A duo meant for the ages… “Sweet & Tart”

For 50 years, Monical’s has been famous (in part) for our Sweet & Tart Salad Dressing.  Our Guests have learned to use it not just on salad, but also on pizza, breadsticks, sandwiches and just about anything else on the menu.

[youtube=http://youtube.com/watch?v=fGoeVbU5gZY]The original Sweet & Tart recipe dates back many years, and the recipe is not easy to reproduce or duplicate. The slightest variation in the way it’s made can cause changes in color, texture or taste. Because of the incredibly loyal following this dressing has, our Guests or our Management Teams notice changes immediately. It’s then that our Quality Assurance Team must spring into action and work with vendors to find a solution.

We not only purchase the dressing in large quantities for restaurant use, but also sell it (a lot of it) in pint bottles. We recently developed a “light” version with a nearly identical taste profile that is (shameless promotion to follow) for sale online or in our restaurants.

Due to the extreme popularity of our Sweet & Tart Salad Dressing, we know we must do whatever is necessary to monitor and protect the quality and consistency of this product.  Salad dressing may not seem like a big thing to many restaurants, but to us and our Guests, it’s a significant part of what makes Monical’s special.


  1. Jennifer Tohill

    What was the address of the first Monicals in Decatur, Illinois? Hope you can settle a family argument/discussion. Thank you!

    • This took a little research and we do not have an exact answer, but we think it’s going to settle your argument! We do not have the address of our first Decatur location which opened in 1967. It was possibly on Pershing Rd, or right off of Pershing. We then moved to 635 W Pershing in 1978 and that location remained open until 2005! Let us know how it turns out! 😀

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