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Michael Lerner Jan 6, 2003 10:17 PM

Can anyone recommend some restaurants in Palm Springs?

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    Cluemap Jan 7, 2003 02:28 AM

    Enjoy your trip.

    In Palm Springs
    Riccio's (Italian)
    Otani (Japanese)
    John Henry's (Continental)
    Le Vallauris (French)
    Edgardo's (Mexican)
    Europa at the Villa Royale (Continental)
    La Provence (French)
    LG's (Steaks) Always BIG debates on steak houses and some will say LG's is a no go. Go.
    Sherman's Deli (packed on weekends)

    In Rancho Mirage
    Shame on the Moon (Continental)
    Alberto's (Italian)

    In Palm Desert
    Cafe des Beaux Arts, (French)
    Le Paon (Continental)

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      Greg Henry Jan 7, 2003 10:38 AM

      Thus is a very good list I would add:

      Melvyn's In the Ingleside Inn for retro steaks and chops

      Pommes-Frites-256 S. Palm Canyon Belgian Bistro with good mussles and fries

      Tyler's 149 S.Indian Canyon Dr Good Burgers

      Cuistot- El Paseo in Palm desert Classic French inspired
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        torta basilica Jan 7, 2003 02:25 PM

        You didn't mention St. James on the Vineyard. I've heard it has changed ownership. We had an incredible dinner there 2 Thanksgivings ago. Has it really changed? I'll be totally bummed if it has.

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          cluemap Jan 8, 2003 12:31 PM

          I haven't been to St. James in years. Last time someone wrote about it on Chowhounds (maybe a year ago...) they loved it. Probably is time to try it out again!

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        Slow Foodie Jan 7, 2003 02:47 PM

        We just spent a few days there with the kids. For kitsch up the wazoo and good value chow you can't beat
        Billy Reeds Restaurant
        1800 N. Palm Canyon Dr.
        PS, 760-325-1946
        Good for potpies, fish and chips and that sort of stuff. Also, the chocolate cake was pretty darn good.

        Also, I second the recommendation for Sherman's Deli. It was very friendly and the food was fine.

        I would warn chow pals to avoid a mini chain called Taqueria. There are several in the area. I thought I could get a quick bite with the kids but it was the quintessential tourist trap. Really expensive and staggeringly mediocre.

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          terry house Jan 7, 2003 05:38 PM

          avoid billy reed's like the plague....unless quantity is more important than decent food and atmosphere-
          riccios good but $$$$$
          avoid melvyn's, $$$$ and overrated
          le valluris for a special evening, $$$$
          europa ditto
          but most important:
          el mirasol, 140 e palm canyon (not the 1 in palm desert)- fantastic mexican, keyed to several outstanding sauces: mole, pipian, adobado, tomatillo, and more - sit on patio and look at the mountain!

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            beachmom Aug 29, 2007 02:38 PM

            We also had a fabulous lunch at Don and Sweet Sue's - tasted like homemade everything.

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            Filmfreaketta Jan 7, 2003 10:22 PM

            The best breakfast in the desert is Don and Sweet Sue's in Cathedral City on Ramon Road. Chicken liver and green onion omlette to die for (and probably die from).

            Great breakfasts there no matter what you get.

            3419 Ramon Road - Cathedral City

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              carter Jan 8, 2003 03:26 PM

              Stick to Northous comments. Seems right on the money, and quality. El Mirasol is wonderful for good, affordable, very casual Mexican, and definitely avoid Billy Reed's. Is Sherman's Deli still in the Springs? Thought they moved, or at least opened a Palm Desert location.

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                cluemap Jan 8, 2003 08:48 PM

                Sherman's is still alive and kicking on Tahquitz.

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                  Chino Wayne Jan 9, 2003 08:20 PM

                  Had a smoked fish platter for breakfast there one Sunday recently, set me back $45.00.

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                    cluemap Jan 9, 2003 11:05 PM

                    Ouch! Hope the smoked fish was worth it, Chino Wayne!

                    We used to love the breakfast waffles at Elmer's, stuffed with bacon bits. Sadly, this was one of the first things to be dropped from the 'New and Improved' menu a couple years ago.

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                  Palm Springs chef Jan 11, 2003 12:27 PM

                  Wow, Carter! Such an expert you can tell this person coming to visit Palm Springs to listen only to the comments of 'Northous', since you've deemed them to be correct. Yet, you don't even know Sherman's is still open in Palm Springs? And, by the way, 'Special Occasion' restaurant? Perhaps, their visit to Palm Springs is considered a 'Special Occasion'. Perhaps they are here not on a Motel 6 budget. In my opinion ---- the list given by Cluemap is a sound one. He seems to know the lay of the gastronomic land.

                3. Maxmillion Aug 29, 2007 03:09 PM

                  Thanks to a previous search on this board, I came upon a fantastic Italian place and we had one of the best pasta dishes we've ever experienced. I even wrote (twice!) to Gourmet.com to see if I could get the recipe, but no luck yet.

                  Here's the info --

                  Restaurant Name: Kalura Trattoria Italiana
                  Restaurant address line 1: 124 Sth Palm Canyon Drive
                  Restaurant address line 2: Palm Springs CA

                  Requested Recipe: Vermicelli all' Aragosta -- Angel hair pasta sauteed with garlic olive oil, cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, tomato pilled fillet, fresh lobster meat, in a light spicy pinot grigio wine sauce.

                  Comments: I have tried to make this at home. Complete failure! It sounds so simple but the dish we were served was magnificent! I had to ask two separate servers to verify that the little chunks of tender, fresh lobster really were lobster as they curled up and *looked* like shrimp (but *tasted* like lobster chunks...) Basically I'd like to know how he prepped the lobster and how the sauce was achieved.

                  If you try this place, please do report back!

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                    woofer Aug 29, 2007 03:12 PM

                    we really loved sullivan's steak house. copley's on palm canyon. zin bistro and johannes.

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                      eat this Nov 29, 2008 11:44 AM

                      One place no one has mentioned at all in the nearly five years long thread of this posting regarding Palm Springs restaurants is Spencer's at the Mountain. We are part-time residents here in Palm Springs and we have eaten regularly at Spencer's for Sunday brunch, weekday breakfast and lunch and many dinners since our arrival here in 2006.
                      It has always been consistently excellent and is frequently outstanding as it was last evening when we brought two out of town friends from San Francisco there to join us for dinner. Appetizers of classic French onion soup, Iceberg wedge salad and spicy ahi tuna tartare were all perfectly executed. Mains of 8-rib rack of lamb (A great value at $35.00) and Dover Sole ($40) were likewise outstanding, beautifully cooked and presented. The service was gracious and professional, despite the fact that we arrived to a packed house at prime time (7PM) Friday night on a Holiday weekend. We were seated immediately at a lovely banquette table inside near the piano player who plays beautifully and unobtrusively lending a marvelous classic atmosphere. For those so inclined, they also have a lovely heated outdoor patio with beautiful trees. Valet service was prompt and professional. While we have been to most, if not all of the restaurants mentioned in this entire thread of this posting with decidedly mixed results, we just can't say enough about Spencer's. It never disappoints and it very frequently blows us away with its overall competence, quality and effortless professionalism.

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