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Palm Springs

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A January 2004 trip to Palm Springs by SFPhotocraft

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Palm Springs

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Palm Springs Photo, Palm Springs, California
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Palm Springs is a place we go to relax and recharge. We have a condo here and it's a special place for our family. There's magic in the desert and it calms and soothes. Palm Springs is our spot. People come to the desert full of stress and leave with a sense of calm (and a good tan).Quick Tips: Take the tram up to the top of the peak. Get a massage - many great hands in the desert. Take a dip in the pool. Enjoy great Mexican food at El Mirasol. MOST OF ALL, RELAX AND UNWIND. DON'T RUSH, DON'T HURRY! Best Way To Get Around: If you are staying at a resort or downtown you may not need a car. However, if you are planning on exploring the area, you will find a c...Read More

Caliente tropics Resort

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Hotel | "Caliente Tropics"

Caliente tropics Resort Photo, Palm Springs, California
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Caliente Tropics proves everything old is new again. The motel opened in 1964 when faux Polynesian was all the rage. When the motel opened, it hosted the Rat Pack and Elvis - that's how cool it was! Well, times change and what was cool becomes tacky. However, if you wait long enough, it becomes cool again! This motel is like stepping back in time - they have done a great redo completed in 2001 and made sure things are up to date, and yet the charm and feel of 1964 was kept in place. They offer 90 spacious guestrooms around a large pool with great mountain views. Tikis and grass roofs abound all over the motel. The hotel is all non-smoking ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 19, 2004

Caliente tropics Resort
411 E. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs 92264
(800) 658-6034

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Palm Springs in August isn't as hot as the Viceroy. This cool new (2004) resort is making a big splash in the Palm Springs hip market. The hotel is located just a few blocks behind the main shops of Palm Springs on a quiet palm tree-lined street. The first thing you will notice are handsome muscle boys in one size too small T-shirts, waiting out front to valet your car. When you enter the whole lobby is lemon yellow, black, and white. It's very striking. The front desk and all the staff are young and hip. The hotel has only 74 guestrooms, suites, and private villas. It has a spar that features holistic and biodynamic trea...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 7, 2004

Viceroy Palm Springs
415 S BELARDO RD
Palm Springs, California 92260
760-320-4117

Miramonte Resort and Spa

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Hotel | "Miramonte Resort"

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Best Things Nearby:Palm Springs and all the wonderful things it has to offer. A chair by the pool and a good book is what makes this area so appealing.Best Things About the Resort:The pools were indeed nice and the location was okay.Resort Experience:Before we purchased our condo in the desert we did a trip over a Thanksgiving. This was special trip to house hunt and celebrate Thanksgiving we wanted the stay to be special and we were willing to pay a bit more than usual. There are so many great choices in the desert, but friends insisted the Miamonte was just what we were looking for. They raved about it. We booked a suite for $265.00 a night an...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on April 26, 2004

Miramonte Resort and Spa
45000 INDIAN WELLS LA
Indian Wells, California 92210
(760) 341-2200

Davey's Hideaway

Restaurant

Davey's Hideaway Photo, Palm Springs, California
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It's like an old supper club in days gone by. It's dark and crowded, with a piano player. There are big drinks and waitresses with big hair and big smiles.

The food is great -- steaks, pasta, and lamb. . . lots of it. They always have a big smile with your meal. It's great. There is a small outdoor seating area. It's small crowded and dark -- and everyone loves it!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 18, 2004

Davey's Hideaway
292 East Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, California 92264
(760) 320-4480

El Mirasol

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El Mirasol Photo, Palm Springs, California
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In our view, this is the best Mexican restaurant in the desert. It's a small family run business with great food. It's popular, so expect a wait, especially on the weekends. They do have a nice outdoor area in the front. The help is friendly and eager to please. The margaritas are outstanding. One of their specials is the crab enchiladas -- they are not on the menu, so ask your server if they can make them that night. If they have them, you are in for a treat, so don't even open the menu! However, our son swears that they also have the best burritos on the planet! The restaurant isn't much to look at. There are a few fountains scattered around, a few pieces of bad art, and the bar...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 18, 2004

El Mirasol
140 East Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, California 92264
(760) 323-0721

Elmer's

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Elmer's Photo, Palm Springs, California
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This is a popular hang out for breakfast in Palm Springs. It's a step up from a Denny's. Elmer’s is known for their great pancakes and waffles. Their puffed German pancake is what all the fuss is about!

