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Sep 10, 2008 11:57 AM

Places to Eat Near Desert Hills Outlet Mall [moved from L.A. board]

Hi Everyone! I hate to do this, but I've been looking around on the boards about places to eat while my family and I will be in LA for vacation. My wife and her mom really want to go shopping at the outlet mall, but most places talked about for eating are more in the western LA area.. just wondering if anyone would have any suggestions for places to eat near the outlet mall. We particularly enjoy all you can eat sushi (like in Vancouver), vietnamese, chinese and italian foods... or would it be a better idea to stay somewhere more central so we can get better access to the food places?? We are only going to be in town for 2 days before we head off for a cruise! Thanks for your help!

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  1. I assume you mean the outlets in Cabazon. There is really not much to choose from. Your choices are the Crazy Coyote Taco Stand which is very good but just a shack near the outlets. There are also restaurants in the Morongo casino adjacent to the outlets. They have an all you can eat buffet which has a lot Asian selections as well as international food. Cielo an uspscale steak restaurant on the 27th floor of the casino (dinner only I think). There is also fast food in the food court at the outlets.

    Other than that you have to go into Palm Springs which is about 10 miles to the south east.

    I personally think if you are only in town for two days it is not really worth going all the way out to Cabazon. Its an hour and a half drive without traffic.

    1. RBCal pretty much covers the options. The only thing I'd add is that if you're planning on eating at the Casino buffet, check the website for seating times and what they're having that day. Also don't go too close to the ending time because you won't be seated.

      Maybe you could stay in the San Gabriel Valley such as Pacific Palms (the old Industry Hills resort). They have a seafood buffet on Saturday, if that day doesn't work at least you are closer to other restaurant choices. The ports aren't too difficult to reach from there, the 605 Freeway connects to the west side of Long Beach and then you can take the 405 Freeway to the 710 (Long Beach Freeway).

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      1. re: mlgb

        If you are with folks dead-set on going to an outlet you might want to consider the one in City of Industry instead. They have a great selection and it's not so far (depending of course on where in the greater LA area will be your home base.) If you are planning a trip to the Palm Springs desert area then Cabazon is right on your way....otherwise not really.

        1. re: drucie

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