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PALM SPRINGS KEY MAGAZINE - DINING

AMERICAN

The Café at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
84-245 Indio Springs Pkwy.
Indio / 342-5000
Fantasy Springs; 24-hour restaurant has a diverse menu featuring everything from appetizers to desserts. In-between are old favorites such as ham and eggs and California cuisine-style salads, pastas, sandwiches, burgers and entrees such as broiled New York Strip steak. Take I-10 east to Indio, exit at Golf Center Parkway to Indio Springs Parkway.

Cedar Creek Inn - Palm Springs
1555 S. Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs / 325-7300
Cedar Creek Inn has been a culinary landmark in Palm Springs since 1983. A favorite of visitors and area residents alike, Cedar Creek Inn has earned the reputation of “Palm Springs’ Finest Restaurant”. You are invited you to dine in a romantic atmosphere with a unique blend of outstanding service and delicious food. Dine on fresh salmon, prime rib, rack of lamb, chicken, Cobb salad or traditional hamburgers. Savour the luscious, home-made desserts or indulge in the extensive wine list. The “Derby Lounge” offers top live entertainment and dancing ...also outdoor patio dining. Located in the heart of Palm Springs, Cedar Creek Inn is open seven days a week from 11:00 am for lunch and dinner. cedarcreekin@earthlink.net, www.cedarcreekinnps.com

The Inn on El Paseo
(formerly known as C C Inn)
73-445 El Paseo
Palm Desert / 340-1236
Est. 1980, this charming home-style restaurant, known as the El Paseo Restaurant Landmark, features generous portions at very reasonable prices. From the famous Cobb Salad, steaks and chops, pastas, special salads, gourmet soups, fresh fish specials, and the most delicious homemade desserts in the entire desert. Weekend entertainment, and the best bar in the area. Beautiful patios, gracious service, in a home away from home. Open 7 days a week serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Paul & Susan Hayzlett, Proprietors.

Pinnacle Bar & Grill
73-040 El Paseo
(corner Hwy. 74 & El Paseo)
Palm Desert / 346-4644
The Pinnacle Bar & Grill is definitely a “happening” on El Paseo - relax in the casual but elegant atmosphere with superior service and delectable food. The open grill in the kitchen creates fresh, honest food at reasonable prices. Select from thick, juicy steaks (certified Angus Beef@), Prime Rib, freshest Seafood, Rotisserie Chicken, original BBQ Baby Back Ribs, Homemade Pasta, Salads (10 varieties), Burgers, Sandwiches (from chicken lettuce wrap to classic beef dip). A full bar and wine list to compliment your meal. Open 7 days for Lunch and Dinner. Happy Hour 3-6:30 in the bar. Take-Out and catering!!

Rick’s Restaurant
1973 N. Palm Canyon
Palm Springs / 416-0090
A simple family run restaurant that takes only the best ingredients and makes scrumptious home-cooked meals. Finding such a restaurant is one of life’s simple pleasures ...and Rick’s Restaurant is it! The specialties you can only find at Rick’s - like the meats, Rick himself prepares on the premises - the huge, hot fluffy cinnamon rolls are made from scratch, the unforgettable sauces and the best home-made soups in the valley. You will find them all at Rick’s Restaurant. Bring the kids or grand kids and get a toy from the “Treasure Chest”. Whether you crave a full breakfast or a hot and hearty lunch, nothing beats Rick’s. Open daily 7 am to 3 pm, breakfast and lunch.

CONTINENTAL

The Bistro at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
84-254 Indio Springs Pkwy.
Indio / 342-5000
The Bistro at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino is a classy, intimate 115-seat restaurant serving lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, dinner starting at 5 p.m. daily, with seating inside and outside adjacent to the Resort’s new pool. The desert’s newest eatery features an exhibition kitchen, five-seat sushi bar, the Kobe beef burger, Lobster pizza, Rotisserie chicken, seared Salmon and much more. Hours: daily for lunch from 11 a.m. and dinner from 5 to 10 p.m.

DELI

Sherman’s Delicatessen & Bakery
401 Tahquitz Canyon
(across from the Hilton)
Palm Springs / 325-1199.
Country Club & Monterey
Palm Desert / 568-1350
The breakfast, lunch and dinner menu features almost every traditional item available including chopped liver, latkes, Chicago knockwurst, sweet & sour cabbage soup, brisket, pastrami, and corned beef as well as Rib Eye Steak, BBQ Baby Back Ribs and Rotisserie Chicken. The breakfasts are simple or sumptuous, and the coffee is so delicious (their own blend) you will want a second cup. The Bakery-on-the-premises features fresh breads BAKED DAILY plus delicious pastries and cakes. Open 7 days 7 a.m.-9 pm.

FRENCH/CONTINENTAL

The Nest
75-188 Hwy. 111
Indian Wells / 346-2314
A cozy European bistro and a beloved desert landmark for more than 34 years. The Nest also is a favorite for celebrities who join in extemporaneously at the piano bar. Serving favorites from France, Italy and Switzerland as well as New York steak and other American dishes, excellent veal entrees, sweetbreads, chicken, fish escargot and frog legs. The piano bar in the lounge and fireplace in the dining room make this one of the most popular spots in the Desert. Dinner served from 5 pm. Thurs-Fri-Sat during the summer. Outdoor “smoking section”. www.thenestindianwell.com.