The wait staff is good -- they will make sure your coffee cup is always full. Be prepared for a wait on Sundays; they don't take reservations and this is a popular breakfast stop. It's popular with all ages, families, and gay tourists and locals.

We recommend sticking to breakfast at Elmer's. They also have lunch and dinner, which have been a disappointment. It's all about the pancakes and breakfast items here!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 18, 2004

Elmer's
1030 East Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, California 92264
(760) 327-8419

Thai Smile

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Thai Smile Photo, Palm Springs, California
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This place has the best Thai food in the desert! Thai places are springing up like weeds here. But this is one of the first and still the best. We love it. The restaurant is located on Palm Canyon to the north and a little out of the thick of the main tourist action. When you arrive it's not much to look at, but don't judge a book by it's cover. Everything is cooked to perfection! Our favorite dish is the Green Mountain. It's so good I seldom stray from this old favorite. Although I have had their chicken curry and it too is worth the trip here. The kitchen totally understands spices. The waitstaff is all Thai and very polite and sweet. The owner is always on duty and ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 18, 2004

Thai Smile
651 North Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, California 92262
+1 760 320 5503

Sherman's Deli

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Sherman's Deli Photo, Palm Springs, California
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The one thing that California just doesn't have are good delis, or so we thought until we got to Palm Springs. Sherman's could be in the Bronx, Queens, or Manhattan, except this gem is right in the middle of the California desert. It's a true deli with huge overstuffed sandwiches and the best matzo ball soup anywhere on the west coast! They have a pastrami sandwich that instead of using bread, uses two potato latkes to hold the sandwich together -- OUTRAGEOUS but wonderful! If you have room (you won't), the desserts are huge and wonderful. One thing NOT like a New York deli is the staff. The desert deli staff has big smiles and make sure your stay with them is comfortable and enjoyable. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 19, 2004

Sherman's Deli
401 Tahquitz Canyon
Palm Springs, California 92262
+1 760 325 1199

Johannes Cosmopolitan Cuisine

Restaurant | "Johannes"

Johannes Cosmopolitan Cuisine Photo, Palm Springs, California
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This may be one of Palm Springs most elegant places to dine. Johanne the owner and the chef is from Austria and is a renowned chef. From the outside you may not be impressed. It's a bit strip mall in feel and is located right on busy Indian Canyon Drive. But who cares what the outside looks like? It's what inside that counts! The restaurant is mid century in design. It has some modern bright details and is bright fresh and clean with lots of color. It has two rooms and a long bar on one wall. Even with reservations you may find a bit of a wait and this bar is a great place to hang out waiting for a table. The bartenders are friendly and chatty. The menu is mixed. It does ha...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 18, 2004

Johannes Cosmopolitan Cuisine
196 South Indian Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, California 92262
(760) 778-0017

John Henry

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John Henry Photo, Palm Springs, California
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This is one of those places you hate writing about. It's already so popular and hard to get in that I wonder why I am telling more people and make reservations even harder to get! This is a find in every sense of the word. When you drive up you will swear you are in the wrong place. It's looks like you are pulling up behind Jensen's Supermarket, into their back delivery area - and you are! Yes you have found it! Just look at the cars parked everywhere! You then walk up to a very plain door (you feel like you are going into a Speakeasy). The door opens into a wonderful garden full of tables and happy diners. The outside area is large, the inside area is much smaller. You feel like you are ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 26, 2004

John Henry
1785 East Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, California 92262
(760) 327-7667

Peeraya Thai Restaurant Photo, Palm Springs, California
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Peeraya is a place that does not attract a lot of tourists. Peeraya sits far out Palm Canyon Drive and is not in the thick of things. It's in an old motel that is well past its prime. You most likely will pass it by as it has only a small sign and does not look very interesting. The inside is pretty bland with some bad Thai art and a few knick knacks thrown in. The lighting is bright. But did you come for great lighting or good food? The food is always great here. They know their spices and everything is flavorful and great tasting. The help is attentive and helpful with suggestions. The Pad Thai is outstanding as is the chicken curry. The staff will make sure the spice leve...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 18, 2004

Peeraya Thai Restaurant
2249 North Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, California 92262
(760) 320-8385

