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28 Oct 2015
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What: The brownie Where: Aspen Mills Bakery and Bread Company, 555 S. Sunrise Way, in Palm Springs; also located at the Rancho Mirage Library (71100 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage) and at Clark’s Nutrition (34175 Monterey Ave., Rancho Mirage) How much: $2.95 Contact: 760-323-3123; www.aspenmillsps.com Why: Chocolate yumminess. My favorite time to visit Aspen Mills’ main location in Palm Springs is the late afternoon. It’s calm. It’s quiet. And the smell inside is stupendous. The air is full of the scents of muffins and cookies and breads—oh, those amazing breads—being lovingly baked. But on a recent late-afternoon visit to Aspen Mills,…
19 Oct 2015
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What: The American Breakfast Burger Where: Tony’s Burgers, 35903 Date Palm Drive, CathedralCity How much: $7.95 Contact: 760-832-7794; www.tonysburgers.com Why: Simply put, it’s a really good burger At the northwest corner of Date Palm and Gerald Ford drives sits a nondescript strip mall. It’s notable, sort of, for two reasons: One, it’s anchored by a gym that recently moved into a long-vacant spot once occupied by a supermarket; and two, there is a ton of great food in this li’l, ho-hum-looking center. There’s yummy Thai/Asian joint Bangkok Noodles. Popular breakfast/lunch spot Michael’s Café. Solid Indian restaurant India Oven. The fantastic…
29 Sep 2015
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What: The lamb shank Where: Santorini Gyro Hamburger/Greek Food and Grill, 68375 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Cathedral City How much: $16.99 Contact: 760-831-3663 Why: It’s fall-off-the-bone delicious. It was a hectic, deadline-week Tuesday. I was driving down Highway 111 through Cathedral City, and dinner time was approaching. I realized I’d soon be driving by Santorini, a new Greek restaurant in the strip-mall space that used to house Frickleburgers (R.I.P.). I was craving some gyro. I’d heard good things about Santorini from readers. Yep, it was time to get some takeout. I walked in to the 24-seat restaurant and ordered a…
17 Sep 2015
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What: The Street Taco Platter Where: Loco Charlie’s, 1751 N. Sunrise Way, No. F5, Palm Springs How much: $7.95 Contact: 760-832-6474; mylococharlies.com Why: The crispy parts. It was lunchtime, and I was craving some good tacos. This is not an unusual occurrence in my life. In fact, there are few lunchtimes when I am not, to some degree, craving tacos. However, on this particular day, I was really craving tacos—so off to Loco Charlie’s we went. I had never been before, but several readers have recommended the restaurant to me—and we all know that Coachella Valley Independent readers are a…
20 Aug 2015
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What: The Cubano With Tomato Soup Where: Zobö and Meester’s, 68703 Perez Road, No. A1, Cathedral City How Much: $7.99 Contact: 760-832-6104; www.zamgrill.com Why: It’s comforting and delicious. The invitation came via email on a Saturday. Bart and Carmen wanted to let me know they’d just opened a new restaurant on Perez Road in Cathedral City. “Everything is made from scratch. Please come in and give us a try. The community support has been amazing so far,” the email said. The following Monday, I was hungry and had errands to run in the general vicinity—so I decided to check out…
15 Aug 2015
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What: The Wok-Fired Jasmine Rice With Lemongrass Pork Where: Pho 533, 1775 E. Palm Canyon Drive, No. 625, Palm Springs How Much: $13 Contact: 760-778-6595; pho533palmsprings.com Why: It tastes even better than it looks. It’s a good-news, bad-news kind of a situation that we have here. The good news: Pho 533, a Palm Springs Vietnamese-food mainstay for many years, is better than ever, thanks to its new ownership. Chad Gardner, owner of Dash and a Handful Catering, has raised the bar at Pho 533 since he took over in April, tweaking the menu and refining everything that comes out of…
13 Jul 2015
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What: The Over the Edge Wedge Where: Serious Food and Drink, 415 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs How Much: $10.95 Contact: 760-832-6023; seriousfoodanddrink.com Why: Pork. Belly. Croutons. I am a simple man, who is into simple things. Whiskey. Baseball. Pork products. Etc. Therefore, when I saw the description of the wedge salad on offer at Serious Food and Drink—a fantastic new restaurant occupying the building that previously housed Hamburger Mary’s—I was intrigued: “pork belly ‘croutons’ / grapes / bleu cheese-dill vinaigrette.” Wait, what? Pork belly “croutons”? Turns out bread has nothing to do with these “croutons.” No, these little…
10 Jul 2015
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What: The BBQ Free Range Chicken Pizza Where: BB’s at The River, 71800 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage How Much: $13.95 (or $9 at the bar during all-day happy hour, Monday through Friday) Contact: 760-862-9800; www.bbsattheriver.com Why: This pizza backs up the brag. The sign in front of the restaurant said multiple things. It promoted a $19.99 prix fixe menu. It touted tasty burgers. And it said the restaurant served the best barbecue chicken pizza in town. Game on, BB’s at The River. I’ll take one BBQ free range chicken pizza, please. Inside, BB’s doesn’t look all that different than its…
23 Jun 2015
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What: The Beef Kebab Combination Plate Where: Aladdin Deli and Market, 68100 Ramon Road, No. A5, Cathedral City How much: $11.99 Contact: 760-328-1159; www.facebook.com/pages/Aladdin-Deli-Market/113113938755197 Why: This plate of food is beyond satisfying. I have a theory: As a general rule, the farther a restaurant is away from the street in a strip mall, the better the food is at that restaurant. This brings us to Aladdin Deli and Market. Technically, you could say Aladdin is located at the northeast corner of Ramon Road and Landau Boulevard, because it’s located in the shopping center at said corner. However, you won’t be…
12 Jun 2015
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What: The Buttermilk Fried Jidori Chicken Where: King’s Highway at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club, 701 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs How much: $24 Contact: 760-866-6180; www.acehotel.com/palmsprings/kings-highway Why: It’s a mouth-watering, nuanced delight. And now, here’s a little glimpse at how the sausage is made. (“The sausage,” in this case, means “food journalism.”) Not too long ago, the King’s Highway at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club invited media folks to a family-style tasting of a bunch of stuff on the restaurant’s new menu, which was developed with the help of the people at the renowned Five Leaves…