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The Indy Endorsement

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; 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; 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; 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; 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; 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; 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…
09 Jun 2014
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What: The Zin Bites Where: Zin American Bistro, 198 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs How much: $9 Contact: 760-322-6300; Why: The zin in the sauce. This is a story of second chances. Several months back, we took a friend who was visiting Palm Springs out to dinner at Zin American Bistro. While the service and the ambiance were top-notch, the food was decidedly unremarkable. I’d tell you what we had … but I can’t remember what we had. It was not a terrible meal, but it was a meal that left us underwhelmed and not exactly rushing to…
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…