INTERNATIONAL

The Fresh Grill Buffet at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
84-254 Indio Springs Pkwy.
Indio / 342-5000
The Fresh Grill Buffet at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino is the desert’s newest quality buffet is open daily for lunch and dinner with a
Champagne brunch on weekend mornings. The Fresh Grill Buffet has 240 seats, including dining alfresco, and features several interactive cooking stations serving Italian, Mexican, Asian, American and Brazilian cuisine. Salad and dessert bars round out the “fresh” international dining experience. All beverages are complimentary. Full bar service also is available. Hours: Lunch —11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; Dinner nightly - 4:30 to 10 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday Champagne Brunch - 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

ITALIAN

Castelli’s
73-098 Hwy. 111
Palm Desert / 773-3365
This authentic award-winning restaurant, serving Northern Italian Cuisine, is in it’s 15th great season. Owners Michael and John Castelli invite you to dine in an elegant and romantic atmosphere with a unique blend of outstanding service and great food. Patio dining is also available. The menu offers fresh pastas, veal, seafood, beef and chicken. full bar and extensive wine list. Live entertainment with “Joe Jaggi” in the piano bar. this is a must stop for great desert dining. Dinner from 5:30 p.m. Call for reservations.

Devane’s
80-755 Highway 111
West Indio / 342-5009
Owners William Devane & son Josh Devane invite you to enjoy great Italian food and his warm desert-casual atmosphere. Enjoy Italian family dining indoors or on the beautiful garden patio. Select from pasta, pizza, chicken, beef, veal, seafood and baked dishes. And don’t forget to save room for desert. Open 7 nights, early bird dinner from 5-6 pm. Banquet facilites available. Call for reservations.

Ristorante Mamma Gina
73-705 El Paseo,
Palm Desert / 568-9898
“A breath of Tuscany on El Paseo” is how 2002 Zagat Survey rated Ristorante Mamma Gina. Family owned and serving the desert for 17 years, the Pierattoni family mantra is “Use only the best and don’t change authentic recipes”. Only olive oil is used for cooking. There is a bounty of skillfully prepared grilled fishes, poultry, meats and several pasts and risotto dishes. Full service bar and extensive wine list. The atmosphere is sunny, desert casual attire is acceptable. Convenient Valet parking

JAPANESE

Tanpopo - Japanese
Country Inn
72-221 Hwy.111
Palm Desert / 340-1901
Delight in the taste of the Orient in this charming restaurant featuring Tempura & Sushi, a casual dining room and cook your own dinner at the BBQ grill. Enjoy authentic Japanese cuisine with popular specialties such as their Combination Tanpopo Boat. Also, Tempura, Sukiyaki, Shabushabu, Udon and Soba. Open daily for dinner, lunch Mon.-Fri. Happy Hour 5 pm-6 pm. Late night Sushi Fri. & Sat. 11 pm-1:30 am. Early Bird Specials 5:00-6:30 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 5:00-6:00 p.m. Fri. & Sat. www.tanpopo.com.

MEXICAN

Las Casuelas Nuevas
70-050 Hwy. 111
Rancho Mirage / 328-8844
Dine under the stars on the most beautiful garden patio north of Mexico City or inside in their stunning hacienda-style restaurant. Specialties include crab enchiladas, pollo en mole, spicy port fajitas and the Pueblo Margarita. Try the new lighter and vegetarian selections. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Sunday Champagne Brunch (with strolling Mariachi) is served from 10 am to 2 pm. Nightly entertainment. Tues.-Sun. Join the fun at the hottest new latin club “CARAMBA’S” at Las Casuelas Nuevas. Reservations suggested.

Las Casuelas Quinta
Hwy 111 & Washington
La Quinta / 777-7715
Located at the corner of Hwy 111 and Washington in La Quinta, Las Casuelas Quinta offers lunch, dinner, and late night fare including live entertainment and dining under the tropical palapa patio. The Delgado family is proud to serve your favorite classics along with their new signature dishes. Open daily at 10:30am. There is something for all the senses at Las Casuelas Quinta.

STEAKHOUSE

Players Steakhouse at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
84-245 Indio Springs Pkwy.
Indio / 342-5000
Our newly-remodeled Players Steakhouse is your destination for dinner five nights a week (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays). We feature only the highest quality dry-aged corn fed Midwestern beef. The ambience is casual elegance at its best and our wine selections and prices are the best Coachella Valley has to offer. Our new menu contains great selections to make you return again and again. Hours: 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

THAI

Pepper’s Thai Cuisine
495 N. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs / 322-1259
Thai food is fascinating, combining French, Polynesian and Asian influences. What makes Pepper’s Thai Cuisine so appealing is the authentic use of herbs, spices and seasonings. Enjoy authentic beef, chicken, pork, seafood and gourmet vegetarian dishes. All dishes are made to order so spiciness can be adjusted to suit individual tastes. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner: 11:30-3:00 and 5:00-10:00


     
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