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Mar 31, 2011 12:09 PM

San Diego to La Quinta & Palm Springs

Will be staying in La Quinta for a few days. Any must stop eats along the way or when we get to the area including Palm Sprins/Desert? Not a lot of action on the generic CA board so thought I'd try the experienced San Diegan hounds. Driving route is flexible; we'll go where the tasty is, and we're open to all suggestions. Thanks.

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  1. We head out to Indian Wells/LQ area once a year and we take the Palms to Pines highway which is totally cool drive.
    We eat at the Cahuilla casino..super small and but they usually make a good sandwich and we play $10 at the penny machine and usually win $50+..
    I hit up La Cocina Mex restaurant in Anza on the bay back... it's cheap and good..DH loves their carne asada burrito.

    1. Hey Island and BC, any recs for dinners in the la quinta/palm desert area? Looking for good sit-down mexican, pizza/italian, burgers and other casual stuff. We plan on checking out the 3rd corner outpost too.


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      1. re: sdnativa

        We always go to Las Casuelas in LQ more for the lovely patio, aquarium size marg's and decent Mex..its touristy but with the marachi's playing and the bougainvillea..
        Le Vallauris is my all time favorite place in charming and the patio for lunch or brunch is sublime and the food is excellent.
        Sherman's Deli..great Jewish deli in PS
        Norma's at the Parker for breakfast.
        Cafe Des Beaux-Arts in Palm Desert for French bistro on El Paseo or Cuistot.

        1. re: Beach Chick

          Beach are their any restos you haven't been too?! I was hoping you'd come thru again. Always appreciate your casual recs for those no reservations, but I'm hungry now moments.
          Well i will be a tourist and a marg on a flower filled patio sounds good to me. I miss Casa Bandini for that alone.

          1. re: Island

            ; )
            Las Casuelas Nuevas is in Rancho Mirage with the great patio NOT LQ!
            Kobe Japanese Steak House has decent sushi rolls..happy hour with a large Sapporo.
            Shame on the Moon in Rancho Mirage is a great place too..


          2. re: Beach Chick

            Hey sd..
            Las Casuelas Nuevas with the gorgeous patio is in Rancho Mirage NOT La Quinta..
            The original in PS is lovely too.


          3. My recommendations for PS:

   I like the mussles the best.

   I like the tableside Caesar salad the best.

            They're across the street from each other.

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            1. re: 4wino

              Thanks! I love a great Caesar. Too bad they're not open for lunch.

            2. We just got back from Palm Desert this week (we've been going for about 10 years). On this visit, our favorite places in the valley were Cheeky’s and Grind Brgr Bar in Palm Springs. Cheeky’s serves breakfast and lunch only and has a menu that changes weekly. On the day we were there, the execution of the breakfasts equalled the promise of the menu descriptions (can’t remember what we had…son-in-law picked up the check), except the banana bread we shared at the end, which was a little dry. Grind serves a variety of burgers, including beef (grass fed Tasmanian), buffalo, game, lamb, crab cake, and turkey. Fries were okay, but burgers, onion rings, and drinks were very good. Cheeky’s is on North Palm Canyon Drive across from Copley’s, and Grind is directly above the Chop House (same owners) on South Palm Canyon Drive. The one place I really wanted to try on this trip was 3rd Corner, especially after reading Ed Moore’s blog about the birthing process of the restaurant, but for various reasons we didn’t make it.

              Like Beach Chick, we usually take the Palm to Pines Highway to get to Palm Desert, because it’s about 30 miles shorter than taking the freeways (15, 215, 60, and 10). Also it usually takes us less than 2 1/2 hours from Bonita, even if there’s slow traffic in the mountains, so we don’t stop along the way.

              As an aside, since the closure of Blend in La Quinta, we haven’t found another restaurant in the valley that we like as much. We also can't find Mexican food in the valley that is as good as the places within a 10 mile radius of where we live in Bonita.


              Grind: http://www.restaurantsofpalmsprings.c...

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              1. re: beantowntitletown

                We really miss Blend in La Quinta, by far the best restaurant in the La Quinta, Palm Springs area

                1. re: honkman

                  What about Amore? It can get a little loud but the food and wine list are good.

                2. re: beantowntitletown

                  Thanks for the recs and suggested route. Have you (or anyone else) eaten at any of the restos at the la Quinta Resort? The plan is for a relaxing get away, but if none are worth lifting our dinner forks at I think we can manage to venture out every night.

                  1. re: Island

                    I've stayed at La Quinta resort and its a lovely's been awhile but the golf, dining and drinks were great.
                    Le Vallauris for lunch/brunch out on the patio is sublime..reservations are a must.
                    Have a great relaxing time!

                3. I've not been in ages, but La Mariposa in Palm Springs was/is a great family- run Mexican place- very casual. As I recall, they had a great mole.