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The Indy Endorsement

18 Oct 2017
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What: El Cubano Where: Chef Tanya’s Kitchen, 706 S. Eugene Road, Palm Springs How much: $9.50 Contact: 760-832-9007; Why: It is a tasty creation all its own. As I ordered my El Cubano sandwich at gourmet vegan restaurant Chef Tanya’s Kitchen, the woman taking my order asked if it was my first time at the restaurant. “Yep!” I said. “Oh, you’re going to love it!” said the woman behind me. As I waited for my to-go order—all of the limited seating space was taken—we chatted a bit. I told her I was trying Chef Tanya’s Kitchen—the newest endeavor of…
11 Oct 2017
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What: The Sushi Boat Where: Hamachi Sushi, 31855 Date Palm Drive, No. 11, Cathedral City How much: $14.99 Contact: 760-832-6160; Why: It’s a great value—and it’s delicious. It was a Friday, around lunchtime. I was at Date Palm Drive and Ramon Road in Cathedral City to check the Independent’s mailbox. That morning, I’d sent the October issue to press, and after a long week of editing and ad-wrangling and pagination, I was tired and hungry. After getting my mail at the UPS Store, I wandered a few doors down to Hamachi Sushi. I’d never eaten there before, and fresh…
21 Sep 2017
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What: The tower of avocado and tuna tartare Where: Lulu California Bistro, 200 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; also at Acqua California Bistro, 71800 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage How much: $14.99; $9.99 at the bar (all-day happy hour) Contact: Lulu: 760-327-5858,; Acqua: 760-862-9800; Why: It is a delicious deal! Barbara and Jerry Keller have created an undeniably successful restaurant formula: Take a large space; make that space gorgeous (including great patio seating); offer a variety of consistent, decently priced food; also offer some great prix-fixe and happy hour deals; and be fantastic members of the community. It…
14 Sep 2017
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What: The lunch special Where: Joyce’s Sushi, 36101 Bob Hope Drive, No. E1, Rancho Mirage How much: $13.95 with three choices (as shown); $11.95 with two Contact: 760-202-8186; Why: It is tasty—and provides useful information. Whenever I visit a “normal” Japanese restaurant for the first time, I find it helpful to order a bento box. This allows me to sample a variety of the restaurant’s fare, while giving me information on the restaurant’s overall quality, and an idea of what I might want to order next time. This is not a perfect system. For example, on my recent, initial…
28 Aug 2017
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What: The fish and chips Where: Atlantic Fish and Chips, 73850 Highway 111, Suite B, Palm Desert How much: Mini (two pieces, as shown) is $7.99 Contact: 760-568-5066 Why: It’s a near-perfect version of the classic platter. Atlantic Fish and Chips has been around for many years; it was fast casual before fast casual was cool, in fact. However, I’d never managed to make it there myself—that is, until I found myself near the hole-in-the-wall restaurant at lunch time on a recent weekday. It was time for me to devour some fried food, and Atlantic indeed offers all sorts of…
10 Aug 2017
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What: The Tuna Hana bowl Where: Pokehana, 78742 Highway 111, Suite A, La Quinta How much: $11.95 Contact: 760-564-0004; Why: It’s a tasty (and trendy) treat. Another trendy food has come to the Coachella Valley—in a big way. A year or two ago, if a desert denizen was craving poke—a Hawaiian-style bowl or salad starring raw fish—said denizen was most likely out of luck. However, that’s not the case today, thanks to a handful of new poke places—including Pokehana, which opened its doors in La Quinta just before the start of the new year. I recently stopped by Pokehana…
18 Jul 2017
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What: The Super Cheesy Nachos Where: Blackbook, 315 E. Arenas Road, Palm Springs How much: $10; $14 with carne asada (as shown) or marinated chicken Contact: 760-832-8497; Why: This is an elevated version of a bar-food classic. Blackbook has only been open for a couple of months in the old Café Palette space, but its take on elevated bar food has already developed quite a following. Salads, tacos, burgers, fries and even a jacked-up hot dog are all on Blackbook’s menu—but I’d been hearing quite a lot about two of Blackbook’s offerings: the fried chicken sandwich ($12; you pick…
11 Jul 2017
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What: The jamón Iberico Where: Counter Reformation, inside the Parker Palm Springs, 4200 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs How much: $14 Contact: 760-770-5000; Why: It’s a treat in every sense of the word. I was fortunate enough to spend several days in Barcelona at the end of a cruise a while back—and during those several days, I enjoyed some of the best food I’ve ever had. I was reminded of those glorious meals one recent late afternoon when I met friend and colleague Kevin at Counter Reformation, a hidden gem of a wine bar tucked inside the Parker…
21 Jun 2017
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What: The Don Veto sandwich Where: Larry’s Gourmet Market, 2781 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs How much: $7.99 (8 inches); $12.99 (12 inches). Contact: 760-832-7188; Why: It’s a damn good sandwich. From North Palm Canyon Drive, Larry’s Gourmet Market does not look like much. I’ve zoomed by the reddish brick-walled building many times and have never really given it a first thought, let alone a second one. However, I once overheard someone raving about the sandwiches there. Then a friend sang those sandwiches’ praises to me. Thus, I decided it was time to check out Larry’s for myself.…
15 Jun 2017
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What: The kimchi jji-gae Where: Umami Seoul, 67555 E. Palm Canyon Drive, No. A-105, Cathedral City How much: $14.99 Contact: 760-202-0144; Why: The variety of flavors and textures. I’ve had many good meals at 67555 E. Palm Canyon Drive, No. A-105, in Cathedral City. For years, that was the home of Thai Kitchen 1, my favorite neighborhood Thai restaurant. I was heartbroken last summer when I tried to call in an order of food to go—and got the “this number has been disconnected” recording. However, the fact that Umami Seoul is now occupying the space is making me feel…