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The Indy Endorsement

16 May 2013
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What: The Hot Mess Where: The Sandwich Spot, 240 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs How much: $8.99 Contact: 778-7900; thesandwichspotps.com Why: The wheat bread puts it over the top. “So, what’s the best sandwich here?” I asked the friendly gentleman behind the counter. He started pointing out different menu items. Then he added: “Well, there’s also our secret menu …” Alrightie then. Tell me more about that. He mentioned a sandwich called “the Hot Mess.” His description to me hewed pretty closely to the description in a post on the Sandwich Spot’s Facebook page, which reads: “A former employee…
02 May 2013
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What: The salsa (with chips, of course) Where: Rincon Norteño, 83011 Indio Blvd., Indio How much: Free with your meal Contact: 760-347-4754; www.rinconnorteno.com Why: Because it’s hot—and we ain’t talking about the spice. It’s a Tuesday afternoon, well past my usual lunch time. Due to various meetings in Indio, I have not yet had a chance to eat, and I am freaking hungry. I wander in to Rincon Norteño, and for some reason, the waitress who seats me thinks I am ordering to-go. When she comes to take my order, and I tell her that I am actually dining at…
25 Apr 2013
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What: The Bavarian meatloaf dip Where: Pinocchio in the Desert, 134 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs How much: $9.95 Contact: 760-322-3776; www.pinocchiops.com Why: Because it’s different. Pinocchio in the Desert is one of the valley’s most popular breakfast/brunch/lunch joints for many reasons, not the least of which is, frankly, the booze: Bottomless champagne for $3.95? Well drinks and martinis for $2.50? Before mid-afternoon?! Hell yeah. Hey, the food’s pretty good, too. Among the standard-ish omelets and benedicts and sandwiches, you’ll find some creative, different gems, and we encourage you to find one in particular: the Bavarian meatloaf dip. This…
16 Apr 2013
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What: The bacon, tomato, fontina and basil panino Where: Clementine Gourmet Marketplace and Café, 72990 El Paseo, Palm Desert How much: $10 Contact info: 760-834-8814; www.clementineshop.com Why: The pickles brighten things up nicely. For the first couple of bites, it was simply a sandwich—a tasty sandwich made with great ingredients, yes, but still just a sandwich—that was pricey and on the small side. And what was on the plate alongside said sandwich, frankly, wasn’t looking too great. The potato chips were unremarkable, and the vegetables, as you can see above, looked … well, past their prime, to say the least.…
03 Apr 2013
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What: The Black Cherry Manhattan Where: Jake’s Palm Springs, 664 N. Palm Canyon Drive How much: $14 Contact info: 327-4400; www.jakespalmsprings.com Why: It’s really freaking yummy. Let’s start off with the negative stuff: The Black Cherry Manhattan is overpriced. There’s no good reason for a drink to cost $14 when one can get a 750-milliliter bottle of the starring liquor for less than $20. Period. OK, maybe there’s one reason: The Black Cherry Manhattan is delicious. The aforementioned starring liquor is Jim Beam Red Stag, a black-cherry flavored bourbon. Now, before all you bourbon purists out there start freaking out…
11 Mar 2013
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What: The farro calamari salad Where: Workshop Kitchen + Bar, 800 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs How much: $13 Contact info: 459-3451; workshoppalmsprings.com Why: The variety of textures and flavors. There are a lot of attention-grabbing items on Workshop Kitchen + Bar’s winter menu. A scallops dish with squid-ink risotto. Wood-charred Brussels sprouts. (An aside: Did Brussels sprouts become ubiquitous overnight, or what?) And the star of the show, the 30-ounce grass-fed rib eye, which is prepared sous vide before being grilled. (We endorse this steak, too, by the way, as long as there are at least four people…
04 Mar 2013
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What: The lunch buffet Where: Monsoon Indian Cuisine, 555 S. Sunrise Way, No. 107 How much: $8.99 Monday through Friday; $10.99 Saturday and Sunday Contact info: 325-2700; www.monsoonindianrestaurant.com Why: The variety of delicious flavors. Buffets get a bad rap—and there are indeed bad buffets out there, featuring drying, congealing entrées dying a nasty death on steam tables, plus wilting lettuce and nasty sugar-bomb desserts. I implore you: Don’t go to buffets like that, no matter how hungry you are. You can do better. Instead, head to Monsoon Indian Cuisine. Every weekday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and every weekend…
22 Feb 2013
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What: The ramen with pork belly Where: Jiao, 515 N. Palm Canyon Drive, No. B-10, Palm Springs How much: A downright reasonable $10 Contact info: 321-1424; www.jiaops.com Why: The flavors are a perfect mix. It was an in-season Friday night, and we were wandering around the north part of downtown Palm Springs. We had no reservations anywhere—and as hunger started to set in, that lack of reservations became a problem. There was an hour wait at Jake's. Double that at Birba. So we crossed Palm Canyon Drive and decided to check out Jiao. We're very happy that we did. Jiao…
17 Feb 2013
What: Chicken stroganoff Where: Picanha Churrascaria, 68510 Highway 111, Cathedral City How much: Included in the $23.95 to $27.95 all-you-can-eat price (depending on day of the week); call to confirm the stroganoff is being offered Contact info: 328-1818; www.picanharestaurant.com Why: Because it's sweet with a zing. If you're into the Atkins diet, or just seriously into meat, Brazilian churrascaria is definitely on the menu. What could be better than having all sorts of meats on skewers brought to your table? I've eaten at different Brazilian churrascarias all over the country, and at every single one of them, the salad bar/buffet…
11 Feb 2013
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What: The carne asada tacos Where: Casa Blanca Restaurant, 35850 Date Palm Drive, Suite A, Cathedral City; 66370 Pierson Blvd., Desert Hot Springs How much: $7.49 (for three, with rice and beans) as a weekday lunch special; $1.99 a la carte; available in other special combos Contact info: 328-2150 (Cathedral City); 251-5922 (Desert Hot Springs); www.casablancamenu.com Why: The little pieces of steak are perfectly seasoned and prepared. I've driven past the Casa Blanca Restaurant in Cathedral City many dozens of times (a good friend lives just around the corner), but I never stopped in—until recently. Boy, have I been missing…