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Any suggestions for not too pricey restaurants in Palm Desert area

Old Aug 2nd, 2005, 07:51 AM
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Any suggestions for not too pricey restaurants in Palm Desert area

I will be visiting Palm Deserts this month, and we are a party of 8. I was looking for suggestions for good restaurants. Personnaly, I want to avoid food chains and expensive restaurants. Is there any good restaurants that will not be very expensive. For example, between eating at Burger King and a Mortons or expensive French Bistro, I was hoping to see what my options were.
Also, is there any street or area near Palm Desert that has a bunch of cafes.

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El Paseo is a long, ritzy shopping street in
Palm Desert. Good for window shopping
(although it will be HOT in August). On the
street there are several nice cafes with good
menus. One is Cedar Creek Inn. Daily Grill
is also there. While DG is part of a small chain, the food is varied and good. I would
avoid all the steakhouse chains - they are
outrageously expensive and the food not
outstanding. Tai Ping (right on Highway 111
in Palm Desert) is a family run, impeccably
clean really good and authentic Chinese restaurant. Not cheap but a reasonable and really good meal. For a splurge, I'd go a little way up the road to an Italian restaurant
in Rancho Mirage called Alberto's (also on Highway 111). Very small, personal, not a chain and excellent food. Be sure to make a reservation. One piece of local advice - do not be tempted to go to Cuistot. This was once a very small, creative (although expensive) French restaurant. It moved to a mega location on Highway 111, and the experience is not the same. The food is no longer special, service marginal, a big cavernous series of rooms, and the prices as high as ever for mediocre food. The Cliff House is fun, but I suggest the bar menu (really good burgers, quesadillas, etc.) at the bar rather than the dining room. Hope this gives you some ideas.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2005, 10:10 AM
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Thanks a bunch. I will check out your picks. You happen to have great knowledge about that area. Any other suggestions for things to do and avoid. Also, any side trips you can reccommend.
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I agree about El Paseo. That would be your shopping street. Also the River shopping Center is new, and very nice. They have a few restaurants, a Borders, Movie Theater, and a Cheesecake Factory that a lot of people seem to love. They also have a Yard House which has pretty good food.

PD has quite a few chains, but some of the really good ones. Like PF Changs, Roys of Hawaii, Macaroni Grill, and the Daily Grill is very good, California Pizza Kitchen. For lower scale the have In and Out Burger, Rubios and Baja Fresh which are also good.

You do not say if your party of 8 is all adults or children or teens or what, and that info would help for recommending things. Or how long you will be staying.

The tram is fun. Some people while like outlet shopping like Cabazon, about 30 minutes west of Palm Springs. There are some casinos there like Trump 29 and they just built a huge Casino Morongo that is supposed to be upscale.

Hope this helps. Of course there is golf, tennis, swimming, shopping, and all the basic stuff if you can stand the heat.
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I don't know if they are open in August (many restaurants close) but our family likes The Nest in Indian Wells, on Hwy 111, when we stay in the desert. It is reasonable and has French/Italian food. It's a fun experience.

http://www.thenestindianwells.com/
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I think there's an Elephant Bar in Palm Desert. It's a chain (although a relatively small one), but still great food -- and inexpensive.
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Thanks for all the great info. I am planning on staying at the Marriot Villas. I hope it is central, I will find out when I get there. The party is mostly adults, also I am planning on going there for 6 days. I am thinking of maybe driving to Las Vegas or San Deigo, do not know yet. Actually, I wont even mind driving to some nice beach nearby. I do not know whcih one yet.
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