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Recommendations for a dinner pit stop from Downtown LA to Palm Springs

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JudyL Jan 24, 2011 09:17 AM

I'm driving from downtown LA to Palm Springs this afternoon for work, and am not familiar with restaurant options east of SGV. Any good recommendations for a dinner stop somewhere along the 10 or the 60 or in Palm Springs itself? Ethnic and/or unique restaurants a plus. Thanks!

  1. Jordan Jan 24, 2011 10:56 AM

    My pick would be the Wheel Inn, right off the 10 in Cabazon. It's the unassuming-looking "Eats" place next to the giant dinosaur statues. Despite its appearance, the place does fantastic, from-scratch diner-style cooking. Fabulous hot open-faced turkey sandwich, good burgers and fries, ham steak dinner, chicken-fried steak, terrific pies.

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      pringle347 Jan 26, 2011 12:52 PM

      Blue Coyote Grill in Palm Springs....have the Calabacitas soup...it's absolutely AMAZING.

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      Blue Coyote Grill
      445 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

    2. Das Ubergeek Jan 24, 2011 09:46 AM

      Chicago Pasta House in Moreno Valley. Best Chicago pizza in the Southland—blows Tony's out of the water.

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      Chicago Pasta House
      24667 Sunnymead Blvd, Moreno Valley, CA 92553

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        JudyL Jan 24, 2011 09:56 AM

        Awesome! My boyfriend hails from Chicago, so it'll be fun to see how Chicago Pasta House measures up.

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        Chicago Pasta House
        24667 Sunnymead Blvd, Moreno Valley, CA 92553

      2. Professor Salt Jan 24, 2011 09:33 AM

        Well, unless you dislike Chinese food, you'd be missing some of the best you'll find in the country on your drive through Monterey Park, Alhambra, San Gabriel, Arcadia and the other towns in the SGV. Given the choices between dining in that area vs. the road to Palm Springs, I'd choose the SGV hands down.

        Here's a few recent discussions on the SGV to get you started. Let us know if you want more narrowed down recommendations once you grasp the magnitude of ethnic dining options in that area.

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/736931
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/688442
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/688442
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/709328

        I see this if your first post. FYI, ask for Palm Springs recommendations on the California board, because places east of city of San Bernadino are handled on that board.

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          JudyL Jan 24, 2011 09:36 AM

          Thanks for the response and recommendations. I live downtown and grew up in Alhambra, so I'm pretty familiar with SGV options, although this might be a good opportunity to try something off my bucket list that I haven't made it to yet. I'll also post on the California board since we'll be in Palm Springs for 3 days.

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