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What: The pickled tomatoes

Where: Manhattan in the Desert, 2665 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

How much: Free with your meal

Contact info: 322-3354;

Why: They’re pure pickled perfection.

Manhattan in the Desert regulars know that if you look beneath the surface, you can see that this longtime Palm Springs favorite has gone through some big changes in the last several years, like new owners and staff turnover. Now, there’s even a new breakfast menu (in addition to the classics that Manhattan has always offered), introduced just last month, by Chicago chef David Schy. (Side note: We tried the huevos rancheros off that new menu, and they were pretty gosh darned tasty.)

But as the cliché goes: The more things change, the more things stay the same. (OK, that cliché is not always true, but it is in this case. Bear with us.) And the complimentary pickles at Manhattan, thank goodness, has stayed the same.

The usual pickle plate comes with sauerkraut, two types of pickled cukes and pickled tomatoes. Our recommendation: Ask for extra pickled tomatoes, as they’re the best of the bunch, at least according to our picky palate. We think our love for these pickled tomatoes has to do with the fact that the thick wall flesh on the tomatoes seems to absorb more of the pickling juices and spices. That is, we think. We don’t know for sure. 

What we do know for sure: These pickled tomatoes are fantastic, and are worth the trip to Manhattan in the Desert in and of themselves. 

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Jimmy Boegle

Jimmy Boegle is the founding editor and publisher of the Coachella Valley Independent. He is also the executive editor and publisher of the Reno News & Review in Reno, Nev. A native of Reno, the Dodgers...