Otani

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Otani Photo, Palm Springs, California
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This is a replica of a Japanese temple in Palm Springs. Otani is indeed part of the large Japanese Otani chain, which has a large property in Los Angeles’ Japantown. This restaurant is under the supervision of the LA hotel. This Otani is not far from Palm Springs airport just off the main street of Tahquitz. When you enter you feel like you have walked into a peaceful Japanese garden. They have a large roof which houses the many Japanese offerings you can have here. It's like a Japanese village of eating options. Otani has a wonderful large bar with a lot of saki options. You can pick the cook at your table section, the Tempura Bar area, the Yakitori Bar area or of course the Sushi Bar. Don't worr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 29, 2004

Otani
266 Avenida Caballeros
Palm Springs, California 92262
(760) 327-6700

Europa

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Europa Photo, Palm Springs, California
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This is a place you may not expect to find in the desert. It feels more like a little hotel in Provence. Europa is a small restaurant located inside the walls of The Villa Royale Inn. The restaurant surrounds one of the hotel's pretty pools. The bar opens up to the pool and is a pleasant place for a cocktail, even if you are not dining here I suggest you stop by the bar for a cocktail. The restaurant is a series of small, intimate rooms and patios for your dining. Some have fireplaces. Fresh bougainvillea surround the patio to the bar, and the backdrop is the steep mountains. It's a pretty breathtaking setting. My sister-in-law chose to have her 60th birthday party here, and it was a perfect spo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 19, 2004

Europa
Villa Royale
Palm Springs, California 92264
(760) 327-2314

Chophouse & Deck

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Restaurant | "The Chop House"

Chophouse & Deck Photo, Palm Springs, California
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The Chop House is a Palm Springs agressive advertiser. When you visit PS you will see Chop House ads everywhere from billboards to print. I have always considered it one of the places tourists find and the locals stay clear of. We had local friends who swear The Chop House is one of the best places to find a good steak. We trusted their opinion and off we all went to The Chop House. My initial intuition was nearer the truth than my friend's suggestion. The Chop House and Deck are located on Palm Canyon in the very heart of Palm Springs. The Deck sits on the second floor and overlooks all the hubbub of downtown Palm Springs and Palm Canyon Drive. When we got upstairs it was clear the ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 7, 2004

Chophouse & Deck
262 South Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, California

Miro's Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Miro's"

Miro's Restaurant Photo, Palm Springs, California
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I was alone this weekend in Palm Springs and had a 3pm flight home. I wanted to try someplace new for lunch prior to my trip home. I had seen Miro's in the past and decided to give it a shot. I was happy I did. Miro's calls itself a Home Style European restaurant. It claims to serve food from Budapest, Rome, Vienna, Sarejevo or Mostar. On the lunch menu you will find gulasch, chicken paprikasch, stuffed cabbage and wiener schnitzel. Miro's is very pleasant. They offer outdoor seating in the front of the restaurant that is perfect for Palm Springs. It has a nice mountain view and is surrounded by fresh blooming plants. The inside is cozy and comfortable with a nice bar and warm color...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 19, 2004

Miro's Restaurant
1555 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, California 92264
(760) 323-5199

Gallito

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Restaurant | "El Gallito"

Gallito Photo, Palm Springs, California
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El Gallito sits off the main road (Hwy 111) in Cathedral City and is about 15 minutes from downtown Palm Springs. It's a cute little cottage. It looks like it was there years before the rest of strip malls were built up around it. The building is something you will notice as you drive by on Hwy 111. Parking your car is not a problem, parking your rear is. There is always a wait here. Come early and get your name of the list then wait. My one complaint is that they have no bar or anyplace to wait. They have a few small benches on the outside and that's it! On weekends in season the wait can approach two hours! The food is good and the service is fast paced but friendly. I really like...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 20, 2004

Gallito
68820 Grove Street
Palm Springs, California 92234
(760) 328-7794

Hamburger Mary's

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Hamburger Mary's Photo, Palm Springs, California
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I have many fond memories of the Mary's in San Francisco (original) and Honolulu. Sadly both the old Mary's are long gone, but they are opening new ones all over the country. So I was thrilled to learn we would be getting one in Palm Springs. I was also delighted when the building chosen was one that had a lot of open space and was on of my favorites. I picked a night and was excited for a great Mary's burger and fun atmosphere! The building looked great, all new and whitewashed. Ceiling fans and palms, it looked like the Caribbean. The bar was cool, surrounded by colored lights and a big screen showing great videos! It was Friday night at 7pm and there were only three tables full in ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on May 20, 2004

