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Road Trip LA to Palm Springs Eating Extravaganza-which were our favorites

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I wanted to thank all the folks who contributed great ideas for our road trip "noshing journey" between LA and Palm Springs. We had a great trip and had some great trips.

Our first stop on the way out of LA on Tuesday was lunch at the Nickel Diner:

Nickel Diner
524 S. Main St.,
Los Angeles, CA 90012

www.nickeldiner.com

We had heard the hype on 3D(Diners, Drive-ins etc.) about the Bacon Donut and had to give it a whirl. It is actually pretty good-the flavors work really well together-like eating maple syrup with your bacon and pancakes. The donut was cold however and I wondered what it might be like warm-probably yummier I think. I would give it a B+ I guess.

I had the pulled pork sandwich which I thought and my hubby had the grilled veggie sandwich which was also good-although be forewarned, has a pretty intense pepper flavor. I had the onion rings and he had the fries-both of which I thought were really good-not greasy and spectacular with the chipotle aioli.

Okay, so the first offical PS meal was dinner that night was at Restaurante Guillermo's in Palm Desert:

Restaurante Guillermo's
www.guillermosrestaurante.com

72850 El Paseo
Palm Desert, CA 92260-3302
(760) 341-0980

We are always looking for a good "sit-down" Mexican place with good margaritas, and this place qualified. We enjoyed it although thought it was a bit pricey. We split the mussels as an appetizer which were really good and first time I had had them prepared in a Mexican style. To follow we split the camarones mojo del ajo and the carnitas. Very good but not the best we ever had I guess. But the margaritas were large and strong so I guess that helped with the sticker shock of the check!

The next morning we went to Pinocchio in the Desert. I thought that was the most disappointing meal we had-really pretty average pancakes, eggs etc. Kind of cold toast and little jelly packets-I wouldn't go back.

Lunch was at Monsoon
555 S Sunrise Way
Palm Springs, CA 92264-7885
(760) 325-2700

We were actually on our way to Nina's Pita and Pizza but got allured over by the buffet deal. It was good but nothing out of the ordinary.

Dinner that night was at Roscoes Grill for the Early dining special a 3 course meal for around $20

Dinner Roscoe Grill Early Bird 4:30-6:30pm Daily
665 South Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs CA 92264
www.roscoegrill.com

I had the southern fried chicken which was very good and my husband had the Salmon which was just so-so. The Caesar salad was terrific however complete with chilled plates and forks! And the triple chocolate cake was killer though I confess I couldn't finish it by that time! BTW, there are tons of early bird specials and 3 course specials at the moment in the valley so a great deal to take advantage of if you don't mind eating early.

Okay-the final stretch. The next day we ate breakfast at Cheekys-our favorite breakfast by a long shot. A terrific place:

Cheeky’s

622 North Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 327-7595

Somebody on the board said it best, "Their huevos rancheros are other-worldly - as are their pastries".

We had cinnamon roll-which was really good-no nuts thank you and no heavy frosting, just moist wonderful rolled dough with plenty of sugar and cinnamon!! And the huevos were terrific-subtle smokey flavored salsa and perfectly cooked eggs. I had the bacon flight which was 5 strips of bacon-one jalapeno, one apple wood smoked, one maple, etc. It was really really good. Next time breakfast will only be at Cheeky's!

Lunch was at Monsoon Indian

Monsoon
555 S Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, CA
(760) 325-2700‎

We actually were going to go next door to Nina's Pita and Pizza but got sidetracked by the buffet. It was good but no better than ordinary in my opinion.

Dinner was at Matchbox Pizza Bistro-another killer deal if you go early.

155 S Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262-8300
(760) 778-6000‎
matchboxpalmsprings.com

They have these bar deals like $4 well drinks and beer and then $6 salad and $6 cheese pizza with $2 add on toppings or something around those prices. Anyway, we split a salad and made a pizza with meatballs and carmalized onions and had a couple beers and got out of there for under $25 with tip I think-really a good meal as well. Thin light wood fire pizza and an excellent salad with balsamic dressing. Well worth the stop.

Lunch was in Joshua Tree at the Royal Siam

Royal Siam Thai Restaurant
61599 29 Palms Hwy
Phone: (760)366-2923

Very good lunch deals-$7 for egg roll, soup and curry specials-I had a red chicken curry and my husband had the pork with basil. Both were good. The standout was the soup-it was a typical inclusive veggie based soup but had this nice star anise flavor that was quite unusual and good. I also like the fact that they had a nice chili condiment tray so I could get my fill of the little thai peppers in fish sauce. So definitely worth a lunch stop if you are in the area. JTYH Restaurant

JTYH Restaurant
9425 valley blvd. Rose, Mead CA

We had the Lamb Noddle Soup which was good and the Moo Shu Noodles which were good but I think next time I would choose one or the other-it is easy to get noddled out here. The little starter they give you, the chili celery is strangely addictive-but I was less hot on the beef pancake. I thought it was kind of greasy. But I liked the place and I am sure we will make the trek east again some day soon!

Thanks again for all the great suggestions-we are going to make another trip to try some of the other places before the PS high season really starts!.

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  1. Thanks for reporting back! I'm glad you liked JTYH, and I'll probably try Cheeky's based on your rec.