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Wasn't that impressed with El Gallito (Cathederal City)

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Maybe I expected too much after reading about this place for a long time and finally went there last week on a visit to Palm Springs. I found the Carne Asada tough and without much flavor, and the rice and beans very ordinary. Lots of people like or love this place. What am I missing?

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  1. Haven't been there. But I have a 2nd hand rec for your next trip . . . a friend who visited the area recently recommended Taqueria Sinaloense for fried tripas tacos.

    Taqueria Sinaloense
    73850 California 111
    Palm Desert, CA
    (760) 340-5557

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      Tripas... I confess that you and your friend are a bit more adventurous eaters than I am :-)

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        Melanie, thanks for posting your friend's recommendation. We were running errands near downtown PD today and I stopped into Taqueria Sinaloense to grab a tripas taco. What a treat! Crispy, chewy, porky, and so good! Definitely not an every day dish (cholesterol could get outta hand) but maybe once a week.

        And, Malcolm, totally agree with you on El Gallito. We've been there several times, and, while not bad, not much more than run of the mill. We went to El Perlita last night, based on a mention on another thread and almost 170 favorable posts on yelp, and were pleasantly impressed. Not much atmosphere, but great value/quality ratio. I had (a la carte) shrimp tostada, chile relleno, and 2 lengua tacos, spouse had chicken fajita plate. Everything delicious, service by the family that owns the restaurant exemplary, and the bill, including Belvedere martini and a Jameson, was under $40.

        1. re: beantowntitletown

          Thanks for the tip on La Perlita (not "El" :-) I'll pass that on to my friends who are spending the month in Palm Springs.

          1. re: beantowntitletown

            Well, thank you for giving it a try and reporting in. I don't like to pass on second hand info generally, but in this case, I figure one's only out a couple bucks and time if it didn't pan out. Notice anything else that looked good there?

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Thanks for the correction, Malcolm. I had 'El' on the brain, not only from El Gallito, but also from El Mexicali in Indio, where we were about to go before switching to La Perlita.

              Melanie, the menu is pretty varied, including breakfast, soups, tortas, and mariscos. The pescado frito, lengua torta, carne asada gorditas, shrimp&octopus tostada, and chorizo con huevos look interesting. BTW, I misstated the porkiness of the taco. The flavor probably derived more from the cooking fat (lard?) than the tripas itself. But, the textures combined with the lardiness were awesome. And, they didn't skimp on the tripas, either.

              1. re: beantowntitletown

                Tripas always taste porky to me too even though they're beef marrow gut. Maybe they pick up some lard from the grill. I love the crispiness of well-cooked tripas. I've had two different Mexican cooks tell me that the fat rendered when cooking tripas is the purest type of fat to cook with.