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Looking for a great place to celebrate a birthday in Palm Springs...

daphne dog Jan 18, 2007 04:48 AM

perhaps something a little nostalgic---any ideas?

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    torta basilica RE: daphne dog Jan 18, 2007 04:18 PM

    Le VALLURIS!!!!

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      Obessed RE: torta basilica Jan 19, 2007 11:04 PM

      I ditto Le Valluris!! We went to Palm Springs from LA a few months ago for my BF's birthday and I took him to dinner here...it was terrific!!! Definitely on the $$$$ side, but it was worth it!

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      RBCal RE: daphne dog Jan 18, 2007 05:49 PM

      It would also depend on HOW nostalgic you want to get. If you are looking for the rat pack Melvyn's is about the only place left.

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        daphne dog RE: RBCal Jan 19, 2007 04:17 AM

        How's the food at Melvyn's? Just looking for someplace with great ambience--where you can get drinks at the bar, enjoy a leisurely meal.

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        RBCal RE: daphne dog Jan 19, 2007 02:59 PM

        I personally haven't eaten there but Gayot gives it a 13/20 which is not bad. Its definitely old style nostalgic from reviews. From what I understand the crowd is mostly retirees (not that this is bad). I also have heard that most people dress up a bit to eat there.

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          RBCal RE: daphne dog Jan 19, 2007 03:57 PM

          Le Vallauris gets 14/20 at Gayot. Their food is continental and Melvyn's is more of a classic American steak house.

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            torta basilica RE: daphne dog Jan 19, 2007 06:50 PM

            Although it's a fun atmosphere, I wasn't that impressed by Melvyn's food - it has been awhile, but I remember piles of food heaped all together on a plate, all running together & it wasn't very appetizing. I think LV should have a higher score than 14.

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