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Croatian in Palm Springs (Jasmin Cafe)

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Croatian in Palm Springs (Jasmin Cafe)

cant talk...eating | Dec 27, 2012 05:52 PM

In a search for non-chain coffee in Palm Springs over Xmas, I stumbled into Jasmin Cafe about halfway down the strip (Palm Canyon and Taquitz Way). This is a small, informal, family-run place (Croatian family) that has several eastern European dishes on the menu, including stuffed cabbage, chicken paprikash, and chicken schnitzel, as well as homemade soups (hand-cut noodles in the chicken noodle!) and cookies (thick, buttery kolaches with strawberry jam).

It looked so good that we had our Christmas dinner there (with 4 kids under five) which really couldn't have been more perfect. The folks running it are very accommodating, with various random kid requests (to-go cup of apple juice, one pasta with no sauce, one with no cheese). They also fix a mean pb & j for the kids, and I was surprised they also serve wine (can't vouch for caliber - it was very drinkable).

Stuffed cabbages had ground beef and a hearty brown gravy, and were served with salad, wheat bread, mashed potatoes. Lentil soup as good as the chicken noodle (I was told), as was the paprikash (one of our friends recently returned from a trip to Hungary). Zero ambiance - like taking Polka in Glendale (just for an L.A. point of reference), and re-opening it in the strip-mall donut shop down the street - but good eats and just a charming experience. And, not glacially slow service (and there were other diners).

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