What: The Chile Relleno de Camaron
Where: Felipe’s Fine Mexican Food, 400 S. El Cielo Road, Palm Springs
How much: $13.50
Why: It’s creamy, spicy deliciousness.
I do not care for Yelp. The quality of reviews is suspect, and many businesses accuse the website of what amounts to extortion: Yelp’s advertisers get preferential treatment when it comes to highlighting good reviews, and burying the bad ones, according to several lawsuits (which Yelp has disputed). Blech.
Still, Yelp has its useful qualities. I disregard the negative reviews (you never know what motives the reviewers have) but use the positive ones to research oft-raved-about items at unfamiliar restaurants. I also check Yelp on occasion to find out about newly opened restaurants.
In this vein, I must tip my figurative hat to Yelp for letting me know about Felipe’s, which opened around the first of the year in the space that previously housed El Cielo Bakery. Even though I’ve driven past the strip mall that Felipe’s calls home many dozens of times since the first of the year, the restaurant escaped my notice until I stumbled across its Yelp listing. The five-star cumulative rating of Felipe’s caught my eye—as did the frequent raves about the chile rellenos with shrimp.
So off I went to Felipe’s during a recent lunch. While the menu offers a wide variety of intriguing breakfast, lunch and dinner fare, my mind was set on the chile relleno de camaron. I sat at the small bar area during my lunch, and was waited on with care by Felipe himself.
Now I know what all those citizen reviewers are raving about: The dish was fantastic. The perfectly prepared peppers and the ample shrimp were brought together by the creamy chipotle sauce—it was flavorful, with just enough spice. I was tempted to pick up the square plate and lick up every last bit of that sauce.
I didn’t, but I was tempted. If you try this dish, you may be tempted to do so as well.