by Patte Purcell

Do you love Mexican food? It’s my favorite, so naturally I hunt for good ones when I’m out and about. I recently discovered the Blue Coyote located at 445 N Palm Canyon Dr. in Palm Springs. This colorful indoor and outdoor restaurant is always a hub of activity. Their patios have expansive seating with umbrellas and misters and you can sit under the stars and revel in people watching. They also have numerous “casitas” for indoor seating as well. They have been in business since 1992 and have a reputation for authentic Mexican and Southwestern cuisine.
One of the things they are best known for (and why I chose them) is their “WILD COYOTE MARGARITA”. This is a margarita you will NOT forget. There are no mixes used in this one. It’s all fresh ingredients including lime juice. It’s made with gold tequila and orange curaçao. Make sure you allow for a ‘designated driver’ these margaritas pack a whallop! They range from $7.25 for a glass to $8.25 for a mug or a pitcher for $35.95, Ole!
Their Happy Hour runs Monday-Friday from 4-6 pm and includes drink specials including their ‘regular’ margarita at $4.95. Imported beers are $3.50, domestic beer for $2.50 and wine for $4.95.
Their bar menu is available as well with mini nachos, mini quesadilla or 3 sliders for $4.95. Two ground beef or potato tacos are only $3.95. During the summer they have all day happy hour on Mon-Wed. On Friday and Saturday they have a strolling guitar player to add to the ambiance from 6-9.
I usually judge a Mexican restaurant by their chips and salsa. I find if those are good, then the food usually is too. Blue Coyote serves warm homemade taco chips and a zingy pico de gallo salsa. A + in my book. The food is great too. I usually get their 3 enchilada special served with black beans. It’s always enough for 2 meals. They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner with a great selection of traditional dishes and a few interesting dishes thrown in to the mix like Blue crab cakes. A selection of salads and a heart healthy menu including a delicious ceviche are also available for the calorie conscious. Entrees are reasonably priced from $10.95 to $14.95.
Go get happy at the Blue Coyote.