palm springs/desert/rancho mirage
we are headed to palm desert for a long weekend- any recommendations for some chow-worthy spots out there? we are looking for inexpensive to moderately priced, local hang-outs, good atmosphere nice, but not neccesary (ie no need to find any pseudo-la scene as we are on vaca...and no need to party like it's 1999...), yummy food- love all ethnic cuisine, american is even ok- brunch or dinner preferred
I generally do not like buffets as a rule, but the Sunday Brunch Buffet at the Marriott Desert Springs is excellent and I highly recommend it. If you go early, it is geared for breakfast. Later, after noon hour, it becomes more lunch. There's eggs and omelettes to order, fresh fruit, smoked fish, crab, shrimp baked goods, fresh squeezed juices and etc. It's expensive, but very relaxed and you can enjoy yourself to your hearts content. My other favorite is for the breakfast at John's Restaurant. Good Eggs Benedict and Hash Browns.
For fish, I recommend The Fisherman. There are three locations,
Some other recommendations are discussed:
Don't forget to order the Bahia Imported Beer for around two bucks a bottle. The following have information and menus. If you do decide to go, there is a daily chalk board menu that has the days offerings and it is quite large and not reflected on the website. The Early Bird Fish and Chips is ridiculously low priced around $7.00......less if you are a senior citizen.......and all the fish is fresh.
I second the Fisherman's Market. If you want small, local and good food, we also always stop at:
El Gallito in Cathedral City (carnitas on Thursday only...no reservations, cash only, local),
El Mirasole in Palm Springs,
La Bella Cucina (72-355 Hwy 111, Palm Desert (family owned and operated)
A little fancier is Pomme Fritte in Palm Springs (Belgian - great mussels)
I've recommended Romitti's on Washington in PD before & others have enjoyed - you can search for reports, but it's been awhile since we've been there. I've heard Desert Sage has reopened, which is great news!
If you want to go off the beaten path, I have relatives in Desert Hot Springs that own El Charro... solid cuisine of Western Mexico (Birria, Camarones a la Diabla, Caldos, Guanajuato style Enchiladas etc.,).... the place suffered a little bit when the parents moved back to Jalisco (they used to cook up all kinds of specials that are rarely found NOB like Quail Carnitas marinaded in Orange Juice, Beef Loin in its Juices, Hare Picadillo in Adobo, Caldo Michi etc.,)
13156 Palm Dr
Desert Hot Spgs, CA 92240
For authentic Mexican food, Teresa's in Indio is the favorite among locals. It's a hole in the wall, but the food is great.
Also in Indio is Frankie's Fish with excellent sushi and other fresh fish offerings. Prices are low and quality is high here. This small and unassuming restaurant enjoys a great local reputation. I'd go here over Fisherman's Market any day.
For drinks and/or light dinner in a beautiful setting with reasonable prices, give the bar at the Cliffhouse in La Quinta a try. The dining room is decent, but not cheap.
Chez Pierre in Palm Desert is an excellent French bistro -- unassuming but nice atmosphere with excellent food. During the winter, be sure to try the chef's wild game selections. Other favorites there are steak frites and the mussels.
Pomme Frites in Palm Springs is fun option for mussels and/or Belgian stew with a Belgian beer. The sidewalk tables are great for people-watching during high season.