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The Indy Endorsement

22 May 2014
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What: The Chicago-Style House Special Pizza Where: Giuseppe’s Pizza and Pasta, 1775 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs How much: $26.50 large; $22 medium; $15 small Contact: 760-537-1890; Why: Oodles and oodles of yummy sauce. When one picks up a large Chicago-style pizza from Giuseppe’s, the sheer weight of the pie is vaguely startling: It’s heavy. For most folks, a slice of “normal” thin-crust pizza is a nice snack; add on another slice or three, and you have a meal. However, one slice of the Chicago-style house special pizza here can be a meal in and of itself—and what…
17 May 2014
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What: The Bill’s Favorite (with several sides of Bill’s Sauce) Where: Bill’s Pizza, 119 S. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs How much: $24.50 for an 18-inch pizza; personal size (10 inches also available) Contact: 760-325-5571; Why: Because of the extra Bill’s Sauce. On busy Palm Springs nights, danger lurks near La Plaza and Palm Canyon Drive. Caloric danger, that is. Is this case, danger takes the form of a pleasant person handing out pizza samples—more specifically, Bill’s Pizza samples. Consider yourself warned: These samples are good. Very good, in fact, and they often succeed at their intended purpose: luring…
28 Apr 2014
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What: The Crab Enchiladas Where: Ruben and Ozzy’s Oyster Bar and Grill, 241 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs How much: $14.95; $13.95 after 9 p.m. Contact: 760-325-8800; Why: It’s a delicious dish made with love. On most nights, you’ll find either Ruben or Ozzy Lopez, if not both of them, hard at work behind the counter at the brothers’ eponymous Tahquitz Canyon Way restaurant. It’s nothing new for the brothers to be hard at work behind a restaurant counter; they started out working together at the late, lamented Beach House before moving to Palm Springs' Shanghai Reds—the back-bar…
18 Apr 2014
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What: The Goat Cheese Sweet Corn Tamale Where: Babe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewhouse, 71800 Highway 111, No. A176, Rancho Mirage How much: $11 Contact: 760-346-8738; Why: It’s a veritable flavor bomb. If you’re looking for a traditional Mexican tamale, then Babe’s is not the place for you. (Unless you also like great beer and tasty barbecue, but that’s a story for another time.) However, if you’re looking for a twist (and a serious size upgrade) on the traditional tamale, then get thee to this mainstay at The River, pronto. There is a lot going on in this far-from-traditional dish. There’s…
14 Mar 2014
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What: The Smokey and the Jalapeño Egg Burger at Eureka! Where: Eureka!, 74985 Highway 111, Indian Wells How Much: $13 (Smokey) and $11.50 (burger with fries) Contact: 760-834-7700; Why: A perfect cocktail with a perfect burger. Regular readers of this space know I have a love of good, unique craft cocktails. Regular readers of this space also know I have a love of all things meat. Therefore, I now have a love of Eureka! There are a dozen or so Eureka! restaurants, most of them in Southern California, and one of the newest locations opened not too long ago…
07 Mar 2014
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What: The Nutty Chi Chi Where: Tonga Hut Palm Springs, 254 N. Palm Canyon Drive How Much: $11 Contact: 760-322-4449; Why: Nutty and creamy is a dreamy combination. Tiki bars—drinking establishments that serve tropical, island-themed cocktails, often with an emphasis on fruit juices and rum—used to be a big freaking deal. After World War II, these bars slung mai tais and scorpion bowls to a thirsty, eager public. In fact, Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley were the home to a number of tiki bars before the craze subsided and largely died off in the 1970s. However, to some,…
25 Feb 2014
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What: Nonna’s Meatballs Where: Birba Palm Springs, 622 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs How Much: $10 Contact: 760-327-5678; Why: The tomato sauce and the high-quality meat. Birba Palm Springs is one of the most difficult restaurants in downtown Palm Springs at which to get a table on a busy night. No joke: If you walk in without a reservation and try to get a table on an in-season Friday night, be prepared to wait for an hour, or perhaps even longer. So how did this outdoor restaurant that almost exclusively uses a wood oven to cook its food—the…
07 Feb 2014
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What: The BBQ Pork and Egg Roll Vermicelli Bowl Where: Pho Vu, 34260 Monterey Ave., Palm Desert; also at 79630 Highway 111, No. 103, La Quinta; coming soon to 285 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs How much: $8.95 Contact: 760-324-1888 (Palm Desert); 760-775-2417 (La Quinta); Why: Pork and “Vietnamese vinaigrette” rock together. Let’s face it: With a few notable exceptions, the Asian-food scene in the Coachella Valley is pretty dismal. Yeah, there are some good Thai and Indian joints … but how many truly outstanding, say, Chinese-food restaurants are there? Heck, let’s not even go that far: How…
20 Jan 2014
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What: Felipe’s huachinango (whole red snapper) Where: Maracas Mexican Cantina and Grill, 155 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; also at 72775 Dinah Shore, Rancho Mirage How much: $20.95 Contact: 322-9654 (Palm Springs); 321-1001 (Rancho Mirage); (warning: prices and other info woefully outdated) Why: It’s primal and delicious. One of the best lines from A Christmas Story (yeah, I know it’s almost February; please bear with me) comes when the family—their Christmas turkey destroyed by the Bumpus hounds—heads to dinner at Chop Suey Palace, and the enthusiastic staff delivers a whole goose to the table. “It’s … smiling at…
10 Jan 2014
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What: The cordoniz estilo Ernesto (quail, Ernesto style) Where: Rio Azul Mexican Bar and Grill, 350 S. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs How much: $24.95 Contact: 760-992-5641; Why: It’s one of the tastiest plates of food in the entire valley. I grew up on a cattle ranch outside of Reno, Nev., where quail are ubiquitous. Thus, I know a little bit about these birds. Quail are cute. Quail are fast. Quail don’t seem all that bright. And I’d never thought of quail as all that delicious, either. I’d eaten quail a couple of times, and those meals were rather…