I’ve been to the Blue Guitar. It’s an awesome place! Go early, it’s very popular (and crowded) and the parking is not easy around there. It’s worth it though!
I’m sure that the in-laws would love to watch the kids for one night and would never begrudge you and Mrs. Dan an evening out on the town.
P.S. Seriously, there is nothing more important in this world than giving up part of your self to raise the kids. Now that ours are 15 and 11, my wife and I are just starting to remember what it is like to go out just the two of us.
Thanks for the tip. It sounds great. Kind of like going to Buddy Guys’ here in Chicago. Unfortunately (well, fortunately really) I have two children – one age 3 and the other just a 4-month old, so staying out late listening to the blues is far off in my future.
I don’t know if you are a blues fan or not but I have a non-food suggestion for you. A good buddy of mine, Kal David, is both the proprietor and star of the show at The Blue Guitar on S. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. I guarantee that Kal’s guitar playing and singing will blow you away. There is nothing like hot blues and a cool drink to get one in the holiday spirit.
Thanks, everyone. I’m printing out this page and taking it with me. We leave on Dec. 9, so I’m still open to further suggestions.
Shield’s Date Garden in Indio on 111 will serve you a large glass of fresh grapefruit juice for about a buck fifty. It’s ice cold, and on a hot day, it’s the best ticket in town.
Try the VFW (SERIOUSLY!) in Desert Palm Springs (NO you do not need to be a member!). They make a mean liver and onions on Friday night and the best tacos on Wed. lunch.
Hope it’s not too late. The deli is probably Shermans. Another passable deli is Marsh’s Desert Deli on Rte 11 in Rancho Mirage. I don’t know of any "roadfood" in the area and most of the restaurants "over present" and over charge. There is one nice spot-Pacifica-on El Paseo which serves passable food on an outdoor deck. When we were last there wine was half price on Tuesdays.
The new Riverwalk (or River something) further down Rte 111 is a great location with upscale chain restarants, but, alas, no roadfood.
Go to Hadley’s in Cabazon (about 10 miles west) for a date shake. They are wonderful—–and try it with malt!
Every December, my family and I visit Palm Springs to spend time with my in-laws, who have a vacation house in Rancho Mirage. Except for one very good deli in Palm Springs, whose name escapes me, I haven’t found any restaurants very memorable out there. Does anyone have any suggestions? We’ll be back again in mid-December. Thanks.
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