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The Indy Endorsement

12 Nov 2013
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What: The Pork Schnitzel, Salzberg Style Where: Café Scandia, 356 S. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs How much: $17.95; also includes soup and salad Contact: 760-327-2036; Why: It’s moist yet not greasy, with lots of flavor. The good folks at Café Scandia have not put that much effort into signage. The signs outside look like someone went to Home Depot, bought some stick-on letters, and hastily placed them on the signs’ surfaces. Ironically, the restaurant could use some good signage: It’s in an easy-to-miss spot tucked away in a small, easy-to-miss Indian Canyon Drive shopping center. If not for…
21 Oct 2013
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What: The Banana Walnut Pancakes Where: The Palms Café, 69930 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage; also at 44150 Town Center Way, Palm Desert How much: $9.75; also available as an add-on with other entrées Contact: 760-770-1614 (Rancho Mirage), 760-779-1617 (Palm Desert); Why: Big chunks of banana. I like pancakes—but I rarely order them for breakfast. Here’s why: When it comes to a choice between pork (sausage … bacon … mmm!) and what’s basically bread covered with some sort of sweet sauce, I am going to go with the pork 99.43 percent of the time. Because, y’know, pork. However, the banana…
10 Oct 2013
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What: Pablo’s Chicken-Fried Steak Where: Don and Sweet Sue’s Café, 68995 Ramon Road, Cathedral City How much: $10.95 Contact info: 760-770-2760; Why: No knife necessary. Every so often, I get a craving for a food that is terrible for my body, but fantastic for my taste buds. (The most embarrassing of these cravings: a Moons Over My Hammy from Denny’s. Yes, I have much to be ashamed of.) Recently, one of these cravings struck: I needed chicken-fried steak, and I needed it now. And I knew just where to head: Don and Sweet Sue’s Café, in Cathedral City. Of…
16 Sep 2013
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What: The Wedge Salad Trio Style Where: TRIO Restaurant, 707 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs How much: $10 Contact info: 760-864-8746; Why: The ingredients are in perfect balance. A while back, a local steakhouse that shall go unnamed offered a wedge salad as part of a prix-fixe special—and that wedge salad did not include bacon. The menu was accurate—bacon was not mentioned in the description—but I did not notice this fact until I went back and looked later, because HOW IN THE HELL CAN YOU HAVE A WEDGE SALAD WITHOUT BACON? Thankfully, the wedge salad at TRIO has…
30 Aug 2013
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What: Nora’s Nutty Salad Where: Karen’s Café, 77682 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert How much: $8.50 Contact info: 760-772-2800 Why: The crunch and the hint of sweetness. I’ll be perfectly honest with you: I did not want to order Nora’s Nutty Salad. Don’t get me wrong; the salad sounded yummy—I like romaine lettuce, cukes, tomatoes, onions, sunflower seeds, almonds, honey-sesame cashews and chicken—but Karen’s Café also serves breakfast, which means things like eggs and bacon are available, and really: Is there anything yummier on this planet than eggs and freaking bacon? But, y’know, healthiness and losing weight are important, too,…
09 Aug 2013
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What: Various pollo items Where: El Taco Asado, 440 S. El Cielo Road, Palm Springs How much: Varies; $9.75 for the combo No. 1 is a good way to go Contact: 760-323-7544; Why: This is not your normal Mexi-restaurant chicken. Chicken. It’s often the least-heralded meat at Mexican joints, and for good reason: Beef does better with grilling; you can do a ton of interesting things with fish; and pork is … well, pork. That’s not to say chicken is bad. It stews well, after all, and can absorb a ton of surrounding flavors—although it’s often presented in a…
02 Aug 2013
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What: The gazpacho Where: Tinto, inside the Saguaro, 1800 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs How much: $11 Contact: 760-322-1900; Why: The smoothness. A friend recently told me that she has thus far avoided Tinto—the Iron Chef-owned “Basque wine bar” restaurant inside the Saguaro Palm Springs—because she finds the menu “a tad scary.” I am blessed (or perhaps cursed, if you consider my waistline’s perspective) with the ability to eat and enjoy almost anything (as long as it’s … y’know … good). However, I do understand that not everyone is like me, and a menu featuring all sorts of…
23 Jul 2013
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What: The Red Wine Braised Short Ribs Where: The 3rd Corner Wine Shop and Bistro, 73101 Highway 111, Palm Desert How much: $21 Contact: 760-837-9600; Why: It’s forkably good. While many folks, locals and nonlocals alike, snivel about summer in the Coachella Valley, I kind of like this time of year. The roads are less crowded. The (very) occasional rains are nice. And the dining deals at many restaurants can’t be beat. One such restaurant that’s offering some ganga deals is the 3rd Corner Wine Shop and Bistro, which has been around for a few years in Palm Desert…
05 Jul 2013
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What: The fish tacos Where: El Ranchito Taco Shop, 34580 Monterey Ave., No. 103, Palm Desert How much: $2.49 Contact: 760-320-9182; Why: The sauce, the crispiness and the price. The first-ever Indy Endorsement was published on Nov. 1 of last year. The subject of our effusive praise: the fish tacos at Shanghai Reds. Now, more than eight months later, we’re celebrating another Indy Endorsement first: For the first time, we’re endorsing essentially the same item (fish tacos) at a second restaurant. One may have a reasonable expectation of getting a great fish taco at a local mini-chain that has…
28 Jun 2013
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What: The Gyros Plate Where: Nina’s Traditional Greek Cuisine and Pizzeria, 555 S. Sunrise Way, Palm Springs How much: $10 Contact: 760-323-8552; Why: The mixture of crunch and moist and creamy I just finished the gyros plate I got for lunch at Nina’s Traditional Greek Cuisine and Pizzeria. Two words describe how I am feeling right now. Full. And—foremost—happy. I am full, because the food on said plate is not a small portion. There are four smallish slices of pita bread, two large Kalamata olives, a fairly generous amount of marinated red onions, slices of tomato, a cup of…