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Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine

Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine

By | October 23, 2013 at 1:50 pm | No comments

By Raymond Bill Each week, I make an effort to visit a different restaurant here in our valley and mostly, I seek unique, privately owned fine dining restaurants that boast originality. This week, I strayed from my normal routine and dined at a chain restaurant that prides...

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Copley’s On Palm Canyon

Copley’s On Palm Canyon

By | October 16, 2013 at 3:43 pm | No comments

By Raymond Bill For most of last season, I heard much buzz about a newer restaurant with great food and ambiance that has been increasing in popularity among locals. This season, I decided not to wait to see why Copley’s on Palm Canyon has become so successful. The bar was...

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Brunch at La Vallauris

Brunch at La Vallauris

By | October 9, 2013 at 4:59 pm | No comments

By Raymond Bill Finally! It’s my favorite time of year! The weather is perfect and all of our seasonal restaurants have reopened. I can’t think of a better way to enjoy the beginning of the season than a Sunday Brunch. While some prefer a buffet style meal, I prefer a...

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Richie’s Diner: Great American Food

Richie’s Diner: Great American Food

By | October 2, 2013 at 3:31 pm | No comments

By Tracy Dietlin One of the great things about our valley is that we have a plethora of dining venues to choose from. I always get excited when I stumble upon a well-kept secret or restaurant that is not at all what I would expect. That would be the case with Richie’s...

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Eureka!: American-Made And Proud Of It

Eureka!: American-Made And Proud Of It

By | September 18, 2013 at 4:28 pm | No comments

By Judith Salkin “eu-re-ka: interjection \yu̇-ˈrē-kə\” -- used to express excitement when a discovery has been made; from the Greek heurēka (I have found it); from Webster’s dictionary If you haven’t discovered Eureka!, taking the short drive to Indian Wells...

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Healthier Chickens, New Menu Items and 8th Wine Spectator Award among latest additions to Zin American Bistro’s offerings in Palm Springs

Healthier Chickens, New Menu Items and 8th Wine Spectator Award among latest additions to Zin American Bistro’s offerings in Palm Springs

By | July 24, 2013 at 4:35 pm | No comments

By Rachel Montoya For more than nine years, Zin American Bistro (PSZin.com) has been delighting guests with their inspired menu and extensive wine selection. Last week it was announced that Zin Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2013 Image received the Wine Spectator 2013...

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Chapelli’s

Chapelli’s

By | July 17, 2013 at 5:28 pm | No comments

By Rachel Montoya A couple weeks ago a close friend of mine from out of town was visiting and requested we do Italian and stay on the east side of the valley where he was staying. Several other friends had been recommending Chapelli’s for quite some time. Since his hotel...

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Pueblo Viejo

Pueblo Viejo

By | July 10, 2013 at 3:19 pm | No comments

By Rachel Montoya Recently a few friends and I decided to try Pueblo Viejo in Indio, a place we had never been. What a pleasant surprise it was. As we entered the restaurant we were not expecting it to be as big as it is. There is a lengthy row of booths against one wall...

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Pacifica Seafood Restaurant

Pacifica Seafood Restaurant

By | July 3, 2013 at 1:14 pm | No comments

By Raymond Bill There are few restaurants in this valley that I seem to be drawn back to time and again. Pacifica Seafood Restaurant is one of my favorite restaurants and my most recent visit did not disappoint. I was invited to dinner with a dear friend and I knew what I...

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Happy Hour Hotspot: Piero’s Pizza Vino

Happy Hour Hotspot: Piero’s Pizza Vino

By | June 26, 2013 at 1:03 pm | No comments

by Patte Purcell Are you looking for something different in the desert this summer? I'm happy to report that a new Happy Hour has gotten into full swing at Pierro's PizzaVino with ½ price food in the lounge all the time and some terrific drink specials. If you are a fan...

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Seared Scallops a la Slim Man

Seared Scallops a la Slim Man

By | June 26, 2013 at 1:02 pm | No comments

When I want to cook something quick and delicious and healthy and impressive, this is what I cook. Scallops are one of my favorite things. Too bad they cost so much! Ingredients: 1 pound dry sea scallops (Ask your fish dude if the scallops are dry or wet. Wet scallops...

