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Shields Date Gardens

80-225 US Highway 111, Indio, CA - (760) 347-0996
Located in a grove of stately palm trees, Shields is an airy showroom for dates and date products available by mail order. There are a few old wooden booths where visitors can sit and enjoy date ice cream and date shakes, the latter unbelievably luxurious, and one of the culinary glories of old California.
92% Approval Rating (13 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
date ice cream
date shake
Dates
Pistachios

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (4)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Blast from the past! It is so strange and delightful to come upon Shields Date Gardens on Highway 111 in the midst of the development that has turned the Coachella Valley into a golf/resort/retirement paradise. This vintage roadside attraction doesn’t seem to have ..."   [Read More]
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John Weiser
December 08, 2007
"Forty years ago as a young teenager, I would visit my father in Palm Desert where he spent winters. At that time, Highway 111 heading west of Palm Desert was lined with date groves. Citrus trees were growing in the groves between the date palms and the fragrance when ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

80-225 US Highway 111, Indio, CA
(760) 347-0996

http://www.shieldsdates.com

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Dessert
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:Yes
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
Very thick but not too rich, this sweet date shake surely hits the spot every time.
"Very thick but not too rich, this sweet date shake surely hits the spot every time."
Chris & Amy Ayers





Jumbo Medjools: the richest fruit on earth.
"Jumbo Medjools: the richest fruit on earth."
Michael Stern


You can’t leave Shields without buying a tub of dates and their superior pistachios.
"You can’t leave Shields without buying a tub of dates and their superior pistachios."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Though not as powerfully sweet as the date shake, just one scoop of date ice cream should be enough to satisfy most sweet tooths.
"Though not as powerfully sweet as the date shake, just one scoop of date ice cream should be enough to satisfy most sweet tooths."
Cliff Strutz


To the left is the counter, to the right are the booths.  In between are dates for sale as well as California desert souvenirs.
"To the left is the counter, to the right are the booths. In between are dates for sale as well as California desert souvenirs."
Michael Stern


What was surely a real head-turning advertisement back in the ’60s is now a curious sign that hides a rather dry mini-documentary on date propagation.
"What was surely a real head-turning advertisement back in the ’60s is now a curious sign that hides a rather dry mini-documentary on date propagation."
Chris & Amy Ayers


The motion picture advertised on Shields' exterior wall is shown in a small theater to the side of the showroom. It is hardly a sex film. It's more like a mid-1950s science movie crossed with a travelogue.
"The motion picture advertised on Shields' exterior wall is shown in a small theater to the side of the showroom. It is hardly a sex film. It's more like a mid-1950s science movie crossed with a travelogue."
Michael Stern


This huge streetside knight puts the Shields metaphor over the top.
"This huge streetside knight puts the Shields metaphor over the top."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Arabian exotica in a suit of Medieval armor:  what traveler could resist this huge sign?
"Arabian exotica in a suit of Medieval armor: what traveler could resist this huge sign?"
Michael Stern


Once you finish your date shake and the movie, make sure you walk out back to check out the lovely scenery, which looks straight out of Lawrence of Arabia!
"Once you finish your date shake and the movie, make sure you walk out back to check out the lovely scenery, which looks straight out of Lawrence of Arabia!"
Cliff Strutz



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