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Mar 21, 2007 12:47 PM

What' s great in Palm Springs?

Spending a week in April
Looking for inexpensive to splurge.
Any suggestions appreciated

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    1. Johanne's and Zin American Bistro - I was there 2 weekends ago and had fabulous meals at both places!!!

      1. Manhattan in the Desert for great Deli Food....inexpensive

        My wife and I had the finest meal we have had in the past 5 years of living here at Firecliff on El Paseo in Palm Desert last Friday night.....splurge, but not outrageous.

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        1. re: TBB3

          What do you expect in the PS /PD area? You denigate places (...decent, but older) because of the age of the clients. I would agree that seniors don't dance on the tables and make fools of themselves as often as the "fun" crowd.

        2. the replies rec'd so far are decent but a much older crowd- i mean-really senior
          if you have transportation go 10 minutes to rancho mirage---numerous places-check out the river-it has shops, theaters, restaurants from italian to burgers to flemings steaks-roys is across street and the new spot is bing crosbys-eat in the bar---fun people watching and golf/tennis/crowd----area is at corner of bob hope and hwy 111--Kaiser grill is good and fun in PS for either dinner or sunday lunch--avoid LG's steakhouse-overhyped /outdated/mediocre food

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          1. re: J.D.

            J.D. was obviously not at Firecliff last Friday nite with us. The early crown there were mostly tables going to the Tennis Tournament that night... I honestly don't remember any "seniors" there at all. It's also nonsense to say Manhattan in the Desert is for "really seniors". It's a Deli! All ages, all the time.

          2. Make Europa, the restaurant at the Villa Royale B&B (and one of my better half's all-time favorite dining establishments) one of your splurges. The atmosphere is intimate and gorgeous, the service is impeccable and doting, and the meal presentation ... well, "lovely," is the only way to describe it.

            Both of us enjoy the well-prepared, classic fare at Kaiser Grille. Dissed by many, we've always had solid service and wonderful, filling, classic American fare. (KG's prime rib, FYI, is definitely worth a yum.)

            Finally, allistonteal's suggestion of Zin/An American Bistro is a savvy one. My BH (better half) and I enjoyed a first-rate wine-pairing dinner late last June there, and the four courses served with some surprisingly elegant German wines (the Schales Dornfelder, served with the main course, is to die for!) were exquisite. Need I add that the service -- attentive, professional, and caring -- is beyond reproach?

            If old-school chophouses with stiff drinks are to your taste, Lord Fletcher's in Rancho Mirage is worth a drive. It's definitely not a "sceney" place -- no one who'd call himself a "beautiful person" would be caught dead there -- and variety is obviously not the name of the game. Some folks would probably want to chop off one of my limbs for saying this, but it's a good, solid, satisfying standby whenever the two of us want a good piece of meat done exactly to our taste ... as well as a terrific libation.

            Now that I think of it, this is a thread I'll want to look over more closely, since he and I are likely going to be in The Springs late next week. Thanks for starting this, finicky!

            ~ Jan

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            1. re: Zagat_Lady

              You are welcome,
              My daughter and I will have to eat out for all meals and we are willing to have a couple of splurges for dinner but would like to find some tasty breakfast/ lunch places that don't break our budget. Still waiting for those suggestions.

              1. re: finickygal

                Ok heres the deal--for breakfast hit Keedys in Palm desert-or lunch-50's style-locals from 6 am-lunch in PS is Shermans on Tahquitz --get to el paseo in PD-tommy bahamas,daily grill, CPK-all near Saks-my husband and i like cafe de beaux artes-cross st from TBahamas-request outside on street-or splurge and go to Augusta-(lunch or dinner)-sit outside in back on lawn)-also Sullivans is fun for drinks/dinner/people watching at nite-We would prefer Jillians over Firecliff--also Fusion 111 is good for tapas,martinis in a strip center on hwy 111 in PD--a hidden LOCALS spot--dont forget thursday nites is fun in PS-outdoor street fair,food etc-our very fave restaurant is Chez Pierre in PD--fantastic local following -medium/upper prices-and pierre and his wife are wonderful-not just french food-and the very best french fries-its next to a trader joes -request to sit inside and watch the chefs-ciao

              2. re: Zagat_Lady

                Billy Reeds on Upper Palm Canyon in PS is a great Breakfast place and the decor right out of the 50s.
                Sweet Sues in Cat City Ramon & date Palm is excellent.
                Dinner downtown PS Pomme Frites very tasty and wonderful Belgian Beer selection.
                Kiysaku Japanese on South Palm C you got to go!

                1. re: bmw

                  A hidden ethnic is the Velvet Turtle although it is sometimes called Chef George's. It is so hidden that it might not even have a sign outside. The menu has some very good Hungarian dishes. The owner/chef is George Ristich who once owned George's Camelot in Newport Beach. It is located on Washington St. and Country Club (southeast corner) deep in a strip mall set back in the mall's corner. Hard to find and reservations might be very helpful as it is small and popular.