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The Indy Endorsement

14 Mar 2019
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What: The famous truffle tots Where: Heirloom Craft Kitchen, 49990 Jefferson St., No. 100, Indio How much: $6; $4 when added to an entrée Contact: 760-773-2233; heirloomcraftkitchen.com Why: The crispiness, the seasoning and the sauces. Andie Hubka is one of the valley’s most talented restaurateurs. More than six years ago, she opened the fun and stylish dinner restaurant Cork and Fork in La Quinta; then early last year, she opened Heirloom Craft Kitchen, a fast-casual joint serving brunch, lunch and dinner in Indio. As justifiably acclaimed as Cork and Fork is, Hubka really outdid herself with Heirloom: It’s more accessible…
08 Mar 2019
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What: The Reuben Where: Wexler’s Deli at Arrive Palm Springs, 1551 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs How much: $17 Contact: 760-507-1640; wexlersdeli.com/wexlers-arrive-palm-springs Why: It’s a top-notch sandwich. When it was announced that Wexler’s—a Jewish-style deli with three popular Los Angeles-area locations—would be taking over the main restaurant space at the Arrive Hotel, I was excited. After all, there’s a serious demand here for the type of food served at Wexler’s “Have you ever tried to get a table at Sherman’s in Palm Springs at noon on a Saturday during season?” I wrote. Since the fall 2018 opening, however, I…
14 Feb 2019
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What: The French onion soup Where: Bongo Johnny’s Patio Bar and Grill, 301 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Suite 200, Palm Springs How much: $3.95 for a cup; $6.95 for a bowl Contact: 760-318-3960; www.bongojohnnys.com Why: It’s delicious, pure and simple. Before I begin extolling the deliciousness of the French onion soup at Bongo Johnny’s, I should explain that this restaurant holds a special place in my heart. You see, Bongo Johnny’s supports many of the same causes I do—the Desert AIDS Project, for example, via Dining Out for Life. It’s also an active member of the Desert Business Association (of…
06 Feb 2019
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What: The mac and cheese egg rolls Where: Bubba’s Bones and Brews, 68525 Ramon Road, No. A101, Cathedral City How much: $7.95 Contact: 760-699-7231; bubbasbonesandbrews.com Why: It’s decadent and delicious. You know that feeling when you see something on a restaurant menu, and you think, “Holy hell, that sounds amazing, and I MUST have it!”? Well, that’s how I felt when I saw the words “Mac and Cheese Egg Roll” on the menu at Bubba’s, the barbecue place—in a Cathedral City strip mall—that’s been winning over fans due to its delicious meats and impressive beer selection. It was my first…
09 Jan 2019
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What: The chicken chiles Agave Where: Fresh Agave Mexican Bar and Grill, 73325 Highway 111, Palm Desert How much: $12.50 Contact: 760-836-9028; www.freshagavemexicanbarandgrill.com Why: The sauce ties it all together. It wasn’t supposed to be my entrée. I was having my monthly meeting with Independent contributor Kevin Fitzgerald, and I wasn’t sure what I wanted for lunch. I hadn’t been to Fresh Agave before, and I wanted to give the place a try, given how well it does in our Best of Coachella Valley readers’ poll every year. I intended to get a couple of items to try; because of…
04 Jan 2019
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What: The house turkey club Where: Carousel Bakery, 440 S. El Cielo Road, No. 5, Palm Springs How much: $9.99 Contact: 760-699-5006; carouselbakeryps.com Why: It’s mostly made in-house. I’ve pledged to substantially cut my carbohydrate intake in 2019—and places like Carousel Bakery are making it very difficult for me to keep this pledge. Pretty much everything Carousel makes is carbs … and pretty much everything Carousel makes is delicious. On a recent visit to Carousel (at which I’d decided to completely and totally throw the diet out the figurative window, obviously), I decided to get the house turkey club sandwich…
13 Dec 2018
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What: The Meatloaf Sandwich Meal Where: The Desert Queen. 35400 Date Palm Drive, Cathedral City How much: $10.99 Contact: 442-615-0344; thedesertqueen1.com Why: It mended my broken heart. When the server came to take my order, she broke my heart. My heart was set on having biscuits and gravy. I’d seen a couple of online raves about this down-home dish at The Desert Queen, a new Southern-style restaurant in Cathedral City, and as lunchtime approached, biscuits and gravy sounded freaking amazing. So I put The Desert Queen’s address in my GPS, and off I went. After I arrived and seated myself,…
05 Dec 2018
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What: The cinnamon brown sugar breakfast tart Where: Wilma and Frieda’s, 155 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; also at 73575 El Paseo Drive, Palm Desert How much: $4.95 Contact: 760-992-5080 (Palm Springs); 760-773-2807 (Palm Desert); wilmafrieda.com Why: They’re delicious—and very affordable. When I heard that Wilma and Frieda’s was going to be taking over the former location of The Falls—one of the most beautiful restaurant spaces in the valley, overlooking the La Plaza area in downtown Palm Springs—I was elated. For five years, Wilma and Frieda’s, located on El Paseo in Palm Desert, has been serving up some of…
16 Nov 2018
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What: The spiced Jurgielewicz duck Where: 4 Saints, inside the Kimpton Rowan Hotel, 100 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs How much: $37 Contact: 760-392-2020; www.4saintspalmsprings.com Why: The nuance. Sometimes when I’m hungry, I want to head to the civilized human equivalent of a feed trough and eat. Other times, I want something a little more refined … nuanced … special. Enter 4 Saints, the gorgeous restaurant on the top floor of the year-old Kimpton Rowan Hotel in downtown Palm Springs. I’ve dined there twice now—twice a year is about what my finances will allow—and both times, I have been…
08 Nov 2018
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What: The weekday lunch buffet Where: Emperor Buffet, 69600 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage How much: $9.99 Contact: 760-328-9200 Why: It’s cheap with a lot of delicious stuff. I know that some of you have read the headline and instantly determined that I must have lost my damn mind. Is he really giving the high honor of an Indy Endorsement to a free-standing Asian buffet in Rancho Mirage?! Why, yes, indeed I am. Here’s why. I concede that not everything available at Emperor Buffet is great … or even good. The desserts, for example, are bleh, and the sesame chicken—one of…

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