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Alicante: Sidewalk Dining with a Hint of Spain

Alicante: Sidewalk Dining with a Hint of Spain

By | June 19, 2013 at 12:48 pm | No comments

By Judith Salkin Chef/owner Mindy Reed now has the Palm Springs restaurant community covered from A to Z. When she and her late partner, Chef Nicolas Klontz, opened Zin American Bistro in 2005, the pair served up a mix of French, American and Belgian cuisine accompanied by...

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PS Underground

PS Underground

By | June 19, 2013 at 12:46 pm | No comments

By Raymond Bill When it comes to dining out in the valley, the rules have completely changed! In a customer-centric community driven by competition, we constantly seek something unique in our dining selection; we desire an experience that appeals to all senses. Many local...

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Tinto: Basque Dining in the Desert

Tinto: Basque Dining in the Desert

By | June 12, 2013 at 9:31 pm | No comments

By Judith Salkin I’ve never been to Spain’s Costa del Sol to bask in the Mediterranean sun that shines along the Gold Coast or to indulge in the regional foods that has over the centuries combined the influences of the region’s history. From the fresh seafood of the...

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Sullivan’s Steakhouse

Sullivan’s Steakhouse

By | June 5, 2013 at 3:04 am | No comments

By Raymond Bill While I enjoy a full dining experience, some of my best dining experiences have been during happy hour. Having a multi-course meal at a table for two can be memorable but nothing compares to enjoying several small plates and specialty cocktails with a group...

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Ray’s Top 5 For Restaurant Week

Ray’s Top 5 For Restaurant Week

By | May 29, 2013 at 12:45 pm | No comments

By Raymond Bill Beginning this weekend, many of my favorite restaurants will be participating in the Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week, where guests have the opportunity to enjoy a three-course meal for a set price. Now residents and tourists alike can enjoy...

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Trio Restaurant: Where Palm Springs Eats

Trio Restaurant: Where Palm Springs Eats

By | May 22, 2013 at 1:45 pm | No comments

by David Wayne I came to the realization while dining at Trio restaurant in Palm Springs that not only do I love to eat, but I also love the whole dining experience. Trio has one of the most unique menus in the Coachella Valley, from Crawfish Pot Pie to Lamb Shank; and it has...

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Nothing “Blue” About Rio Azul’s Menu

Nothing “Blue” About Rio Azul’s Menu

By | May 15, 2013 at 10:25 am | No comments

By Judith Salkin I’ve always believed that you can find some of the best food in the small, out of the way restaurants. That especially holds true when talking about exotic foods or foods that are as indigenous as “American” food. Here in the Coachella Valley it’s...

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bluEmber

bluEmber

By | May 8, 2013 at 12:24 pm | No comments

By Raymond Bill Some of my favorite restaurants in the Coachella Valley are not found on the busy streets of downtown; rather, they are tucked away in some of the finest hotels our desert has to offer. With luxurious views of world-class golf courses and live entertainment,...

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Cuistot

Cuistot

By | May 2, 2013 at 10:10 am | No comments

By Raymond Bill I am excited to share my experience at Cuistot, where I enjoyed the best meal I have had this year! Although I have eaten at many restaurants across our valley, this particular meal was beyond incredible! While on a blind date, I discovered what separates...

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Capri Italian Restaurant at Miracle Springs Hotel

Capri Italian Restaurant at Miracle Springs Hotel

By | May 2, 2013 at 10:09 am | No comments

By David Wayne When the Publisher of CV Weekly asked me to be the alternate pampered palate, I was excited, and wanted to pick a special place for my first experience. I chose Capri Restaurant at Miracle Springs Hotel in Desert Hot Springs. Coming across the valley into...

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Pampered Palate – The Nest

Pampered Palate – The Nest

By | April 24, 2013 at 3:20 pm | No comments

By Raymond Bill Recently, I stumbled upon one of our valley’s best kept fine dining secrets. This restaurant is not downtown Palm Springs, nor is it found on Palm Desert’s famous El Paseo. No, the great find that impressed me so much is The Nest in Indian Wells. Most of...