Hamburger Mary's
415 N. Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, California 92262
(760) 788-6279

Babes B-B-Que Grill & Brewhouse

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Restaurant | "Babes"

Babes B-B-Que Grill & Brewhouse Photo, Palm Springs, California
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A lot of places in the desert are known more for their drinks than their food, and I am sorry to report Babes is one of those places. Babes is great looking. It's located on the end of the river complex. When you enter you are greeted by three large bronze sows. The building is accented with light stone and is very inviting. The inside is a little dark and I like the patio best, with misters in the day and a fire pit in the evening. The wicker furniture is great. The wait staff all wears cowboy hats and jeans. It's a little corny for my taste. However the staff is friendly and they know their menu and bar selections. The big gimmick here are martinis and they have a lot of th...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 20, 2004

Babes B-B-Que Grill & Brewhouse
71800 Highway 111
Palm Springs, California 92270
(760) 346-8738

More than a Mouth Full

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Restaurant | "More than a Mouthful"

More than a Mouth Full Photo, Palm Springs, California
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We found this place when our favorite waitress at El Mirasol told our table she also works breakfast at More Than a Mouthful. We had to at least give it a try. The cute cafe is located in a great spot in downtown Palm Springs. It's just a half a block off the main drag of Palm Canyon. It's got a great outdoor seating patio and a few tables inside - it only seats 60 in all. You can't miss it the logo, it's a pair of huge red lips that hang over the door. Our friend was there and welcomed our group with big kisses on the cheek. We sat down at the last empty table in the place. A full restaurant is always a good sign! The restaurant was full of little cute touches. The coffee mu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 22, 2004

More than a Mouth Full
134 East Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, California 92262
760/322-3776

Maki Maki

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Maki Maki Photo, Rancho Mirage, California
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Maki Maki describes itself as "Californian Japanese Cuisine". That didn't say much to us, and we had no idea what Californian Japanese cuisine was or is. So we headed down to The River complex in Rancho Mirage to see what all the buzz was about. Maki Maki is located in the back of the The River complex and is a bit hard to spot or find right off the bat. I suggest looking at one of the maps of the complex or parking in the far back lot to find this restaurant. When you do find it, you will be impressed. It's a brand new, very shiny, very hip building. It has a small outside area and inside it's very sleek and modern. The hostesses will give you a big welcome as you come in through th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 24, 2004

Maki Maki
71-800 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage, California 92270
(760) 773-2800

Carrows

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Carrows Photo, Palm Springs, California
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When you pass Carrow's on Palm Canyon Drive, you may think it's another Denny's and does not look very interesting. However, Carrow's is a good choice for a quick meal with fresh foods and friendly service. Carrow's started in Santa Barbara and quickly spread throughout California. The concept is similar to Denny's or other diners, but improved upon with fresh foods and service. Palm Springs has an all night party reputation. In reality this reputation is undeserved. Palm Springs can not bill itself as a city that never sleeps, it sleeps every night and very well! So finding a late place in this town is impossible. Carrow’s stays open until midnight and 1am on weekends. This is one ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 26, 2004

Carrows
1243 East Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, California 92262
(760) 327-5150

Las Casuelas Terraza

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Las Casuelas Terraza  Photo, Palm Springs, California
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This is one of those places most tourists don't miss. Las Casuelas Terraza sits front and center of Palm Canyon Drive and it looks like a piece of Old Mexico. The bougainvillea bloom and it draws you in. This location has been here for 25 years and owned by the same family. It is tried and true as some restaurants have a short lifespan in the desert. The family has run Mexican restaurants in the desert for over 47 years! The restaurant is large. When you enter a costume clad hostess will seat you. I suggest the patio, as it is like sitting in a pretty garden in Mexico. They also have mariachis playing music here. The menu is ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 27, 2004

Las Casuelas Terraza
222 South Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, California 92262
(760) 325-2794

Tyler's Burgers

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Restaurant | "Tylers Burgers"

Tyler's Burgers Photo, Palm Springs, California
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Tyler's has a great location in the center divide of Old Palm Springs. You can't miss this cute little cottage selling the best burgers in Palm Springs! The lines at noon are usually long. What you do is sign in using the honor system on a yellow legal pad and wait for your name to move up the list. The wait can be 20 or 30 minutes, as this is a small place. However the area has some fun shops and galleries and you can easily amuse yourself. The menu is simple, hotdogs, burgers, fries, malts, and yes - even a cold beer! This is the place to come for a nice fresh juicy burger. Dr Atkins would have loved it. Over and over they win every Palm Springs poll for the best burger in town....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 28, 2004

