Chowders was very cute, well kept and clean. The staff was friendly and helpful.
Favorite Dish: Of course Hans and I had the chowder in a sourdough bread bowl which is a must when you visit Fisherman's Wharf. It was thick and creamy and absolutely delicious.
Here's my list of favorite places to eat while in the Palm Springs' Area:
1. St. James at The Vineyard
265 South Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA
(International gourmet cuisine)
2. 29 Palms Cafe
Spotlight 29 Casino
Exit 1-10 at Dillon
(Surf & Turf on Sundays through Thursdays from four until eleven. Six ounce New York Steak and a 3.5 ounce Lobster tail, soup or salad, vegetable and baked potato for $8.95 per person!)
3. Cedar Creek Inn
1555 South Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA
("Gismo Special" for $17.95 is a four-course meal which includes one glass of wine, beer, or softdrink, a salad and soup, prime rib or chicken, or salmon, or lamb, or beef tenderloin or green mussles on linguini, and apple crisp or Toll House Pie or Lemon Lush.)
4. Las Casuelas Terraza
222 South Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA
(Mexican restaurant that has been here for 25 years. Great margaritas, and they have live music every night!)
80-755 Highway 111
( William Devane own this great Italian restaurant with family style service. Always save room for dessert)
Favorite Dish: There are many more marvelous restaurants in this area. But it's fun to discover for yourself.
Desiree and Friedrich are the owners of this popular restaurant in Palm Springs since 1983.
I think Cedar Creek Inn is popular because of the freshly prepared meals that are reasonably priced. You can always know that it's a great place to eat if the locals and visitors both eat there.
Both lunch and dinner are served and at each there are specials offered. In addition, there are Early Bird specials each day. They are quite famous for their wonderful Sunday brunch. However, they are most famous for their homemade desserts, which are incredible. Save room!
At lunch, they have fashion shows, which many of the local women attend.
There is a beautiful heated outdoor patio, which is quite romantic.
They provide plenty of free parking; they provide live entertainment each night and offer daily Happy Hour with drink specials in the Derby Lounge.
They have a brisk business in takeout with their full menu available.
The staff is efficient and friendly as well as helpful.
Favorite Dish: To be honest, I have to say that my favorite food at Cedar Creek Inn is definitely their yummy desserts. I cannot even select one over another; all of their desserts are rich, fresh, and mouth-watering.
We went to the Imax and Pickfair Theater in Cathedral City, California, and walked to a great restaurant called RED TOMATO.
After being seated, we were served focaccia bread, fresh from the oven and garlic and herb butter to go with it. Then Panzanela relish also accompanied it.
It's a quaint place, rather dark inside with lots of beautiful wood, and a massasive amount of framed photographs and artifacts to entertain you while you wait. It's a large menu with plenty of choices. All entrees were served with your choice of House Soup or House Salad.
There was an Early Bird dinner between 5:00 and 6:30 p.m. where every dinner was $2.00 less.
$3.00 plate fee is charged for adults who split a meal. There is no charge for two children splitting a regular entree.
This used to be the Original House of Lamb, and the menu reflects that with a page of "Original House of Lamb Specialties."
Favorite Dish: Allan loves Lamb, and so he order from the Original House of Lamb Specialties. His choice was called Toska Experience which is an entree that combines Shkodra (roast lamb) and Elbasan (spicy lamb). They were seasoned to perfection. Allan also had their famous cabbage base salad with 21 spices, fresh baked bread and garlic herb butter.
I love Pizza, so I ordered from the regular menu. I ordered a small 6" pizza with mushrooms, onions, cheese and then Pepperoni on top to make it crispy. I also ordered a salad. All of the food was outstanding as was the service.
Allan and I "stumbled" on the wonderful Aegean Cafe Restaurant.
We were "window" shopping inLaguna Beach when we just happened to see a sign pointing upstairs to a Greek restaurant. Since we both enjoy Greek food, we decided to try it. What a good decision. They feature live Greek music, dancing waiters and sometimes belly dancers as entertainment.
The decor is all done in blues and whites. Huge windows surround the dining area; thus, the views of the town (especially at night) are wonderful.
They are open for dinner and lunch.
