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Cheap and good in Palm Springs?

Vaya Con Carne Mar 18, 2009 09:15 AM

Going to PS soon after an absence of several years. I know there's been a lot of high-end restaurants that have opened up, but I don't do high end - I'm a dive/ethnic eatery fan.

My favorite place out there has always been the Indian restaurant in the north side of town, but I'm looking for a few other suggestions. A place for a hearty, non-sweet (think omelettes) breakfast would be great, but I'd love to hear other suggestions too. Thanks!

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    50sGuy Mar 23, 2009 04:58 PM

    For a dive, try Shanghai Red's, hidden behind the Fisherman's Market on Indian Canyon. Try the lamb chop appetizer and/or the fish tacos.

    El Gallito in Cathedral City is a decent little Mexican place.

    Pomme Frite, on Palm Canyon downtown, has some fine mussels and good people-watching at reasonable prices

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    1. re: 50sGuy
      sbritchky Mar 23, 2009 10:48 PM

      According to roadfood.com (and the Roadfood books over the years), El Gallito is a real find, "Worth planning a day around." Hah! Only if your alternative is to spend the day scraping wads of chewing gum from elementary-school desks. I agree with 50sGuy. It's "a decent little Mexican place" but nothing more.

      1. re: sbritchky
        RBCal Mar 24, 2009 07:05 AM

        I like El Gallito but not Pomme Frite.

        Pomme Frite may be okay for mussels and Belgian beer but I felt ripped off there, over $20 for 4 medium sized scallops and crappy service is too much.

        Another Mexican dive with good food is
        Taqueria Tlaquepaque
        650 E Sunny Dunes Rd # 5
        Palm Springs, CA 92264
        (760) 325-1125

        1. re: RBCal
          Vaya Con Carne Mar 24, 2009 09:21 AM

          Taqueria Tlaquepaque is a new one for me - looking forward to checking it out.

        2. re: sbritchky
          Vaya Con Carne Mar 24, 2009 09:20 AM

          Ha! I've been to El Gallito and I like it, but I agree - it's most definitely not a destination restaurant. Perfectly adequate, though, and I'll probably go there on my upcoming trip.

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        RBCal Mar 19, 2009 07:38 AM

        Rick's is good for breakfast. It is on Palm Canyon on the north end of town.

        Sherman's deli is good for lunch.

        Some people like the Rock Garden. It is very cheap and has a breakfast buffet. I think its just okay.

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        1. re: RBCal
          Vaya Con Carne Mar 19, 2009 07:39 AM

          Thanks, I'd forgotten about Rick's - probably the best breakfast option in the area, if I remember correctly.

        2. sbritchky Mar 18, 2009 11:40 AM

          I'm not ready to write a full report yet, because I've only been once, but I will say that The Cowboy Way bbq place at 317 N. Indian Canyon Drive had surprisingly good brisket and, especially, pulled pork when I stopped by recently. Both were tender and relatively juicy, and the pork had nice pieces of burnt ends (but could use more). The sauce was also good, but I'd advise asking for it on the side.

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          1. re: sbritchky
            Vaya Con Carne Mar 19, 2009 06:10 AM

            Thanks sbritchky! This sounds like a good option.

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