Tyler's Burgers
149 S. Indian Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, California 92262
(760) 325-2990

Hamburger Hamlet

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Hamburger Hamlet Photo, Palm Springs, California
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SADLY THE HAMBURGER HAMLET IN PALM SPRINGS HAS CLOSED AFTER MANY YEARS OF SERVICE. Hamburger Hamlets can be found all over the LA area. They started in 1950 on the Sunset Strip and quickly became the chic place to order a burger and fries. The Palm Springs location is excellent. It's located center of Palm Canyon Drive and most visitors will pass it as they explore downtown Palm Springs. This location offers a nice patio to enjoy your meal and watch all the action on Palm Canyon Drive. I have long been a fan of Hamburger Hamlets in LA. It use to be one of my old "dating" spots and I have a lot of fond memories at the Hollywood location! Most of the Ha...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 1, 2004

Hamburger Hamlet
123 North Palm Canyon
Palm Springs, California 92262
+1 760 325 2321

Yard House

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Restaurant | "The Yard House"

Yard House Photo, Rancho Mirage, California
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Yard Houses are popping up all over southern California and a few other states. I am not always a fan of chains, but this is one that I can live with. The Yard House is in The River Complex in Rancho Mirage. It's got a pretty good location, pretty much in the center of things, but has good parking spaces to its side. The Yard House is great looking. It's big, fresh and modern. You will be impressed as you approach. Being in the River Complex, you have the faux river running by its front door. When you enter you have a large cavernous room with a huge bar that dominates the space. It's a bit noisy, crowded and lots of fun. It bills itself as American/Asian fusion. It does have seve...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 23, 2004

Yard House
71800 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage, California 92270
(760) 779-1415

Kobe Japanese Steak House

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My sister took me to my first teppan yaki restaurant when I was in the sixth grade. All the cutting, slicing and showmanship at the table captivated my attention. The food was not bad either and I was hooked for a lifetime. In the years gone by the Benihana style teppan yaki restaurants have seemed to fall out of favor with more trendy foodies. I have become a closet teppan yaki fan and keep my love of the style away from more sophisticated foodie friends. Palm Springs has a great one in Rancho Mirage. It's hard to miss as it sits right on Hwy 111 and looks like a large Japanese temple or shrine. It has a large blue tile roof with koi ponds and gardens surrounding the landmark. The k...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 24, 2004

Kobe Japanese Steak House
69-838 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage, California 92270
+1 760 324 1717

Olympia Restaurant

Restaurant | "Olympia"

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This is one place I really wanted to give a glowing write up to. I love good Greek food and Palm Springs needed a good Greek restaurant. I had hoped this one would be it. We have eaten here twice. The people could not be friendly or happier to see customers. They fall all over themselves to make things good for you. However that falls short when the food just isn't good. Once I ordered the pistachio and it was way overcooked. The macaroni noodles were as hard as rocks. The Greek salad is okay, but I have had many that were much better. I have also had the calamari and it was tough and rubbery in taste. They also have some American favorites on the menu like steak, salmon, a...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 9, 2004

Olympia Restaurant
42434 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, California 92270
+1 760 341 6500

Red Tomato and Original House of Lamb

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Restaurant | "The Red Tomato"

Red Tomato and Original House of Lamb Photo, Palm Springs, California
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The Red Tomato is fun. It's the type of place you go with friends when you want good food, good service, and a place that won't empty your wallet. It's not much to look at when you drive by on Highway 111 through Cathedral City. It's a one-story, square building with a lot of LARGE homemade signs and neon plastered on the front. You may even call it a little tacky. It's also a bit confusing as the building houses two restaurants, both owned by the same owner and both operate out of the same kitchen. The Red Tomato shares it's building with The Original House of Lamb. When you walk in, it's kind of like the living room of your bachelor uncle in Queens. There are lots of black and whit...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 10, 2004

Red Tomato and Original House of Lamb
1201 East Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs 92264

