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14 Nov 2014
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What: The Beef Stroganoff Where: Miro’s, 1555 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs How much: $28 Contact: 760-323-5199; mirospalmsprings.com Why: Perfection in proportions. Beef stroganoff is, on paper, a simple dish. You have your beef and maybe mushrooms; you have your pasta; you have your sauce. Mix together. The end. Ah, but if you want that beef stroganoff to be good, it’s not so simple, is it? For example: How’s the pasta quality? How is that pasta prepared? The same goes for the beef; we’ve all choked down bits of meat before that were closer in texture to leather than…
24 Oct 2014
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What: Seafood Thursday Dinner at the Potrero Canyon Buffet Where: Morongo Casino Resort and Spa, 49500 Seminole Drive, Cabazon How much: $22.95 with a players’ club card Contact: 800-252-4499; www.morongocasinoresort.com Why: You can pig out on crab or dessert or shrimp or whatever else. I grew up in Nevada, a fact I’ve noted in this space before. The more time I’ve spent away from Nevada, the more I’ve become convinced that growing up in a state where casinos are everywhere makes you … well, just a little different. For example, take buffets—specifically, casino buffets. Some non-Nevadans tend to be a…
13 Oct 2014
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What: The Grilled Miso Cod Set Where: Gyoro Gyoro Izakaya Japonaise, 105 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs How much: $17.95 Contact: 760-325-3005; otootorestaurant.com Why: The price is right—and the fish is splendid. Several of the best meals I’ve ever enjoyed have been at Nobu, the extremely high-end Japanese restaurant chain owned by Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa. Nobu’s house specialty is black cod in miso, a stunningly delicious piece of fish that is at once sweet, savory and velvety. It’s often included in the omakase tasting menus at Nobu ($100 to $200 at the Los Angeles Nobu)—or if you want to…
26 Sep 2014
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What: The Desert Jewel Where: Citron, inside the Viceroy Palm Springs, 415 S. Belardo Road, Palm Springs How much: $14 Contact: 760-318-3005; www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/en/palmsprings Why: It’s a perfect craft cocktail. Regular readers of this feature know that your humble scribe likes—no, loves—a good craft cocktail. Regular readers between the lines of this feature know that your humble scribe is pretty frustrated at the relative dearth of great craft cocktails in this valley. Thankfully, more and more bars and restaurants are moving beyond Cape Cods and Jack-and-Cokes—and Citron at the Viceroy is undeniably one of the leaders of our valley’s emerging craft-cocktail…
08 Sep 2014
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What: Bennie’s Bennie Where: Wilma and Frieda’s, 73575 El Paseo Drive, No. C2310, Palm Desert How much: $14 Contact: 760-773-2807; www.wilmafrieda.com Why: The pork and the perfect balance. Over the last couple of years, creative types ranging from musicians to comedians to publishers have used crowd-funding sites like Kickstarter to turn their figurative dreams into reality. Restaurateurs have done so as well. These fundraising efforts don’t always succeed—on a local level, Cello’s Bistro and Dish Creative Cuisine recently saw Kickstarter efforts come up short—but when they do, they can lead to great things—such as Wilma and Frieda’s, a delightful breakfast/brunch/lunch…
22 Aug 2014
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What: The Dragon Roll with the all-you-can-eat sushi at Dragon Sushi Where: Dragon Sushi, 68369 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Cathedral City; also at 82451 Highway 111, No. 103, Indio How much: $22.99 for lunch; $27.99 for dinner Contact: (760) 321-5935; www.facebook.com/pages/Dragon-sushi/194086770616660 Why: A variety of flavors and textures for one fair price. Nevada may just be the all-you-can-eat (AYCE) sushi capital of the world. Several recent newspaper articles have confirmed that the cities of Reno and Las Vegas are havens for AYCE sushi; in fact, one of those stories speculated that every sushi joint in Reno offers an AYCE option.…
15 Aug 2014
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What: The Blistered Shishito Peppers Where: Appetito Cal-Italian Deli, 1700 S. Camino Real, No. 2, Palm Springs How much: $4.95 Contact: 760-327-1929; appetitodeli.com Why: They’re an example of delicious simplicity—with a side of adventure. Appetito opened earlier this year in the long-vacant space in the Koffi building adjacent to the Ace Hotel, and has since been delighting foodies with its “Cal-Italian” fare, including panini, pasta dishes, pizzas and other goodies. However, one of Appetito’s best menu items has its roots in neither Italy nor California—instead, it comes from Japan. Shishitos are a long, thin, green pepper variety. They’re sweet, but…
25 Jul 2014
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What: The Slider Sampler Where: Woody’s Burgers, 317 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs How much: $10.50 Contact: 760-230-0188; woodysburgersps.com Why: Variety is the spice of life. Sometimes, you don’t want to make a choice—and when it comes to burgers, Woody’s makes life a little easier on indecisive diners with the restaurant’s slider sampler. Now, that does not mean said diners are absolved of all choices; after all, Woody’s offers more than a half-dozen burger offerings, and the sampler includes just three sliders (miniature versions of the restaurant’s burgers). Sorry ’bout that. On our recent visit to the renowned downtown…
18 Jul 2014
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What: The cheese Danish Where: Villa Bakery, 67470 Ramon Road, Cathedral City How much: 80 cents Contact: 760-322-5701 Why: It’s flaky, sweet, cheesy and generally delicious. Sometimes, good things can result when bad things happen. I was driving down Ramon Road recently when I saw that someone had kicked or punched in the plastic door on the Independent’s orange distribution box outside of Villa Bakery, located on Ramon and Crossley Road in Cathedral City. Crap, I thought. I stopped to check the damage; the door was indeed busted, but it appeared that I might be able to engineer a temporary…
20 Jun 2014
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What: The “Washu” (American Waygu) Shabu Shabu Where: Shabu Shabu Zen, 71680 Highway 111 No. F, Rancho Mirage How much: $25 Contact: 760-779-5000; shabu-shabu-zen.com Why: It’s just so much damn fun—and delicious, too. It was fun. It was active. It was a little messy. And it was delicious. It was one of the best meals we’ve ever had in the Coachella Valley. The meal we had at Shabu Shabu Zen on a June Wednesday night was not my first experience with shabu shabu, a form of dining which, grossly oversimplified, can be called Japanese fondue. I became smitten with the…