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Cheap Eats near the Salton Sea (Palm Springs to El Centro)

corinnerose Oct 21, 2010 09:31 AM

I'll be driving from LA to the Salton Sea in mid-December, and then camping/driving around there for about a week. I'm looking for delicious, inexpensive food in the surrounding areas, from Palm Springs to El Centro. Especially interested in tacos, birria, date shakes, any chinese... or, anything that might be tough to find on the East Coast.

I know some of these topics have been covered in other chowhound posts, but most are not up-to-date, so would love some current recommendations. Thanks!

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    Maggie19 Oct 25, 2010 07:56 AM

    So many ..... In PS -- JJ's Latino - Tyler's Burgers - Shanghai Red's Oyster Bar - Amigo Room (at the Ace Hotel) - Thai Smile - Peabody's - Guacamole's.... Because you're camping, don't forget about the Farmers Market on Saturday mornings (Camelot Theatre parking lot) all kinds of fresh produce/cheese/dates etc.

    Tyler's Burgers
    149 S Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

    Thai Smile
    651 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

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    1. re: Maggie19
      corinnerose Oct 26, 2010 01:15 PM

      Thanks! The farmer's market is an awesome suggestion.

      Any recs for places South of Palm Springs?

      1. re: corinnerose
        PolarBear Oct 26, 2010 03:06 PM

        It's been almost three years, but here's a thread that I posted to on the two places I found in Indio..


        I recall Jackalope Ranch getting some mention, but haven't been.

        Jackalope Ranch Restaurant
        80400 Us Highway 111, Indio, CA

        1. re: PolarBear
          corinnerose Oct 27, 2010 06:02 PM

          Oh, thanks! I hadn't seen that thread and there are some good suggestions there. Have you been back to RIncon Norteno or El Campanario since then?

          El Campanario Restaurant
          44185 Monroe St, Indio, CA 92201

          1. re: corinnerose
            PolarBear Oct 27, 2010 06:09 PM

            Unfortunately no, but both are on my travel list for future visits. Please report back if you try either one.

            1. re: PolarBear
              corinnerose Nov 2, 2010 08:13 AM

              I definitely will!

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      lsla Oct 21, 2010 01:55 PM

      Try a fish taco at Fisherman's Market in Palm Springs (there are a couple of other locations). Make sure you get the Baja style, which are fried. Good stuff!

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