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Figue Mediterranean

Figue Mediterranean

By | April 10, 2013 at 2:33 pm | No comments

For months now, I have been hearing much buzz around town about the opening of Figue Mediterranean in La Quinta.  I finally made it in, just two weeks after its grand opening.  When a new restaurant opens, there are many kinks needed to be worked out and because of this, I...

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Mitch on El Paseo

By | March 6, 2013 at 12:46 pm | No comments

It seems there are more new restaurants opening this season than ever before and I am hopeful that I will dine at each one before the season’s end.  This week, I was fortunate to celebrate my birthday at one of the most talked about new restaurants in Palm Desert.  Featuring...

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Stuft Pizza

By | February 20, 2013 at 6:18 pm | No comments

While I enjoy dining in the many fine restaurants here in the Coachella Valley, there are some casual restaurants that provide a high quality experience for a fraction of the price. One of my favorite restaurants that my children also enjoy is Stuft Pizza in Old Town La Quinta....

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The Pampered Palette

By | February 13, 2013 at 7:59 pm | No comments

After dining in several restaurants this past week, there is one that stands out, deserving of some attention. I have heard the commercials and the buzz about Escena Lounge & Grill but finally had the chance to experience this place for myself. It is not the easiest place to...

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Backstreet Bistro

By | February 6, 2013 at 1:26 pm | No comments

While continuing my mission to revisit some of last season’s favorites, I took a special guest to Backstreet Bistro for dinner.  We were surprised to see a completely full restaurant on a Monday and were grateful for having made a reservation.  I was excited to see that we...

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Chapelli’s

By | January 30, 2013 at 11:09 am | No comments

With so many new restaurants opening each season here in our valley, it can be easy to overlook the staples that have been here for many years.  This season, I hope to revisit some of my favorites from last year to see what it is that keeps them popular among locals.  When I...

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Prime Rib at Palm Desert Country Club (PDCC)

By | January 23, 2013 at 5:05 pm | No comments

by Rachel Montoya   Upon entering PDCC you will first walk into an intimate bar & lounge area which boasts big screen TV’s to watch your favorite game or event. Then you enter the spacious dining room that has many tables set far enough apart from each other...

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Goven Artisan Kitchen

By | January 16, 2013 at 11:06 am | No comments

While Raymond has received great response from readers with his contributions to the Pampered Palate, I could not help but share my recent experience at one of the valley’s finest restaurants and best kept secrets. Looking for the perfect venue to celebrate a very special...

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Johannes

By | January 9, 2013 at 6:59 pm | No comments

When it comes to fine dining in our valley, it can be a challenge to find an establishment that parallels fine cuisine with truly professional service. Having worked in this valley as a fine dining server for over a decade, I understand what it takes to be professional and when...

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Birba

By | December 11, 2012 at 8:51 pm | 14 comments

As I continue to seek out the best restaurants in Palm Springs, I realize how many choices in which we have to dine. With so many new restaurants opening and the busy season upon us, there is much competition for a great dining experience. With the success of Cheeky’s and...

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Workshop Kitchen and Bar

By | December 4, 2012 at 9:17 pm | 10 comments

Workshop Kitchen and Bar After some good and bad dining experiences in Palm Springs, I have decided that I should do a little more research on where to find the best restaurants in the west end of our valley. With many new restaurants and some old favorites to choose from, I...

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Zin American Bistro

By | November 27, 2012 at 6:15 pm | 24 comments

Having enjoyed my fill of holiday comfort food with friends and family, I opted to pass on leftovers and went downtown to Palm Springs for dinner with a good friend this past weekend. We ended up at a popular restaurant on the strip that always seems to be busy when I walk by...

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Holiday Hugs Dinner

By | November 20, 2012 at 9:26 pm | 2 comments

Since the CV Weekly began back in March, I have contributed to the Pampered Palate column with reviews of some of the finest, most reputable restaurants here in our community. This holiday season, I would like to take a brief respite from my usual complimentary interpretation of...

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