This taco stand at Indian Canyon Drive and Stevens Road serves up lots of yumminess. Credit: Charles Drabkin

It’s Taco Time!

As summer heats up, I have tacos on my mind. In fact, I like tacos so much that other news outlets have seen my social media posts and started asking me about them!

Taco stands have started to fortunately pop up around Palm Springs. I have found them at Indian Canyon Drive and Stevens Road; at Sunrise Way and Vista Chino, next to the Walgreens; and at Indian Canyon Drive and Racquet Club Road. These trucks generally open in the evenings, around 7 p.m. Also, weekdays at Indian Canyon and Racquet Club from about 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., there is a guy selling tacos de canasta (basket tacos)—pork, potato or bean. (The docuseries Taco Chronicles has an episode dedicated to this fantastic taco.)

If that is not enough tacos for you, Olga’s Tacos recently appeared on my radar with two locations—one at 3700 E. Vista Chino, in Palm Springs, inside the liquor store; and one at 72840 Highway 111, in the Shops at Palm Desert food court. These are seriously delicious tacos and are not to be missed; find Olga’s on social media.

Still, looking for more tacos?! Hoja Blanca, the much-acclaimed food truck, has opened a pop-up brick-and-mortar location inside the Flannery Exchange, at 750 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. When they first opened there, the Hoja Blanca folks focused on plated dishes, but are adding tacos as they get their feet under them; learn more at hojablancaps.com.

Got a hot taco tip? Let me know—because there is always room for tacos!


In Brief

Cross Road Grill has opened at 83103 Avenue 48 in Coachella, and is serving up grilled meats, sandwiches and salads. Owners bill the fare as a tasty mix of American and Mediterranean; crossroadgrill.com. … Coming soon to Indio, with details TBD: Gabino’s Creperie. Crispy crepes appear as if by magic at their window next to Kreme, at 170 E. Palm Canyon Drive, in Palm Springs; watch www.gabinos-creperie.com for updates. … New to Indio: Thai Hot Restaurant, at 81944 Highway 111, features foods from various regions of Thailand, including Isan dishes and an intriguing-looking German pork hock; thaihotrestaurant.com. … Also new to Indio: Valentinos Seafood Bar and Grill, at 83085 Indio Blvd., serving up a mix of breakfast, Mexican food and sushi; www.instagram.com/valentinos.sin. … Now open in Palm Desert, and coming soon to Indio: Nékter Juice Bar, at 73555 Highway 111, and soon at 42250 Jackson St. With 120 locations and 150 more in the works, this chain believes healthy should taste and feel good. The menu includes juices, smoothies, acai bowls, wellness shots and juice cleanses; nekterjuicebar.com. … Monster Shakes has opened a second location next to the Mary Pickford Theatre at 68718 E. Palm Canyon Drive, in Cathedral City, serving Dole soft serve and a variety of ice cream sundaes, smoothies and frozen yogurts—all welcome as our temperatures soar; monstershakesps.com. … The mysterious case of Luchows Palm Springs (4771 E. Palm Canyon Drive, in Palm Springs) continues to cause excitement in the food circles. As you may recall, Dan Gore, the owner of Oscar’s Palm Springs, announced he’d purchased the restaurant back in May; rumor is that Luchows may be reopening for takeout sometime in July. Speaking of Dan Gore, he has another new restaurant in the making: Crème Palm Springs, at 777 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, in the Palm Springs space formally occupied by Blame It on Midnight. Crème promises “to tease and capture your tastebuds and create the excitement and ambiance you’ve been missing.” I can’t imagine Dan is getting much sleep these days; cremepalmsprings.com. … The Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs, at 100 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way, is shaking things up a bit. Chef Ysaac Ramirez, who took the helm last fall, has launched a new breakfast menu at Juniper Table (www.junipertable.com). True to his Southern comfort heritage, he has included a tomato tart, chicken and biscuits, and grits. Juniper Table’s dinner now also includes pizzas, burgers, sandwiches and a Caesar salad that stands out in a town filled with Caesar salads. The Americano cocktail I had one evening was also superb. … Roly China Fusion, at 1107 N. Palm Canyon Drive, in Palm Springs, is bringing back its popular dim sum happy hour menu, from 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; cocktails, selected beer and wine, and a variety of dumplings and small plates are on offer. Learn more at rolychinafusion.com. … Over the last few years, the Cole Hotel (at 2323 N. Palm Canyon Drive, in Palm Springs) has played host to various pop-up restaurants, including Sunny Boy Biscuits, Biscuit and Counter, and Cousins Main Lobster Truck. Now it seems the Cole is the permanent home of Freddie’s Kitchen, helmed by Chef Frederic Pierret, a classically trained French chef from Alsace. The menu includes French classics like steak au poivre; freddieskitchenatthecole.com.

Got a hot tip? Let me know: foodnews@cvindependent.com.

Charles Drabkin

Charles Drabkin is a native of McMinnville, Ore., the heart of the Oregon Wine Country, where the relationship between food and people was instilled in him at an early age. After working his way around...

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