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The Indy Endorsement

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…
05 Feb 2013
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What: The beef ’n’ latkas Where: Sherman’s Deli and Bakery, 401 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs; 73161 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert How much: $13.95 Contact info: 325-1199 (Palm Springs); 568-1350 (Palm Desert); www.shermansdeli.com Why: The crunchiness of the latkas. OK, I know what you’re thinking: The Independent is endorsing a sandwich at Sherman’s? Well, duh. That’s like endorsing Meryl Streep for her acting ability. There’s no news there. On one hand, you’re correct: The fact that Sherman’s Deli and Bakery has tasty sandwiches is no news. After all, the deli has been around for a half-century as of…
25 Jan 2013
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What: The pickled tomatoes Where: Manhattan in the Desert, 2665 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs How much: Free with your meal Contact info: 322-3354; manhattaninthedesert.com Why: They're pure pickled perfection. Manhattan in the Desert regulars know that if you look beneath the surface, you can see that this longtime Palm Springs favorite has gone through some big changes in the last several years, like new owners and staff turnover. Now, there's even a new breakfast menu (in addition to the classics that Manhattan has always offered), introduced just last month, by Chicago chef David Schy. (Side note: We tried…
15 Jan 2013
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What: The $5 tri-tip sandwich Where: Neil's Lounge, 80956 Highway 111, Indio How much: $5, of course Contact info: 347-1522 Why: It's the best damn French-dip-style sandwich for the price that we can find in the valley. Neil's Lounge is one of the most internally incongruent places in the entire Coachella Valley: It's a dive bar ... with a stunningly high-class bathroom. (Seriously. Go see, even if you don't need to ... go.) It's located in the depths of Indio, but it attracts a clientele from across the valley. And it's a freaking bar ... that serves one of the…
18 Jan 2013
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What: The coq au vin Where: Dish Creative Cuisine, 68525 Ramon Road, No. A-101, Cathedral City How much: $27 Contact info: 832-6526; www.dishcreativecuisine.com Why: It's moist. Oh, and it has bacon. Dish Creative Cuisine opened last fall in a little shopping center on a stretch of Ramon Road that could best be described as ... spartan. But inside the little space, chef/owner Joane Garcia-Colson is doing big things. (Want a surprise? Google the chef. Yes, that's her. Quite a career change, no?) The biggest thing of all may be the restaurant's signature dish, the coq au vin. I'll be honest:…
11 Jan 2013
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What: The Steve Special sushi roll, enjoyed as part of all-you-can-eat sushi Where: Edokko Sushi, 69195 Ramon Road, Cathedral City How much: $19.95 lunch, $23.99 dinner Contact info: 328-7770; edokkosushicc.com Why: Because you're hungry, and you looooove tasty sushi rolls Look, Edokko Sushi ain't Nobu: You are not going to get fresh-off-the-boat toro here. Of course, you're not going to be shelling out $35 for a tiny portion of fish, either. Instead, you are going to get a decent-enough selection of 30 or so rolls, 16 or so sushi options, and some appetizers (miso soup, gyoza, etc.), as much as…
08 Dec 2012
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What: Yum nua (Thai beef salad) Where: Thai Kitchen, 67555 E Palm Canyon Drive, No. A105, Cathedral City How much: $9.95 Contact info: 321-8424 Why: Because it provides a nice combination of flavors, textures and temperatures—with just the right amount of kick! I've been pretty narrow-minded about Thai food in the past; pad Thai and fried rice have been my normal go-to dishes when dining at Thai restaurants. Recently, I've been trying to manage my weight and make better choices about what I eat—and I figured that Thai restaurants would be off my list entirely. However, my best friend suggested…
09 Nov 2012
What: Gypsy veal schnitzel Where: Johannes Restaurant, 196 S. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs How much: $25 Contact info: 778-0017; http://www.johannesrestaurants.com/ Why: Because of the variety and intensity of flavor. Johannes, located just a wee bit off the beaten path in downtown Palm Springs, offers a variety of Continental cuisine, especially Austrian/Viennese favorites—and while the restaurant celebrates its 13th anniversary, included is an entire menu of schnitzels (mostly made with veal, of course, but some made with organic chicken). While the schnitzels offer a variety of ingredients and, therefore, flavors, the gypsy is the one that has the most flavor.…