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Apr 4, 2010 12:01 AM

Authentic Mexican food in Palm Springs and surrounding cities

Looking for the best Mexican food in the valley. Any price range, hole in the wall, cash only, whatever it takes to get the good stuff. I am more interested in machaca, carnitas, barbacoa,etc. Not looking for a place with cheese enchilada combo plates. (e.g. Las Casuelas)

Thanks in advance fellow chowhounders!

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  1. El Galito in Cathedral City.
    Hole-in-the-wall kind of place that's been there 30+ years. Home style Mexican food and their chips and salsa are addicting as hell. I was a Las Casuelas fan until I found this place.
    Cash only
    Closed Sundays.

    El Gallito Restaurant‎
    68820 Grove Street (set in right off of Hwy 111)
    Cathedral City, CA 92234-1222
    (760) 328-7794‎

    El Gallito Restaurant
    68820 Grove St, Cathedral City, CA 92234

    1. Taqueria Tlaquepaque‎
      650 East Sunny Dunes Road, Palm Springs, CA 92264-8194
      (760) 325-1125‎

      It's a dive but authentic Mexican. They have birria ands sesos among other exotic meats.

      Taqueria Tlaquepaque
      650 E Sunny Dunes Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92264

      1. JJ's Oasis .... North Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs. Excellent sauces & chips. Authentic and reasonable. Killer slow cooked pork (Achiote) in many of the dishes....Try their flan as well.

        1. Head into the center of Cathedral City and stop just about anywhere. Today I had a Fritangas Burritto at the grocery store Cardenas on Date Palm dr. The homemade flour tortilla was filled with carnitas, buche and chuletos. (Sorry for all the bad spelling).
          I also really enjoy the birra tortas dipped in chile sauce at Taquoria de San Miguel also on Date Palm dr.
          Its easy to figure out---There are a ton of older people in Palm Springs. Cathedral City is where the laborers live. The food is the best and soooooo cheap.