Dates Cafe and Bar

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Dates Cafe and Bar Photo, Palm Springs, California
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Dates is located in the Villa Hotel in Cathedral City. Its location is a little strange, as it's in a lot behind a Target Store. When you drive up to the hotel, you go through a street that looks like a bombed-out section of Baghdad. There are discarded sofas, chairs, and garbage lining the street up to the hotel. It's not the hotel's property, but you would think the owners would want to make sure the drive-up to the property would be a pleasant one. Once you enter the Villa it's a different world. Pretty gardens and fountains seem like an oasis in the middle of the Target parking lot. Dates is located around the pool and is pleasant. The furniture is a bit cheap, but the outside ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 11, 2004

Dates Cafe and Bar
67670 Carey Road
Palm Springs, California 92234
(760) 328-7211

Spencer's

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Spencer's Photo, Palm Springs, California
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After an uncommon winter of rain in the desert, Easter finally brought the warm and sunny desert weather back home. We wanted our Easter brunch to celebrate the return of spring, and we wanted to eat outside under the warm sun. We knew the perfect spot - Spencers - and quickly booked a table for Easter brunch. Spencer's is located inside the Palm Springs racquet club and is surrounded by the mountains, tennis courts, and one of the prettiest pools in Palm Springs. It's a favorite spot for weddings and other special events. It's pretty much the quintessential Palm Springs dining experience. We were happy to get a table on the open patio. The thump ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 11, 2005

Spencer's
701 West Baristo
Palm Springs, California 92262
(760) 327-3446

Knott's Soak City Water Park

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Attraction | "Knott's Soak City"

Knott's Soak City Water Park Photo, Palm Springs, California
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Very clean park with lots of water rides. The slides are fun and they offer slides of different skill levels and fear factors. The MOST scary is the Tidal Wave Tower, which has a seven-story drop (48" height required). However have no fear they also have very mild kiddie slides as well. The wave pool is a wonderful place to relax or just catch some rays on a float. They also offer a mild river ride where you can relax on a slow moving river on an inner tube. The food is good with lots of outlets. They also have vending machines everywhere with sodas and frozen candy bars. The park is well mantained and the staff is friendly. A few of the lifeguards have had their fill...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 18, 2004

Knott's Soak City Water Park
1500 South Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, California 92264
(760) 327-0499

Palm Springs Desert Museum

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Palm Springs Desert Museum Photo, Palm Springs, California
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The museum sits in downtown Palm Springs against the mountain. It's a great looking building and blends right into the hillside. It's striking in its blend with the surrounding environment. The museum collection is a bit strange. It's VERY eclectic. I am never sure if it's an art museum, natural history or museum of local history. I guess all three, although I feel it would be clearer if they focused on being one thing and not a little bit of everything. The art collection is good. They have some Chagall, Chihuly and my favorite two Duane Hanson sculptures. These are the sculptures that look lifelike of everyday people. The best one sits near the front door and is an older overweig...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 18, 2004

Palm Springs Desert Museum
101 Museum Drive
Palm Springs, California 92262
+1 760 325 0189

Hunter's Video Bar

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Attraction | "Hunter's"

Hunter's Video Bar Photo, Palm Springs, California
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Hunter's in the main gathering spot for gay men in Palm Springs. It has a mix of locals and tourists and all ages, shapes and sizes. The nice thing about Palm Springs is that people mix it up. You have the hot boys from LA and you have the older guys who are here to retire - everyone is welcome and there is no attitude. Hunters has a great outdoor area in the front that is popular in the late afternoon and early evening and is very relaxed. As the night wears on things speed up and the crowd does get younger and the disco gets going. By 2am it's on full throttle. The bartenders are cute and friendly and because a lot of people are here on holiday, you find an "I am on vacation" attitu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 26, 2004

Hunter's Video Bar
302 East Arenas Drive
Palm Springs, California 92262
+1 760 323 0700

GayMart

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GayMart Photo, Palm Springs, California
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Gaymart is a large store located on Arenas in downtown Palm Springs. It's located directly across from Hunter's and is hard to miss. The store has a bit of everything. It's a good place to pick up a risqué card or find a good gay guide book for Palm Springs. It has a large selection of clothing. However, this clothing you won't find at your local Old Navy. It's the stuff you see the circuit boys wearing and ask yourself, "Where do they find that stuff?" You have found where! This place sells everything from mesh bikini bottoms to teeny-tiny sparkly shirts. It's fun to look at, but not for me! However, it seems to sell, as there are herds of people racing to the dressing rooms. ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 6, 2004

