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We're escaping Toronto for 9 nights over Christmas and New Years and have made reservations at the following restaurants. I would welcome any comments (and critiques!) as well as a suggestion for a LOW KEY restaurant for dinner on NYE in Palm Springs.

Due to my partner's physical limitations, we need to be able to make reservations and can't do places with bar seating or communal tables. Would have loved to try a Roy Choi place, but I couldn't find any that would work for us.

December 25 - Want easy and close by (staying in Westwood), so if Shamshiri Grill is open, that's where we're going. Otherwise, it will be The Backyard in our hotel (W L.A.).

December 26 - AOC. Having enjoyed Lucques a few times over the years, wanted to give this place a try.

December 27 - Pizzeria Mozza. Going here based mostly on the chopped salad (which is hard to find in Canada), though we have generally enjoyed the rest of the food as well.

December 28 - Manhattan Beach Post, based mostly on recommendations and a decent looking cocktail list.

December 29 - Bestia. Been reading too much about this place not to try it. And wanted to compare it for ourselves to Pizzeria Mozza.

December 30. Workshop Kitchen & Bar (PS). Once again, based on recommendations and a decent looking cocktail list (notice a theme?)

December 31 - suggestions, please for somewhere downtown Palm Springs. We thought of Matchbox, but didn't have a great meal there last time. Also looked at Trio, Spencers, and Tinto, but none of them would work (Trio is a set menu, Spencers didn't look interesting and Tinto would require a cab).

January 1. Birba (PS). Menu seemed interesting.

January 2 - back in LA and no plans yet.

Thanks for any feedback!

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  1. "Would have loved to try a Roy Choi place, but I couldn't find any that would work for us."
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    I love the food at A-Frame. It could work for you if you go around opening time (5pm nighty)
    http://aframela.com/new/

    You might want to consider adding Animal, Son of A Gun or Gjelina to your list.

    1. In Palm Springs a great hole in the wall Mexican place down Sunny Dunes is Tlaquepaque, very reasonably priced food. It’s truly a local’s spot, with tasty burritos filled with Carne Asada, Pastor, chicken, rice and beans and more. Other menu specialties include Menudo, Tortas and an assortment of savory shrimp and seafood dishes. Really good.

      1. Not sure whether, by "low ley" you mean quiet or inexpensive; if the former (because it is certainly not the latter), I have always enjoyed La Vallauris in Palm Springs. Excellent food and pretty restaurant with good service.

        For a Roy Choi place, Sunny Spot in MDR might work as it takes reservations and offers regular (non-communal) tables and, if need be, ramp access.

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        1. re: New Trial

          I think that the food is much better at A-frame

          1. re: wienermobile

            While I agree, the OP specifically stated: "Due to my partner's physical limitations, we need to be able to make reservations and can't do places with bar seating or communal tables." A Frame misses on both counts.

            1. re: New Trial

              A frame does have regular tables and as I stated go at opening and you are seated right away

              1. re: wienermobile

                All of the tables are communal at A Frame, not just the long ones. If your party does not take up the entire table and the place is crowded, you are likely to be sitting with people you don't know--that is part of the fun of the place for many of us but is not something everybody enjoys.

        2. I agree with La Vallauris, also, Mr Parkers is close to downtown in the Parker Hotel.

          1. Thanks for all of the suggestions!