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Feb 11, 2005 01:10 PM

Help With My Restaurant Choices for Palm Springs

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Greetings Chowhounds. You guys have helped me out with dining choices in New York, Los Angeles and Montreal. Now I need some help for Palm Springs, CA.

I'm planning a trip there for Feb 17 to Feb 21. My objective is to find creative/inventive food at reasonable prices. But I'm not opposed to paying more for something truly great.

Based on your board postings and what I've discovered on the internet, I've made dinner reservations at the following restaurants: John Henry's, Roppongi, Zin and Omri & Boni. I am also considering Citron, Piero's Acqua Pazza, Ristorante Mamma Gina and Desert Sage as other alternatives for dinner. Any input about these places or other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Additionally, I'm hoping to check out some of these places for breakfast or lunch: El Mirasol, Foster's Old Fashion Freeze, Hadley Orchards, La Palapa, Papa Dan's, Taqueria San Miguel, Babe's Restaurant, Tootie's BBQ, Zio Lorenzo Ristorante, Sheman's Deli, Louise's Pantry and Elmer's. Any input about these places or other suggestions would be appreciated as well.

Thanks in advance for your help and if you ever need help with restaurants in Chicago, please let me know

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  1. Pretty good list. I would add Johanne's in Palm Springs. Wally's Desert Turtle ($$$$$) is excellent. Sullivan's Steak House in Palm Desert is a local favorite. Jillian's is as well.

    Don't miss going to Sherman's Deli in Palm Desert for Breakfast...Head and Shoulders the best on your list.

    Babe's is good for lunch...great sweet potatoe fries.

    1. I've lived in the area for over twenty years and I'm not that familiar with some of the places mentioned. Of course the area is abundant with many places to eat, and they're always changing from year to year. Good standbys however, at least for locals: El Mirasol for Mexican, good for lunch but better for dinner. Nice local crowd. John Henry's, OK, use to be real good, haven't been there in a long time. Mama Gina, good, can be expensive; good location on El Paseo in Palm Desert. Babe's if you like their sauce, I don't, and if you like paying over twenty bucks for ribs. Hadley's, forget it, just a stop out of town with lousy sandwiches, really more about fruits and nuts; Sherman's is ok but for "deli" Manhattan of the Desert is much better.Louise's Pantry...... people love but I dont' get it, it's like eating in the mid west, lost of gravy on everything. The others I'm not sure, haven't heard of them and I eat out a lot.

      Personal favorites: P.F. Chang for Chinese, it's reasonable and fun; Roy's (Hawaiian "fusion") interesting food but can be expensive. Again,El Mirasol, good Mexican and great Margaritas; speaking of which stay away from Las Consuelas, both in Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage. California Pizza Kitchen, I know they're a chain but still good, love the Chocolate Soufle thing. Cuisto has gotten mixed reviews, I hear it's not cheap but can be good,the old place was. Haven't been there yet but love the building. Le Vallauris in Palm Springs, very good but expensive, sometimes celebrity sightings. IF nice eat out side.

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        Johanne Dictor

        Try Manhattan in the Desert rather than Sherman's.


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        1. re: Johanne Dictor
          torta basilica

          I think they're both pretty darn good!

        2. P.F. Chang's is a major disappointment, if you really enjoy real Chinese food. Mediocre service and mediocre food (at best).

          1. Note the original post is from almost two years ago. Wangs in the Desert is the best Chinese restaurant in Palm Springs.