GayMart
305 East Arenas Road
Palm Springs, California

Stewart Galleries

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Stewart Galleries Photo, Palm Springs, California
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In Palm Springs, antiques mean 1955. Without question, Palm Springs is the best place to find mid-century treasures. That is what makes Stewart Galleries so unique -- they don't do mid-century. Phil and George retired to the desert from Bucks County, PA. However they hardly retired, they opened one of the foremost galleries in Palm Springs and have been busy from day one. Stewart Galleries is two parts. One room is full of antiques and treasures from around California. It's fun to poke around and find some interesting items. We bought a wonderful mirror here from the 1930s that was lined with seashells. It was in perfect condition and the p...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 19, 2004

Stewart Galleries
191 South Indian Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, California
(760) 325-0878

See's Candies

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See's Candies Photo, Palm Springs, California
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I sure don't have to write this review for anybody from the West Coast. We all know our See's and love them. I am writing this for the poor unfortunate folks who have never set foot inside a See's candy store. See's is a California tradition. So many other regional candy stores are shutting their doors, but See's goes strong and remains a part of California. No matter what See's you walk into, you will find it clean and bright. The one in Palm Springs is right on the main drag (Palm Canyon) and is in a small California style cottage with a tile roof and green wooden shutters. The See's building sits right in the center of things and is part of the Palm Springs landscape. When y...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 20, 2004

See's Candies
144 S Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, California 92262
(760) 325-6211

Desert Imax Theatre

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Desert Imax Theatre Photo, Palm Springs, California
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"Build it and they will come," or so hoped the government of Cathedral City. The centerpiece of the city's redevelopment plan was a huge IMax complex. The complex is new and fresh and very well laid out. The stadium seating makes sure everyone has a great seat. The seats are as comfortable as that favorite chair in your den at home.The complex's centerpiece is the theater but it also had cafes and shops when it first opened. Not all projects make it. The city has vowed to keep pumping money into the theater, but the cafe and shops have already closed. I worry that the theater may be next to close down. The movies they show in Imax quality cannot compare to other smaller theater...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 27, 2004

Desert Imax Theatre
68510 E Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, California 92234
(760) 324-7333

Palapas of Araby Cove

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Palapas of Araby Cove Photo, Palm Springs, California
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Palapas is one of those places that is difficult to put a label on. The complex is a long-standing nursery that helped many desert gardens bloom. It still is one of the best desert nurseries in the valley. Giving the whole complex a lush garden feel with running water and hundreds of blooming plants and cacti. Several years ago the nursery expanded into an artist community. Thirty studio spaces were built around the nursery and premier desert artists had a place to rent quality studio space and be part of a thriving artist community. This was a great treat for all of us in Palm Springs. We had a beautiful nursery, and we had a place where we coul...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 2, 2004

Palapas of Araby Cove
3255 East Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, California 92264
+1 760 416 1818

Palm Springs Skatepark and Pool Photo, Palm Springs, California
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Okay, now I am writing about something totally out of my element - a skateboard park! However, our son is an avid skateboarder and I have been here enough to be able to write about it from a parent's point of view. Palm Springs built this park in 2003. It's one of the largest and the best in Southern California. It's 30,000 square feet and the skateboarders love it. It's been voted one of the ten best parks by SoCal Skate Website. It has several courses and pools and it's large. However, this is Palm Springs and the temp during the day can get really high, so the prime times to use this park are in the morning or early evenings. The mountain backdrop of the park is breathtaking. The ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 12, 2004

Palm Springs Skatepark and Pool
401 South Pavillion Way
Palm Springs, California

River Complex

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River Complex Photo, Palm Springs, California
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The River Complex is a new addition to the Rancho Mirage landscape. It's a stylish, tastefully done complex that blends into the desert landscape. The backdrop for this complex are the dramatic desert mountains. At sunset, this place could be a postcard come to life. A small, man-made river runs through the center of the complex, giving you the feel of a desert oasis. The centerpiece of this complex is a large, multi-screen movie theater, The Century Theater. It shows first-run movies and is a large, comfortable movie theater. Around the complex are plenty of places to eat and dine before or after your film. The River has a PF Changs, A Cheesecake Factory, a great sushi place, The Ya...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 21, 2004

River Complex
71800 Highway 111
Palm Springs, California 92270
(760) 341-2711