on January 11, 2009
During our stay at the Resort at La Quinta, my newly wedded husband and I did not have our usual wanderlust to venture out and find restaurants all over the town. Fortunately for us, La Quinta has several very nice restaurants on the resort’s property. The Adobe Grill quickly became one of our favorites for dinner, and we wound up eating two meals there during our short one-week stay. The Adobe Grill serves Mexican food and is open for both lunch and dinner. During heavy tourist season, reservations are required. Since we were visiting at the end of May we ended up making reservations a few hours in advance, but they probably weren’t necessary during this less-busy time of the year. We were given the choice of sitting outside on the spray-cooled veranda or inside both times we ate here, but I would think that patio-seats are harder to come by during busier times. The wait staff at the Adobe Grill was very nice and they and seemed to act as if they were all part of an extended family that was very content with their prized restaurant. They were quick to recommend their favorite restaurant-specialties and make patrons feel welcome in every sense of the word. My only regret is how quickly I agreed with their Grand Margarita suggestions- this margarita ended up being so large that I was definitely quite intoxicated before I finished the entire drink. The next time we ate here, I stuck with the smaller sized margarita. Speaking of margaritas, the Adobe Grill claims to have the best in Palm Springs and I would have to agree with this affirmation from what I sampled. They have a multitude of flavors from mango to raspberry to traditional. They also have many different types of tequila which you can choose as your base. The Grande version might seem a bit pricey at $18, but I assure you this is more like a pitcher of margarita than it is a solitary drink. The food at the Adobe Grill is very good. They have many traditional Mexican dishes with delicate ingredients like Queso Fresca, homemade Guacamole, and amazing mole sauces. A couple of the dishes were vegetarian friendly which made this additionally a good restaurant for vegetarian me and my carnivorous husband. The chips bought to the table before we got our meal with three dipping sauces were very good, but make sure you demonstrate some self-control before you fill-up before dinner arrives (as I did- Oops). Prices at the Adobe Grill are typical for restaurants of similar quality and ambiance. Most entrees were under $30 and our dinner-for-two with drinks came to about $100 both times we dined here. Charging our meal to the room was an added convenience that is offered if you’re staying at the Resort. I would definitely recommend venturing to the Adobe Grill even if you don’t happen to be staying on the La Quinta Resort property. The Mexican food is very good and the ambiance is peaceful and enjoyable; whether you’re honeymooning or with a group.
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