Poblano-sauce-covered yumminess!

What: The poblano shrimp enchiladas

Where: Salsa’s Restaurant, 69020 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Cathedral City

How much: $20

Contact: 760-321-6612

Why: It’s as good as I can make at home.

The older I get, the more selective I’m getting when it comes to restaurant selections. Unless I am traveling or in a hurry, these days, I generally only want to order things at restaurants I wouldn’t make better myself at home.

This was going through my mind one recent evening when we dined at Salsa’s, the delightful—and often rather busy—Mexican restaurant at Palm Canyon Drive and Date Palm Drive, across from the Agua Caliente Cathedral City. The reason: One of the entrées we ordered was the poblano shrimp enchiladas—a dish I just so happen to make myself at home.

Would Salsa’s version be better than mine? (My version is really excellent, for the record.) Or would we be disappointed by a plate of food that was subpar compared to my recipe?

The verdict? Well, it was a tie. I’d put my poblano sauce slightly ahead of Salsa’s version—mine is creamier, with roasted poblano chunks—while Salsa’s enchiladas were a notch better.

There’s one other advantage Salsa’s version has over mine: I don’t have to work in a hot kitchen for an hour before I can enjoy it.

Salsa’s menu offers plenty of things to enjoy, from Mexican-restaurant standards (tacos, nachos, burritos, fajitas, etc.) to a lot of fresh seafood, including ceviche tostadas and fresh oysters on the half shell. Shrimp, in fact, is a Salsa’s specialty; beyond the expected shrimp enchiladas, tacos, etc., Salsa’s offers 10 different shrimp entrées.

On my next visit to Salsa’s, I’ll probably try the shrimp in pasilla chile and roasted corn sauce ($19). Not only does it sound delicious; it’s something I definitely would not make better myself at home.

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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...