Closed on Mondays.
The service is excellent, and if you order Saganaki (flaming cheese), the waiter makes quite the production out of it.
There are linen white tablecloths and fresh vases of flowers, a delightful touch.
A restaurant with ambience, delicious food, and outstanding service.
Favorite Dish: We enjoyed this restaurant so much that we kept the receipt to remind us of it and what we ate. (How could we forget?)
We shared SAGANAKI (cheese flaming in brandy served tableside)
We shared a plate of Feta and Olives
I had a large Greek Salad. (Yum)
Allan had the Greek Combo (Tiropita, Spanakopita, Moussaka, Dolmades, Roasted Leg of Lamb, Rice Pilaf, Potatoes and vegetables!)
We both had dessert, but I cannot remember the name.
Everything we ordered, we ate because it was so wonderful.
We would highly recommend the Aegean Cafe Restaurant if you are in Laguna Beach, California.
Founders, Leon & Gail Greenberg knew what they were doing when they opened their LG's Steakhouse. Since that time, they have won rave reviews from their loyal patrons and acclaim from such critics as ZAGAT Survey who rated them excellent and the best steaks in Palm Springs.
They also won Tom Horan's America's Top Ten Club. But, most importantly, LG's Steakhouse won the Desert Sun Reader's Poll as "Best (Steakhouse) of the Valley". Allan and I have to agree after tasting their food, experiencing their service, and enjoying their atmosphere.
Favorite Dish: They only use USDA Prime meats, and it is obvious.
I ate the Filet and Lobster Tail combo (to die for), and Allan had some kind of Lamb that he exclaimed was "delicious".
The salad is big, fresh, and tantalizing. We always save room for dessert, and if you eat there, you should too.
Ma Dang Sae (as listed in phone book)/Ma Dang Soi (if you read the Hangul) is an authentic Korean Style BBQ Restaurant. You order the meat and they fire up the grill in the middle of the table and you cook it yourself. Roll the meat up in a wrapper with red pepper paste and a little garlic and stuff it in your mouth. Throw normal US table manners out the window. Make sure you sample all the side dishes and try that staple of korean dining, kimchi. Wash it down with soju if you feel adventurous. We did! My friends and I were the only non-Koreans in the place.
Favorite Dish: Sam Gyop Sal which is pork cooked on the grill and stuffed into a wrapper. It's sloppy but it tastes great.
Joselito's is a family-owned Mexican Restaurant. The decor is pretty well done (and about what you expect for a Mexican Restaurant) and the food is good. They have a nice patio if you wish to sit there (check inside first). Service was not great but was adequate. Joselito's is open 11 AM to 10 PM Monday through Thursday; 11 AM to 11PM on Friday and Saturday; and 10AM to 10 PM on Sunday.
Favorite Dish: I had a combination platter consisting of a cheese enchilada and a chili relleno. It was very good.
The decor, while not outstanding, is above the average. Same thing with the service. The taste of the food was outstanding. Portions were large. I highly recommend this restaurant. The cost was a little above average; but was worth it.
Favorite Dish: Try the Spicy Minced Beef or the Yellow Curry with Chicken. The Pad Thai is good too.
Okay so I might not normally put a chain restaurant in here but this particular Bob's Big Boy is different. This restaurant was built in 1949 by locals Scott MacDonald and Ward Albert and is the oldest remaining Bob's Family Restaurant in the United States. It has been declared a California Point of Historical Interest. The decor is retro to the 50s. Service was attentive and professional and the food was fine. It was featured in the movies "Heat" and "Austin Powers the Spy Who Shagged Me".
Favorite Dish: I had the Liver and Onions and my friends had the Super Big Boy Combo. We were all very pleased with our food.
Hooters is famous for their wings, chili, and attractive young women in white t-shirts and orange short shorts. The one in Burbank also had a guy working there.
Favorite Dish: My friend had the wings and proclaimed them "great". I had some excellent clam chowder.
