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Chef's Counter in Palm Springs/Desert Area?

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muffletoes Jan 6, 2008 03:23 PM

Does anyone know of any restaurant(s) in the Palm Springs area that feature a Chef's Counter (not a Chef's Table). Last month we arrived at One Market in San Francisco without a reservation. The only place they could seat us was at their Chef's Counter (a place usually left open for walk-ins). We enjoyed the experience (and the food!) so much we booked a couple of spots on the Counter before we left home for Aberta. We could love if there coube a similar experience in P.S.
Also, are there any restaurants in the P.S. area that allow you to bring you own wine and only charge a token corkage fee (somewhere south of $20).

  1. m
    muffletoes Jan 7, 2008 06:50 AM

    Thanks for the posts. Johannes appears to have what we are looking for. We will be sure to give it a try.

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    1. re: muffletoes
      susancinsf Jan 7, 2008 07:41 AM

      When I dined at Johannes I ate outside (much more pleasant when I was there than this time of year, I imagine) so I didn't realize that the bar faced an open kitchen. Since it does fit your request, absolutely you should try it; my dinner there was great!

    2. j
      Joe Colombo Jan 6, 2008 06:42 PM

      Zin American Bistro has what you call a "chef's counter", they call it "communal table"
      It's bar height with bar stools and seats up to 8 guests.

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      1. re: Joe Colombo
        susancinsf Jan 6, 2008 08:08 PM

        Does it? I think the OP is referring to a counter where you can sit and watch the line cooks in action. When I was at Zin I sat at a regular table, not the communal table, but I definitely don't recall any sort of open kitchen nearby. I don't think it is communal dining OP is looking for...it is a view to the kitchen...

        Here is a thread from SF about places to eat overlooking the kitchen, which includes a reference to the Chef's Counter at One Market:

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/436443

        1. re: susancinsf
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          Joe Colombo Jan 6, 2008 11:20 PM

          You are right, there is no open kitchen at Zin, however, Johannes has an open kitchen with seats at the bar. Also very good food.

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