What: The meatballs in marinara
Where: Vicky’s of Santa Fe, 45100 Club Drive, Indian Wells
How much: $11
Contact: 760-345-9770; www.vickysofsantafe.com
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.