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Bianchini’s Petaluma location. The regional salad and sandwich chain will open a shop in Santa Rosa soon.

It seems like the Big Salad fad hit the skids about the same time as Rollerblades and Magic Eye pictures — with only the Caesar and Chinese chicken surviving into the new millennium 

The good news: Bianchini’s is bringing ’em back. The gourmet sandwich and salad market lets you craft a salad on the fly with a variety of toppings and dressings done your way. They’ve also got more than a dozen specialty sandwiches and other lunchtime goodies as well as a grab-and-go section.

They’re headed to Santa Rosa (in the former Baja Fresh on Mendocino) in the coming weeks. Their first Sonoma County location has been a popular noontime escape in Petaluma.

In SR, they’ll find plenty of competition from nearby Ike’s Place and Panera Breads as well as neighbors Five Guys and Panda Express, but who can resist a Big Salad?

2240 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.