Mexican | Seafood
Worth a detour

Were it not for a recommendation from Roadfood correspondent Marlene Steinberg, I likely would not have stopped at Salsas. At the street end of Cathedral Plaza Shopping Center, it looks like just another storefront Mexican restaurant, of which there are multitudes in this part of the world. But the menu tells a different story. Among a full repertoire of familiar Mexican-restaurant fare (fajitas, burritos, tacos, etc.), there is a long repertoire of intriguing fish and shrimp dishes. It was shrimp that Marlene praised, grilled shrimp in creamy chipotle sauce in particular; and sure enough, they are wonderful. The plump pink crescents, edged with a bit of char from the grill, are so well complemented by the creamy, slightly spicy sauce that envelops them. On a plate with rice and refried beans, they’re a fantastic meal.

While lacking the excitement infused by a charcoal grill, shrimp sauteed in butter and garlic have sumptuous charm. Scattered in a taco along with shreds of cabbage, tomato, cool crema, and a couple of slices of ripe avocado, they become a Salsas best dish.

Beyond shrimp, Guanatos (“Guadalajara style”) tacos are especially good. They’re different because once they are stuffed with juicy, full-flavored shredded beef, they are grilled until their surface gets crisp and turns dark gold. The grilling is an inspired twist, and the beefy package is well-accompanied by a heap of sweet sauteed onions.

For dessert: flan served a la mode or pastel de elote (sweet corn cake) topped with creamy sauce.

Salsas is a happy little Mexican cafe with bare tables, paper napkins, and a hospitable staff who make newcomers feel right at home. The second time I stopped in, a waitress suggested a windowside table because the light would be better for the pictures she remembered I like to take.

What to Eat
Salsas, Grilled Shrimp with Chipotle Sauce
Grilled Shrimp with Chipotle Sauce
Killer best dish: char-cooked shrimp in creamy chipotle sauce
Salsas, Shrimp Taco
Shrimp Taco
Shrimp sauteed in butter and garlic come in a taco decorated with avocado.
Salsas, Taco Guanatos
Taco Guanatos
Tacos Guanatos (Guadalajara style) are grilled crisp, filled with succulent shredded beef, accompanied by caramelized onions.
Salsas, Fajitas
Marlene Steinberg, who took this picture, said there was enough on her fajitas plate to take leftovers home and feed two.
Salsas, Margarita
A full bar supplies margaritas, frothy or on the rocks.
Salsas, Guacamole
Guacamole is fine, but not nearly as compelling as Salsa's main dishes.
Salsas, Chips & Salsa
Chips & Salsa
Salsa packs enough heat to rouse taste buds to attention
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

Other Nearby Restaurants

  • Hadley Fruit Orchards

    Cabazon, California

    Claiming to have invented trail mix, Hadley Fruit Orchards of California is a top source for a date shake as thick as a Midwestern concrete.

  • John’s Restaurant

    Palm Springs, California

    A traditional Southern California coffee shop serving breakfast all day, char-broiled burgers, and hearty salads, John’s is a satisfying Palm Springs bargain.

  • Great Shakes

    Palm Springs, California

    From-scratch milk shakes in every imaginable (and unimaginable!) flavor make Great Shakes a best bet for sweet tooths in Palm Springs, California.

  • Tony’s Burgers

    Cathedral City, California

    Spectacular mile-high hamburgers dressed and loaded every which way make Tony’s a Cathedral City destination for adventurous eaters in search of extremes.

  • Koffi

    Palm Springs, California

    Superb coffee and espresso make Koffi a good destination for those in search of a quality caffeine fix in Palm Springs. Good pastries, too.

  • Frankinbun

    Palm Springs, California

    Frankinbun is a Palm Springs, California, hole-in-the-wall that elevates the hot dog and more worldly sausages to gourmet status. French fries are the best.