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The Indy Endorsement

05 Jul 2018
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What: The lamb and beef gyro plate Where: Super Shawarma Mediterranean Grill, 69185 Ramon Road, No. 3, Cathedral City How much: $11.99 Contact: 760-321-1100; Why: The oh-so-pleasing melding of textures and temperatures. Once upon a time, I had a go-to gyro place. Whenever I had a hankering for good gyro, I’d head over there for some delicious food. Alas, this would not last forever. The gyro place is still there; however, I decided I could no longer give the place my business after the owner angrily threw out one of the Independent’s distribution drivers for no reason—after he’d personally…
14 Jun 2018
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What: The tostada especial Where: Mariscoco’s Culiacan, 51683 Harrison (Cesar Chavez) St., Coachella How much: $11.99 Contact: 760-398-5666; Why: The freshness and the impeccable flavor. A while back, a friend told me about the most amazing Mexican seafood place in Coachella. I remembered part of the distinctive name—Mariscoco’s—so when I recently found myself in Coachella during lunch time, I looked the place up. Boy, am I glad I did: The lunch was one of the tastiest meals I have had in months. Seafood, obviously, is the focus at Mariscoco’s, and the restaurant is renowned for its seafood towers. However,…
05 Jun 2018
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What: The huevos rancheros Where: Tacos Gonzalez, 80120 Highway 111, Indio How much: $9.99 Contact: 760-347-6858 Why: It’s delicious, meticulous simplicity. It shouldn’t be difficult to make great yet simple food … but it most definitely is. For example, consider the amazing huevos rancheros at Tacos Gonzalez, a popular hole-in-the-wall Mexican joint in Indio. There is nothing fancy or complicated about the dish: It consists of eggs, and tortillas, and sauce, and salsa, with beans, rice, lettuce and guacamole surrounding it. Simple ingredients all, correct? Well, this leads to a question: If all of this is so simple, why don’t…
17 May 2018
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What: Ice cream (specifically, the cookies and kreem) Where: Kreem, 170 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs How much: $6 for two scoops, as shown Contact: 760-699-8129; Why: It’s revelatory … but your favorite flavor may not always be available. There’s something to be said for mass-produced products. Take, for example, a Snickers bar. If I want a Snickers bar—pretty much any time day or night, and pretty much anywhere in the world—I can get a Snickers bar. It’s that simple. Alas, the same cannot be said for the cookies and kreem ice cream at Kreem. When I made…
10 May 2018
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What: The pizza Italia Where: Spaghetteria Pasta and Pizza, 611 S. Palm Canyon Drive, No. 13, Palm Springs How much: $20.95 for a medium, as shown Contact: 760-322-7647; Why: A bevy of tasty ingredients. I was in the mood for pizza. It had been a long work day—including a meeting with a friend/colleague who had extolled the virtues of the thin-crust pizza at Spaghetteria, the longtime family-owned restaurant in Palm Springs. Therefore, I put two (my hankering for pizza) and two (my friend’s recommendation) together, and called up Spaghetteria for a to-go order. Spaghetteria offers a variety of reasonably…
17 Apr 2018
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What: The avocado fries Where: Grill-a-Burger, 73091 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert How much: $8.95 Contact: 760-346-8170; Why: The rich mix of crunch and creamy. I love avocados. They’re delicious; they’re good for you; and they’re interesting. (For example: Did you know the avocado is technically a berry? Really!) Plus, avocados gave the world guacamole. Enough said. Given my love for avocados, it should come as no surprise that on a recent trip to Grill-a-Burger—the highly regarded and somewhat famous (thank you, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives) Palm Desert restaurant—with friend and colleague Kevin, I simply had to try the…
12 Apr 2018
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What: The Porto crepe Where: Lala’s Waffles Crepes and Shakes, 34041 Date Palm Drive, Suite E, Cathedral City How much: $8.35 Contact: 760-202-3443; Why: It’s a treat you don’t find often. Let’s be honest with ourselves for a moment: What if you heard a new Mexican restaurant was opening near you? Would you be excited—even if you had reason to believe that new Mexican restaurant was going to be really, really good? Probably not—because the Coachella Valley is already home to a wide variety of Mexican joints serving up all sorts of yummy eats. Right? Well … what if…
21 Mar 2018
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What: The chile relleno plate Where: Cardenas Market, 31655 Date Palm Drive, Cathedral City How much: $6.99 Contact: 760-422-1330; Why: It’s a delicious bargain. When we moved here five years ago, the initial plan was to buy a house not too far from the Cathedral City Cardenas. I remember first walking into the huge Mexican-focused supermarket and being utterly wowed by the amazing selection of prepared foods on offer there. However, the sale of that house fell through, and we wound up living in Palm Springs. Therefore, I had little reason to go to Cardenas—and somehow, I forgot about…
14 Mar 2018
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What: The lobster bisque Where: Gelson’s Market, 36101 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage How much: $8.99 Contact: 760-770-0010; Why: Great flavor, fine price. The grocery store located at Bob Hope and Gerald Ford drives has had a turbulent history in recent years. It was a Pavilions; for about 15 minutes (give or take), it was a Haggen; and then it became a Gelson’s. When Gelson’s opened in the space a little more than two years ago, however, the new owners brought with them a different mindset: The people behind the Southern California mini-chain not only wanted to genuinely become…
14 Feb 2018
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What: The Tom Yum Soup Where: Thai House, 246 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs How much: $11.95 Contact: 760-778-1728; Why: It’s a delicious pick-me-up. Whenever I am stuffed up due to a cold or an allergy attack, I go see Nisa—and she helps me feel better. Such was the case one recent workday. I had a crazy sinus headache, and I had a lot of work to do, so I headed to downtown Palm Springs to get some sinus-clearing chicken tom yum soup at Thai House. The aforementioned Nisa is Nisa Hennecke, the owner of Thai House for…