Hans and I, along with Wanch, Annapet and Dulce went to the Ton Kiang Restaurant for Dim Sum. What a treat! Our table had a turntable on it. The servers would bring out little dishes of food for us to either accept or pass on.If you wanted to try the dish she would put it on our turntable for all of us to enjoy. We had such things as dumplings, steamed foong jeng, otherwise known as chicken feet (yes chicken feet), chicken balls , prauns and many other delicious items. She would mark our selections on a form, which was added up at the end of our meal.
California was a front runner in the craft brewing revolution that started in the early 1980s and has grown into quite an industry in the last 20 years. While the initial ones were just small breweries like Anchor in San Francisco, they branched out into brewpubs where not only the beers were brewed but also served along with food.
In 1994, I made my way around to as many of them as possible with some standouts including North Coast, Lost Coast, Hopland, Sudwerks, and the early Gordon Biersch. There were many others, some now defunct but others like most of the above are still going strong, some even going regional.
On our recent trip in 2008, we were far more selective and most of the visits were upstarts that had pushed the beer envelope quite a few notches since my initial foray into the California beer scene. New highlights were Bear Repubic in Healdsburg and Russian River in Santa Rosa along with standbys from my earlier trip but worth revisiting Anderson Valley in Boone and North Coast in Ft. Bragg. Details on those places can be found in my Mendocino page.
Favorite Dish: It should come as no surprise that beer and food are being paired on a par with wine and food. Since many of the California brewpubs are nestled into the wine region of Northern California it was only natural for the progression. Foods of great quality should be served with equitable beverages and craft brewing represents the very best in the beer world in the US today.
In 1994, most of of the brewpubs were serving burgers and other typical pub food and while most of the brewpubs stick to the tried and true, many offer new twists on old themes while others are much more upscale.
On our 2008 trip, we found lots of examples of both, with Bear Republic and serving some very interesting meals in particular. Magnolia in San Francisco is another front runner, paring artisan cheeses and salamis with their great cask beers.
What a surprising little place, and full of the most 'famous' people in VT! the company couldn't have been better, and the service was excellent too.
Unfortunately, I had eaten something with garlic in it earlier that afternoon, and I was feeling quite unwell. The restaurant staff prepared me a light meal of chicken and rice, just what the doctor ordered!
Favorite Dish: This restaurant serves breakfasts daily and a vast variety of maincourse meals, including vegetarian, seafood, poultry and steaks. Highly recommended.
Our final day in Big Sur began with a hike to the top of a mountain ridge within the Pfeifer State Park. There was a magnificent view at the top of the trail, the bright green valleys culminating in cliffs that dropped into the ravishingly blue and furious ocean below.
We had't splurged in California so we decided to visit the quaint but wealthy enclave of Carmel for a look at the sea and what we hoped would be a memorable and not painfully expensive lunch.
There is a story about an old woman of some ninety years, who lived in a rambling, doll-house like building on Fifth street between San Carlos and Mission. She was once Charlie Chaplin's cook, and ended her life as a daily hire handy woman. Her house was little more than a cottage, with twists and turns and shutters and courtyards - more rabbit-warren than human dwelling. Today a restaurant is housed in her remodeled home. We came upon Casanova by chance while walking from the parking lot to the beach. I had read about the romantic Comstock homes built in Carmel at the turn of the 19th century and thought this might be one of them. As it turns out - it was not.
Casanova is set just off the street in a well-tended and uncluttered garden, rich with soft flowers and cool greenery. We wandered in and found a seat in what might have been an ante-room or hallway in the original house. We had this little space all to ourselves - even though the restaurant was doing a brisk Sunday brunch business. It was as if time stopped for the hour and more it took us to enjoy our meal.
Favorite Dish: We started with warm artichoke stuffed with goat cheese which was mouth wateringly tangy and absolutely appetizing.
It was followed by a green salad of mesclun, tomato and celery root with a tart dressing of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
The main course was a seafood dish comprised of clams, mussels and fresh fish in a tomato and white wine base … cooked like a French bouillabaisse and served steaming hot in individual stainless steel pots. It was one of the best versions of this dish that I recall.
Good food can be found in many places … but there is a quality to Casanova that distinguishes it from other restaurants - a quality of good humor and warmth that are not forced. You genuinely feel at home in this little place and when you get up to leave, it feels like you have dined with an old friend.
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