. Add lemon juice.
6. Add dressing and Romano cheese to salad.
7. Toss well until everything is coated.
8. Stuff face!
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