This grilled chicken flatbread is sliced into 10 pieces—perfect for sharing. However, you may not want to share.

What: The grilled chicken flatbread

Where: V Wine Lounge, 600 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs

How much: $15

Contact: 760-668-9665;

Why: It’s a perfect socially distanced patio meal.

V Wine Lounge has become one of my favorite hangouts as the pandemic goes on and on and on and etc.

Why, you ask? Well, the wine selection is great; they make a mean Manhattan (and other cocktails); the kitchen has upgraded the food offerings since V Wine Lounge opened in 2019; and there’s a lovely, spaced-out, heated patio—which is oh-so-important as omicron continues to run amok.

On my last several visits, I’ve kept ordering the same thing to eat, because it’s so darned delicious: the grilled chicken flatbread. The kitchen takes balsamic-glazed grilled chicken and places it on dough with mozzarella, parmesan, diced tomatoes and pesto. It is all then baked to perfection and cut into squares, making it perfect for sharing.

There’s only one problem: You may not want to share.

If the chicken flatbread doesn’t interest you, V Wine Lounge also offers other tasty treats, ranging from hummus to empanadas to salads to charcuterie plates. If it’s Tuesday, you can get three tacos (chicken, beef or vegan) and a margarita for $15, and if it’s Sunday, you can get brunch.

V Wine Lounge is also a fine place to stop in for a glass of wine or a cocktail even if you’re not hungry, with regular entertainment and Wednesday-night karaoke on offer. The place can get busy at times, so it never hurts to call and make a reservation.

Let’s face it: Dining out can be a scary thing during a pandemic. However, thanks to the heated patio, the great fare and fine service, I always have felt comfortable at V Wine Lounge.

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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...