Those three meatballs were so delicious, we "had" to order three more.

What: The meatballs in marinara

Where: Vicky’s of Santa Fe, 45100 Club Drive, Indian Wells

How much: $11

Contact: 760-345-9770;

Why: These meatballs are, well, meaty.

If you’re a foodie in the Coachella Valley, you have to accept the fact that some of your favorite restaurants are going to be closed for a quarter of the year.

A few weeks ago, I discovered the meatballs in marinara appetizer at Vicky’s of Santa Fe. The Indian Wells hotspot is known for live music (during non-pandemic times), good drinks and excellent steaks, but not necessarily tasty meatballs. While everything we had during our meal was great—from the fantastic ahi tuna stack to a perfectly prepared medium-rare New York strip—it was indeed the meatballs that stole the show.

The marinara sauce is delicious—I could have eaten a bowl of it on its own (hey, don’t judge; I said I COULD have, not that I DID)—but it’s the meatballs themselves that make the appetizer so fantastic. They’re meaty and firm, but not dense, and they’re perfectly seasoned. They were so good that we got a second order of them after we scarfed down the first in record time. In fact, they’re the best meatballs I have had in the Coachella Valley.

If these meatballs sound good to you … well, I have some bad news: Vicky’s of Santa Fe is one of the myriad local restaurants that close during the toasty months. You only have until June 27 to get to Indian Wells for these delicious meatballs; after that, your next opportunity will come on Thursday, Sept. 30, when Vicky’s reopens for “season.”


We understand why the good folks at Vicky’s might want to take the summer off—but that doesn’t mean our taste buds are happy about it.

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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...

One reply on “The Indy Endorsement: The Meatballs in Marinara at Vicky’s of Santa Fe”

  1. Have not yet been to Vicky’s of Santa Fe, therefore haven’t tried their meat balls in marinara sauce, however we will try them sometime soon, and compare them to the like ones from Dario’s of Santa Fe, I am Dario and was born in the City of Santa Fe in the province of Santa Fe in Argentina,

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