Croutons has salads nailed. And sandwiches and soup too, for that matter. Which is good, since that is all they serve.
I live in Bend, and there are a number of places where I have had an excellent meal, only to return for a disappointing second experience. With Croutons, EVERY meal is ALWAYS excellent--you can depend on it. The salads are imaginative with the very freshest ingredients. The sandwiches are hearty, and the soups are varied and wonderful.
I admit, though, that most of the time I get my order to go. The service is wonderful, but the ambiance isn't the greatest, unless you are there in the summer and can eat out on the deck. While the restaurant is sparkling clean and cheery inside, it is crowded and loud--hard to have a conversation without having to shout (and thus adding to the din). How I wish they would install some carpeting and put some booths in to break up the noise.