Many people have asked me, “What is your favorite place to eat in the valley?” and while I cannot choose a favorite out of the dozens that I have frequented, there is one that is rapidly climbing to the top of my list. Backstreet Bistro is a place I could eat at seven days a week! Serving breakfast lunch, and dinner, they offer a variety of dishes that are sure to please everyone and you won’t have to take out a second mortgage to enjoy a night on the town.
After a day of shopping on El Paseo, I invited a special guest to dinner at Backstreet Bistro. At the manager’s suggestion, we dined outside where we were able to capture the beauty of the desert’s night sky. Our server, Fabiola was pleasant and always smiling, in fact, it was nice to see an entire staff with smiles for a change, I could tell that owner, Lavane, is doing something right! We started with a couple traditional starters, bruschetta and calamari. The bruschetta bread was toasted perfectly and a great start to the evening. Bad calamari can ruin a meal but you won’t have to worry about that here. It is always fresh and cooked perfectly. We shared the caprese salad of soft buffalo mozzarella and vine ripened tomatoes with a subtly sweet balsamic reduction. It was beautifully plated and a perfect taste between courses. My absolute favorite entrée on the dinner menu is Grandma Pat’s Scaloppini. Tender veal medallions, topped with a champagne mushroom sauce with a touch of cream and served with homemade mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables. I was able to taste my guest’s Lobster Ravioli, another favorite on the menu, topped with a vodka tomato cream sauce. The texture and flavors are consistently spot on!
There is one dish, that no matter where I go, if it is on the menu, I will order it! Tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts, but if not made right, can be a major disappointment. You won’t have to give it a second thought at Backstreet Bistro because their creamy Tiramisu is perhaps the best in the valley!
One of the best things about this beautiful restaurant is the live jazz entertainment! I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than on Backstreet Bistro’s patio enjoying the music of an extremely talented Linda Peterson and her musical guests like the amazing saxophonist, Joe Canoura. Come by Tuesday nights and enjoy jazz music from local jazz artists. Backstreet Bistro is located at 72-820 El Paseo in Palm Desert, open Monday through Friday from 11:00am to 10:00pm, serving breakfast 8:00am until 1:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday. www.backstreet-bistro.com